Assistant Professor in Molecular Life Science (SciLifeLab Fellow)

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline

September 12, 2022

Assistant Professor in Molecular Life Science (SciLifeLab Fellow)

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Karolinska Institutet is recruiting up to two positions as part of the SciLifeLab Fellows Program. The successful candidates will join Karolinska Institutet and conduct research at the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) as part of a vibrant community of researchers from all the SciLifeLab host universities at SciLifeLab Campus Solna.


Karolinska Institutet (KI) is one of the leading medical universities in the world. The mission of KI is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education ( Over 40 per cent of all medical academic research in Sweden is conducted at KI, which offers the broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences in the country. KI is closely linked to the health care system including the Karolinska University Hospital. The Nobel Assembly at KI selects the Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine since 1901.


SciLifeLab is an academic collaboration between multiple Swedish universities and distributed national research infrastructure with a distinct focus on health and environmental research ( At the core mission of SciLifeLab is to provide technologies facilitating the large-scale analysis of biological processes at the molecular level. SciLifeLab Campus Solna, founded in 2010 as a joint effort by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, is the largest SciLifeLab site where multiple universities are co-localized under a single roof. SciLifeLab Campus Solna houses state-of-the-art resources and technological infrastructures, e.g., high throughput DNA sequencing, analysis of gene single cell and spatiotranscriptomics), protein profiling, cellular profiling, chemical and functional biology, advanced visualization, advanced bioinformatics, structural biology, biostatistics, and systems biology. By working together Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University have been able to achieve a significant critical mass of researchers (> 100 research groups, about 1200 staff) including one of the largest groups of bioinformaticians and computational biologists in the EU. The research environment at SciLifeLab Campus Solna is one of the strongest life science centers in the world.

Description of the position

We are looking for up to two talented researchers who are expected to develop world-leading independent biomedical research in one or several of the fields of interest to SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institutet. SciLifeLab Fellows have a base both at SciLifeLab and at one of Karolinska Institutet’s 22 departments. The candidates chose themselves which department they want to join as the last step of the recruitment process. The positions include internationally competitive grant support enabling experimental research using advanced molecular life science methods, access to research infrastructure and recruitment of postdocs and doctoral students.


To qualify, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree, or a qualification deemed equivalent to a doctorate, in the life sciences or a similar field. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree no more than five (5) years before the last date for application to a position as Assistant Professor according to the Higher Education Ordinance. More than five years may have passed if there have been particular circumstances such as parental leave, leave due to positions of trust in trade union organizations, mandatory service in the total defense forces, long-term sickness absence, full-time clinical service (e.g. general medical internship or specialist medical residency, maximum 24 months). Proof or certificates of absence must be submitted with the application.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria: applicant’s competence and scientific qauality and feasibility of the research plan. A completed doctoral degree and at least two years post-doctoral research experience in biomedical science or a similar area of importance for SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institutet is highly desirable. Applicants who apply high-throughput molecular bioscience and/or advanced analytical/computational methods to address critical problems in basic or translational biomedical sciences, or who are focused on the development of advanced cutting-edge methods in their proposed research programs are especially encouraged to apply.

Form of employment

Temporary fixed-term employment as Assistant Professor (Biträdande lektor) for five years with a possibility of promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer after the end of this term. An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if they are eligible and assessed to be suitable for promotion. Eligibility and suitability is assessed in accordance with the criteria listed in the Instructions Regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet. The assessment criteria that were valid at the time of appointment as Assistant Professor will be applied when applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Location: Solna

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We prefer that your application is written in English. Applications must contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter with statement of interest (2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages).
  • PhD certificate.
  • Complete publication list.
  • Contact details for three referees.
  • Research plan (4 pages, 11 pt. font).
  • The applicant’s most important published article (1 article only).
  • Proof or certificates of absence from research (if the doctoral degree was completed more than five (5) years before the last date for application.

Please submit your application no later than September 12th 2022. No applications, revisions or additions to applications are allowed after this date.

Applications will be reviewed in two stages before candidates are selected for interview. Applicants may be asked to give a research seminar as part of the interview process. Interviews are planned to be held in the period 23rd-27th January 2023 (in person or remotely TBD).

The assessment process for this call will be coordinated with the calls for DDLS Fellow in Data-Driven Epidemiology and Biology of Infection, Assistant Professor in Data-Driven Epidemiology and Biology of Infection (DDLS Fellow) ( and DDLS Fellow in Data-Driven Precision Medicine and Diagnostics, Assistant Professor in Data-Driven Precision Medicine and Diagnostics (DDLS Fellow) (

What do we offer?

A creative, international 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. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several good benefits through our collective agreement.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all.

Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentBy agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions2
Working hours100
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberSTÖD 2-2788/2022
ContactPeter Gustafsson, HR Office,
Adina Feldman, Scientific Coordinator,
Last application date12.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

Last updated: 2022-07-12

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