Research Engineer in Translational Genomics

Lund University

Application deadline

May 28, 2024



Research Engineer in Translational Genomics

Lund University, Fac. of Medicine, Dep. of Laboratory Medicine, Lund

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace

The Center for Translational Genomics (CTG; https://www.ctg.lu.se/) is a prioritized research infrastructure at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, which is part of the Clinical Genomics platform at SciLifeLab (https://www.scilifelab.se). The Clinical Genomics platform offers state-of-the-art genomics-based services (e.g. novel single-cell applications) to translational and clinical researchers across Sweden as a whole and promotes rapid translation of new research findings into clinical utility through close collaborations with the regional healthcare providers. The unit is localized at BMC D14 in Lund and currently consists of a multi-disciplinary team of 14 people.

We are now looking for a highly driven and team-oriented research engineer, interested in providing cutting-edge genomics-based research services. As a workplace, we safeguard a positive work environment with respect and consideration in our relations with one another.

What we offer

Lund University is a public authority, which means that you will have special benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension. We also have a flexitime agreement that creates good conditions for work/life balance. Read more on the University’s website about being a Lund University employee, Work at Lund University

Work duties and responsibilities

You will become a part of a highly dedicated and experienced lab team of 6 people, in which you will provide service to research projects in need of a broad diversity of next generation sequencing (NGS)-based methods. Offered services include both genomic and transcriptomic interrogation methods, applied to bulks specimens down to single cells (see web site for further information).  

The main tasks include:

  • project planning and execution of standard protocols within CTG’s service repertoire (e.g. WGS, WES and RNA-seq), based on sequencing on the Illumina platform (e.g. on the NextSeq 2000 and NovaSeq X plus).
  • making project-specific quotes for service projects, based on standardized templates
  • customer consultation in connection with service projects
  • participating in laboratory development of new methods
  • documenting and streamlining of laboratory workflows, e.g. writing protocols for new methods and participating in continuous improvement and automation of existing methods
  • perform routine laboratory equipment maintenance
  • various administrative tasks, e.g. ordering reagents and laboratory accessories

Qualifications

The requirements for the position are:

  • Adequate university degree, e.g. bachelor’s degree as a biomedical analyst or master’s degree in molecular biology, biomedicine or equivalent
  • At least 2 years of documented practical experience in molecular biology (e.g. extraction of DNA/RNA, PCR-based methods, Sanger sequencing, and/or NGS)
  • Very good understanding of and/or previous practical experience in preparing NGS libraries
  • Very good understanding of and/or previous practical experience with sequencing, using the Illumina sequencing platform
  • Excellent abilities to quickly learn new methods and establish new protocols
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. You must have a good ability to quickly familiarize yourself with new methods and establish new protocols. You must also have excellent communication and collaboration skills as well as be able to conduct your work independently and with high quality while meeting set deadlines. Finally, you must demonstrate excellent planning, organizational and prioritization skills.

Additional merits for the position are:

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g. genomics or genetics)
  • At least 2 years of practical experience of methods based on NGS (library preparation and/or sequencing)
  • Experience in working with liquid handling systems for automation of laboratory protocols
  • Experience in single-cell sequencing or spatial transcriptomic methods (e.g. based on the 10x Genomics platform)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Swedish

Further information

The employment is a temporary position,9 months, 100%, to start as soon as possible. Probationary employment can be applied.

How to apply

You apply for the position via the University’s recruitment system. The application is to include apersonal letter describing how you meet the qualification requirements and why you are interested in theposition. The application is also to include a CV with a list of publications, a general description ofprevious research work, a copy of your doctoral degree and any other documents to which you wish todraw attention (copies of degreecertificates, grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.)

The Faculty of Medicine is a part of Lund University, and is responsible for education and research within medicine and healthcare. Our academic programs are closely linked with the healthcare system and are firmly anchored in the faculty’s strong research tradition. Our research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research. The Faculty of Medicine, with its 1,800 employees and 2,700 students in Lund and Malmö, is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, teachers and researchers from all over the world.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine is one of six departments at Lund University’s Faculty of Medicine. We conduct leading research, both broad and specialised, within the field of laboratory medicine, focusing on the onset of disease and how we can improve diagnostics and treatment for patients. Some of our strongest areas with world-class research deal with cancer, genetics and blood.

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Last updated: 2024-05-15

Content Responsible: Hampus Persson(hampus.persson@scilifelab.uu.se)