Research assistant

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 13 May 2021

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The Morgantini Team is a newly formed team within the Cardio Metabolic Unit of the Division of Endocrinology in Huddinge. The goal of the team is to understand the role of immune cell activation in the pathogenesis of cardio-metabolic disorders.  By combining analysis on human immune cell epigenome and transcriptome with clinical and diagnostic information, we aim to identify pattern that can help to determine human individual risk of developing cardio-metabolic complications, detect illness earlier and, find the most effective intervention to improve patient health.

Your mission

We are looking to recruit a research assistant who will be working with the team leader as well as with the research nurse and students of the team to investigate the monocytes/macrophages function in the context of diabetes and its complication. Full-time position is available for 6 months with the possibility of extension. You will have the opportunity to put your experimental skills to good use as well as learn new techniques. Your experimental duties will be varied including opportunities to use cutting-edge technologies for the isolation, identification, and characterisation of primary cells as well developing and culturing 3D human organoids. We are looking for a highly motivated and well-organized person that must have good communication skills and ability to interact with colleagues and collaborators. You are expected to rather independently carry out the cell culture work and your input in experimental methodologies is very welcome.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Main responsibilities will include isolation and storage of cells from human blood, cell culturing, analytical techniques, including quantitative PCR and cellular staining for microscopy.
  • You will also contribute to the writing of protocols and ethical permit, organization of inventories, annotation and storage of the human cell biobanks.

Your profile


  • To qualify, the applicant should at least have a Master’s degree in Medical Science, Molecular cell biology, pharmacology or equivalent when the position starts
  • Experience in cell isolation from human blood, culturing of primary cells as well as gene expression manipulation in human primary cells; RNA isolation, qRT-PCR and data analysis; in-vitro assays to measure metabolic products.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required.
  • The applicant must speak and write fluent English.


  • Experience in working within metabolic diseases and/or with monocytes/macrophages
  • Excellent organizational skill
  • Given the close collaboration with the hospital personnel and that several administrative tasks are done in Swedish, it is a clear advantage if you can speak/write in Swedish.

What do we offer?

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 better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Flemingsberg

Read more about the Department of Medicine, Huddinge (MedH)
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Welcome to apply at the latest 2021-05-13.

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

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