Research Engineer, biotechnology Human Protein Atlas (temporary position)


Application deadline

May 3, 2021

Research Engineer, biotechnology Human Protein Atlas (temporary position)

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH 

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

Researchers within the Swedish-based research program Human Protein Atlas (HPA) have been systematically mapping the localization of human proteins in cells, tissues and organs during the past 20 years. The project is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The data generated within the project is published on the open access database and knowledge resource at, and has contributed to hundreds of publications by researchers within the project.

The Cell profiling group (PI Emma Lundberg) at SciLifeLab in Stockholm produces and maintains the Cell Atlas, where we study the spatiotemporal subcellular distribution of proteins using immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy. The group consists of three teams: research, production and unit, but the teams are interlinked and share a common infrastructure. We are now looking for an acting research engineer (temporary position) for the production team.

The production team is responsible for the production and maintenance of the Cell Atlas part of the HPA. As a research engineer in this team you will be localizing proteins at the subcellular level in cell lines by using immunofluorescence (ICC-IF) and confocal microscopy.

The tasks mainly include laboratory work, but also some analytical tasks. In the lab, you will mainly do cell cultivation, immunostaining and microscopy. The analytical tasks include qualitative image analysis and curation of data for the Cell Atlas. You will work according to established SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and document your work in LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).

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 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Life Science or equivalent.
  • Knowledge within cellular biology.
  • Experience of labratory work.
  • Excellent knowledge in English.
  • Subject-related and professional skills.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience of methods in molecular biology.
  • Experience of cell cultivation.
  • Experience of immunostaining of cells (ICC-IF).
  • Experience of confocal microscopy.
  • Previous work with Tecan liquid handling robots.
  • Experience of working with Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.

Personal qualifications

As a person, you are a team player, with good collaborative skills, while still having the ability to work independently. You are skilled in communication and in documenting your work properly. You are also well organized and thorough. It is also preferable if you are easy to learn, motivated and can take your own initiatives.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH’s webbpage.


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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).

Type of employment
Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAccording to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberC-2021-0478
ContactUlrika Axelsson,
Last application date03.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

Last updated: 2021-04-15

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