Research Engineer in DNA sequencing method development

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Application deadline

April 20, 2021

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH) is one of the five schools of KTH and a strong constellation for research and education in the broader areas of health, environment, energy and materials. The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research and education in areas that cover several global challenges. Among them are the need of sustainable energy, health and aging population, climate change, sustainable production and working life, food production and clean water.


Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab, is a national center for large-scale life science research with an advanced technological infrastructure. At SciLifeLab, multidisciplinary research is carried out based on DNA sequencing, gene expression analysis, proteomics, bioinformatics, biostatistics and system biology. The goal is to enable Swedish researchers to analyze genes, transcripts and proteins in different organisms in order to map molecular mechanisms related to health and the environment. Examples of thematic research areas that are currently being processed within SciLifeLab are clinical genomics/proteomics, cancer genome and the genomics of complex diseases as well as ecological and environmental genomics.

Job description

You will be working as a research engineer in the Strategic Collaborations team at the National Genomics Infrastructure at SciLifeLab in Solna which is one of the largest European sequencing units. The team focuses on developing tomorrow’s techniques within the field of next generation sequencing (NGS), often in collaboration with an external partner. Your role will be varied and you will be involved in multiple different tasks, including:

  • Develop, test and troubleshooting of new technologies and applications.
  • Present results in reports, articles and orally.
  • Work in collaborative projects with users.
  • Develop methods for laboratory automation systems.
  • Control and maintain instruments and methods according to responsibility areas.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A graduate degree or an advanced level (higher education) in the research subject or equivalent competence, eg in biotechnology, molecular biology or equivalent’
  • Familiarity with working in a laboratory environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Subject-related and professional skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Previous experience of method development within molecular biology
  • Published peer review articles
  • Bioinformatic programming (Python, R, JavaScript, bash, HPC)

  • Experience of large-scale sequencing, but also other techniques for DNA and RNA analysis
  • Experience of service-oriented laboratory operations
  • Previous experience of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and ISO-accreditation
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Personal qualifications

To enjoy and be successful in this role you have an excellent communication and collaboration skills. We would like you to be problem solving, autonomous and creative.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received by KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The employment is valid for a limited time according to the agreement – for up to 24 months, with access according to agreement.


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Last updated: 2021-04-16

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