Postdoctoral Researcher in Precision Cancer Medicine

Solna, Sweden
03 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jan 2019
Job Type
Academic Posts
Contract Type
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Group Kallioniemi

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 Olli Kallioniemi

This position resides in the research group of Olli Kallioniemi, Director of Science for Life Laboratory, Professor of Molecular Precision Medicine, affiliated with both the Dept. Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet and the Science for Life Laboratory. The work will involve an exciting opportunity to practice precision cancer medicine research in a translational setting, with the aim to assign and optimize targeted treatments for individual cancer patients.

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Task Description

The task for this position involves the establishment of innovative drug testing assays compatible with primary cell models using methods such as high-content, high-throughput imaging. This also includes basic data analysis and integration with multiple data types. The candidate is also expected to carry out project management tasks, including milestones within the project, and reporting, as well as interacting not only with researchers, but also clinical and pharma collaborators.


The successful candidate is expected to have a doctoral degree in biochemistry, biology, genetics, biotechnology, medicine or other relevant field. The candidate should be independent and motivated with a documented ability to carry out experimental research projects but also project management, including excellent communication skills in spoken and written English. Experience on high-throughput drug testing, assay development, high-throughput and high-content microscopy is highly valued. We value interest and experience in collaborative team science in a multidisciplinary environment.

Desired qualification and experience

  • PhD in biochemistry, biology, genetics, biotechnology, medicine or other relevant field
  • Knowledge of cancer biology, precision cancer medicine
  • Experience in high-throughput drug testing and assay development
  • Experience in cell culture techniques, especially primary cell models

Application process and contract

An application must contain the following documents in English:

Curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of previous research and career plans, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio.

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The project is initially for one year, but with good possibilities of extension with one more year.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.


Science for Life Laboratory ( is a leading national infrastructure for next-generation life science research in Sweden. SciLifeLab is jointly operated by the four host universities: Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University, and it has facilities in four other universities across Sweden. There are over 1 000 people working at SciLifeLab, either in research groups or in the infrastructure facilities, most of them in the KI Solna campus and in Uppsala.

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 longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-6741/2018


Brinton Seashore-Ludlow, Assistant Professor, +46 (0)7285304789,

Union representative

Andreas Lundqvist, SACO, 08 517 768 84,
Helen Eriksson, OFR, 08 517 762 79

Published 30.Nov.2018
Last application date 11.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET