Research Engineer for large scale sequencing operations


Application deadline

October 18, 2023

Research Engineer for large scale sequencing operations

Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab, is a national center for large-scale life science research with an advanced technological infrastructure. SciLifeLab performs multidisciplinary research based on DNA sequencing, gene expression analysis, proteomics, bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology. The aim is to enable Swedish researchers to analyze genes, transcripts and proteins in different organisms in order to clarify molecular mechanisms related to health and the environment. Examples of thematic research areas currently being processed within SciLifeLab are clinical genomics/proteomics, cancer genomics, complex genomics, and ecological and environmental-related genomics. Bioinformatics and systems biology are key activities within the center, and a significant part of SciLifeLab’s staff work in these areas. The National Genomics Infrastructure, NGI, is the largest technical platform in SciLifeLab. It is a national resource that offers an infrastructure for state-of-the-art DNA sequencing and SNP genotyping to researchers across Sweden. By providing access to advanced genomics techniques and providing guidelines and support for sampling, study design, protocol selection and bioinformatics analysis, we hope to enable world-leading research.

Job description

You will be working as a research engineer in the development team at NGI, one of the largest European sequencing facilities, at SciLifeLab in Solna. Within the development team, we focus on implementing new methods and techniques into NGIs operations with the aim of giving Swedish researchers access to the latest methods within large-scale DNA and RNA sequencing. Your role will be varied and you will be involved in multiple different tasks which can include:

  • Developing lab protocols for new techniques and applications
  • Design and carry out experiments to evaluate new protocols/methods
  • Preparing and performing quality control of samples for large-scale sequencing
  • Working in collaborative projects with users
  • Working with laboratory automation systems
  • Checking and maintaining instruments and methods according to assigned responsibilities
  • Working with quality assurance

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.        
  • Familiarity with working in a laboratory environment     
  •  Extensive experience in library preparation for next-generation sequencing
  •  Excellent spoken and written English

Personal skills:

In order to succeed in this role, it is important that you are an independent problem solver, with a structured and quality conscious way of working. You also have good communication skills in both written and spoken language. You have excellent collaboration skill. You must be aware of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality

Preferred qualifications

  • We prefer if you have experience of large-scale sequencing, especially Illumina, but also other techniques for DNA and RNA analysis.
  • It is commendable if you have prior experience from service-oriented laboratory operations or with information systems for laboratories and quality assurance.
  • Experience in operating automated liquid handlers
  • Solid understanding of molecular biology/biochemistry

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

Trade union representatives

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

To apply for the position

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

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.
  • Cover letter. Max one page 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).

Last updated: 2023-10-05

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