1-2 Research Specialists

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline

December 12, 2021

1-2 Research Specialists

The Eukaryotic Single Cell Genomics facility (ESCG), is looking for 1-2 highly qualified Research Specialists.

ESCG is a core facility at Karolinska Institutet and a national facility at Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). Based at SciLifeLab in Stockholm, the focus of ESCG is on high throughput streamlined transcriptome and genome analysis of large numbers of individual eukaryotic cells. The first vacancy is a substitute (vikariat) and the second possible position is a temporary employment.

Your mission

ESCG constructs RNA and DNA sequence libraries from single-cell suspensions using state-of-the-art technologies. You will handle delicate primary cell samples, fragile RNA and sensitive instruments on a daily basis.

Your responsibilities will include all aspects of running single-cell methods, RNA-isolation and sequencing library construction, microscopy, image analysis, quality control, trouble-shooting. Methods include Smart-seq3 protocol, Chromium system from 10x Genomics and custom protocols. Additionally, you will operate liquid handling robots, qPCR/PCR, and Bioanalyzer instruments. Your work may also include to implement new single-cell methods at the facility.

Other tasks may include project coordination, user consultations, cost calculations, invoice preparations, development of laboratory protocols (SOPs), procurement, ordering, shipments, inventory, risk assessments.

You are service-minded and enjoy learning new methods. You are thorough, flexible, diligent in your laboratory work and proficient in work documentation. The position requires being able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others. You are able to work with several projects in parallel. You will work in an international team with frequent interactions with customers, therefore clear and informative communication skills, general computing proficiency, and a good knowledge of English are essential. Strong interpersonal skills will be highly valued.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.


  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, biomedical science, biotechnology or similar discipline
  • Previous work with RNA and primary cells
  • Good knowledge in molecular biology techniques
  • Communication in Swedish and English
  • Experience with laboratory work following Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), including biosafety rules

Advantageous merits

  • Method development in the molecular biology field
  • Previous work with single-cell techniques
  • Experience with high-throughput sample preparation of RNA and/or DNA
  • Experience with laboratory automation
  • Experience with data handling, programming and bioinformatics

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.


Last updated: 2021-11-22

Content Responsible: David Gotthold(david.gotthold@scilifelab.se)