Senior Researcher Position in Synthetic and Systems Biology

Stockholm, Sweden
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Translational Medicine and Chemical Biology

The candidate is expected to establish a new competitive research program at the Department employing methods from chemical, synthetic and systems biology to study protein function in the complexity of the living cell. The successful candidate is expected to lead an independent research group that integrates into the existing research landscape of the Department, to contribute to the Department’s scientific and teaching activities, and to have secured substantial funding for his/her research group for at least four years from the date of obtaining the position.

The successful candidate is expected to develop cutting edge technology in the area of synthetic and systems biology, such as proteomics, transcriptomics, (epi)genomics, protein engineering. The research should complement top-down systems biology with bottom-up engineering approaches, for example CRISPR/Cas (epi)genome engineering, protein engineering using genetic code expansion and non-canonical amino acid mutagenesis. With the senior researcher position, the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics is particularlt seeking to strengthen its research profile in the field of stem cell biology, epigenetics, genome function and gene expression regulation.

Entry requirements

A person is eligible to be appointed Senior Researcher if he/she has been awarded a Degree of Doctor (M.D. and/or Ph.D. title) or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence, as well as documented research after publicly defending his/her doctoral thesis corresponding to qualification as Assistant Professor.

In addition, the successful candidate shall have at least four years of experience in leading an independent research group, training MSc and PhD-level students and teaching. He/she shall have demonstrated scientific leadership through publications in leading journals as first or senior/corresponding author, international visibility as evident from research collaborations, invited presentations and commissions of trust. He/she shall have a track record of financial independence as evident from highest-level fellowships and awards, prior and current national and European grants. The successful candidate must show potential for long-term research funding. A track record in commercialization of research results or collaboration with industrial partners is beneficial.

Expected skills and qualifications

  • Expertise in ‘omics’ techniques (proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics) and respective multi-omics data analysis techniques
  • Expertise in synthetic biology methodologies
  • Experience in stem cell research
  • Track record in international and interdisciplinary collaborative research
  • Experience in supervision of students and postdocs
  • Experience in managing personnel and research
  • Experience in teaching at BSc, MSc and PhD level

Bases of assessment

We stress research expertise when assessing applicants. We will give priority to candidates that have already successfully passed, at Karolinska Institutet or at another University, an external evaluation of their career progression (tenure track evaluation or equivalent)..

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English:

  • Curriculum vitae, qualifications
  • Description of planned research
  • Presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio ( 

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

At Karolinska Institutet a 6-month trial period is required for all permanent appointments.

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.

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Type of employment    Permanent position
Contract type    Full time
First day of employment    190101
Number of positions    1
Working hours    100%
City    Solna
County    Stockholms län
Country    Sweden
Reference number    2-6838/2018
Contact    Lina Rowland, 08-52487264
Published    04.Dec.2018
Last application date    20.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET