Research Assistant in Translational Alzheimer Imaging

Stockholm, Sweden
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, Department of NVS

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.


The division of Clinical Geriatric conducts research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. The research is multi- faceted and is in close collaboration with leading institutions and clinics worldwide. The research is clinically oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Some focus areas include lifestyle factors, prevention and treatment studies, imaging methods, and registry studies.

Research Group

Research assistant to be hired will be working in the research group of Professor Agneta Nordberg Translational Molecular Imaging which consists of a multi-disciplinary team at the forefront of translational Alzheimer´s disease (AD) research using cutting-edge technology with aims to develop new diagnostic biomarkers and new treatment strategies in AD.


We are inviting applications for a 6-month position as research assistant in the area of characterization new PET tracers for detection of different pathological hallmarks including amyloid , tau, inflammation, synapse protein markers in Alzheimer´s disease and other dementia disorders.  The project will give you the opportunity to work under supervision, on projects aligned with the goals of the group. The project has a focus on performing binding assay on brain homogenate as well as autoradiography on large frozen brain sections using tritiated PET tracers and related to pathology, immunostaining  and other molecular biology properties.


Duties involve binding assay studies on brain homogenate, autoradiography on small and large frozen brain section and paraffin section, as well as statistical analyses of the results. The duties also involve participating and presenting progress updates in internal group meetings, as well as contributing to writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences when required.

Entry requirements

The candidate should have basic educational background in pharmacology or biomedicine, including coursework in chemistry, molecular biology neuroscience, and statistics. Previous experience in neurochemical laboratory work is expected. The candidate should be self- motivated, with a strong interest in research, and able to work both independently as well as being a good team player with excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal. Communication skills in Swedish are viewed positively. The candidate should be reliable, detail-oriented and collaborative, and with an ability to work without requiring extensive training or the need for close supervision.

Application process

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system and must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including education, work experience and academic merits
  2. A summary of current work (no more than one page)

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi/MyNetwork 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. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.

Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.

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Type of employment Temporary position 3-6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Employment expires  
Number of positions
Working hours Full time
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-6247/2018

  • Agneta Nordberg, Professor,
  • Maria Axelsson, HR officer, 08-524 882 96,

Union representative

  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53,

Published 05.Nov.2018
Last application date 27.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET