Biomedical Assistant in Lung Cancer Tumor Signaling and Novel Therapeutics

Solna, Sweden
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Group Lewensohn

At the Department of Oncology-Pathology basic, translational and clinical research and educational activities related to cancer is carried out. Approximately 300 people from over 40 nations are currently working at the department. 37 research groups with various cancer research profiles are involved and we have around 120 PhD students. The Department of Oncology-Pathology is responsible for undergraduate courses in Pathology, Oncology and Forensic Medicine for medical students, as well as for Tumor biology courses for biomedicine students and Pathology courses for opticians.

Research Group

A limited (6 months) position as biomedical assistance with possibility to 6 months extension is available in the research group of Professor Rolf Lewensohn. For more information about the research activities in the group please visit the link:

Description of the research project/area of research

The project focus on in vitro studies in lung cancer cell lines and patient derived tumor material where response to growth factor receptor targeting agents, experimental therapeutics, radiation is mechanistically explored. As BMA in this project, you will be responsible for planning and practically conducting the in vitro work in cell lines, siRNA transfections, western blot assessment, and immunofluorescence/immunohistochemistry in tumor material. You will also work with samples from patients including tumor tissue, pleural effusions, plasma and exosomes in relation to lung cancer and other tumor diseases and in relation to different oncologic treatments (targeted agents and radiation therapy).

Qualifications of the applicant

We seek a BMA or person with equal competence who is highly motivated, and with a previous experience on research in vitro assessment of tumor cell responses to growth factor and radiotherapy. A theoretical knowledge in tumor biology/therapy is warranted. The candidate should be able to independently plan and carry out cell culture, siRNA transfection, western blotting and immunofluorescence in cell lines. Candidate with previous experience in conducting in vitro radiation on cells, immunohistochemistry on tumor tissue, isolation of tumor cells from pleural effusions, plasma and isolation of exosomes will be given priority to the position.

The working language of the group is English so the candidate should be fluent in spoken and written English which is the language used in the group. As KI require documentation of research results electronically previous experience in working with electronic research documentation in the English language is meriting. Interpersonal skills and personal suitability is also considered important for this position.

Entry requirements

The applicant needs to hold education as BMA or equivalent. Documented knowledge in cell and molecular biology techniques will be meriting as will earlier knowledge in tumor biology/therapy and electronic lab documentation.

Application process

An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  • Personal letter describing interest and suitability for the announced position (no more than one page) and a summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • Curriculum vitae and qualifications including entry requirements indicated above, presented in accordance with the Karolinska Institute qualifications portfolio (
  • A complete list of publications and manuscripts
  • Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

The application is to be submitted in Varbi recruitment system.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible but no later than 2019-01-01
Salary Månadslön
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-6114/2018

Linda Gillingsjö, Research coordinator, 08 517 750 92
Med.Dr Kristina Viktorsson, Senior researcher, (preferred), 0701671485

Union representative
Andreas Lundqvist, SACO, 08 517 76884,
Helen Eriksson, OFR, 08 517 762 79
Published 01.Nov.2018
Last application date 13.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET