Research assistant in adipose biology

Updated: about 2 months ago

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The main interests of the Spalding research group are to investigate properties of human adipose tissue, with particular attention to human adipocyte biology. We investigate basic cellular functions, such as senescence, adipocyte lipid and cell turnover, adipocyte responses to obesity and hyperinsulinemia and cellular heterogeneity in human adipose tissue depots. Understanding how adipocytes respond to obesity and their contributions to health and pathology in humans, is a major focus of the group. This focus, and our well-established collaborations with clinicians within Sweden and abroad, maximizes our potential to translate our research findings to the clinic.

Your mission

The successful candidate will be responsible for performing core techniques central to the laboratory’s research. This includes handling human tissue (tissue dissection, cell, and nuclei isolation), immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy, molecular biology (DNA and RNA isolation, qPCR, protein analyses including western blot and ELISA/Mesoscale) as well as cell and tissue culture. An important aspect of the position will be to co-ordinate with surgical collaborators the pick-up and delivery of biopsy samples.

Your profile

To be eligible, an applicant must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biomedicine, molecular biology or physiology.
  • Masters of Science or Medicine.
  • Expertise in cell biology techniques, including qPCR, western blot and protein assays.
  • Histology and immunocytochemistry techniques and confocal microscopy.
  • Cell culture (2D and 3D).
  • The applicant must speak be fluent in English (written and verbal)

Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in the above techniques in human adipose tissue.

Personal skills:

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required. Emphasis will be placed on qualities as responsibility, flexibility, teamwork and ability to solve problems.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests.
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several good benefits through our collective agreement. And you get to practice freely in our modern wellness facilities, where trained staff are on site.

Location: Stockholm

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The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.In this recruitment, you will apply with your CV without a personal letter. Instead, you will answer some questions about why you are applying for the job in the application form. 

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