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Assistant Professor in Molecular Life Science (SciLifeLab Fellow)

Stockholm, Sweden (SE)
As negotiated
Closing date
Oct 15, 2023

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Karolinska Institutet is recruiting researchers as part of the SciLifeLab Fellows program. The successful candidates will join Karolinska Institutet and conduct research at the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) as part of a vibrant community of researchers from all the SciLifeLab host universities at SciLifeLab Campus Solna.

Form of employment

Temporary fixed-term employment as Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) for a maximum of six years at Karolinska Institutet, with the option to apply for promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer.

An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if they are eligible and assessed to be suitable for promotion. Eligibility and suitability are assessed in accordance with the criteria listed in the Instructions Regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet. The assessment criteria that were valid at the time of appointment as Assistant Professor will be applied when applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Current assessment criteria can be found here.

About the position

The purpose of the employment as Assistant Professor is to develop research skills as an independent researcher and acquire the scientific and pedagogical qualifications required for eligibility for appointment as Senior Lecturer.

SciLifeLab Fellows are based both at SciLifeLab and at one of Karolinska Institutet’s 22 departments. The successful applicants must independently identify and agree with a department at Karolinska Institutet regarding the employment as Assistant Professor, as well as negotiate the terms of employment. The employment is agreed with the receiving department, which is also responsible for salary setting.

The Karolinska Institutet Strategic Research Area Program for SciLifeLab provides funding for the first five years of the position, with the sixth and final year funded by the receiving department at Karolinska Institutet, for a total of six years’ employment.

The employment will commence at the receiving department no later than 1 January 2025. In the event an applicant who is rewarded with a position through the call is already employed as Assistant Professor at Karolinska Institutet, time and associated funding will be counted off correspondingly from the new employment.


SciLifeLab is an academic collaboration between multiple Swedish universities and distributed national research infrastructure with a distinct focus on health and environmental research ( The core mission of SciLifeLab is to provide technologies facilitating the large-scale analysis of biological processes at the molecular level. SciLifeLab Campus Solna, founded in 2010 as a joint effort by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, is the largest SciLifeLab site where multiple universities are co-localized under a single roof. SciLifeLab Campus Solna houses state-of-the-art resources and technological infrastructures, e.g., high throughput DNA sequencing, analysis of gene single cell and spatiotranscriptomics), protein profiling, cellular profiling, chemical and functional biology, advanced visualization, advanced bioinformatics, structural biology, biostatistics, and systems biology. By working together Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University have been able to achieve a significant critical mass of researchers (> 100 research groups, about 1200 staff) including one of the largest groups of bioinformaticians and computational biologists in the EU. The research environment at SciLifeLab Campus Solna is one of the strongest life science centers in the world.

The SciLifeLab Fellows Program

The SciLifeLab Fellows program is a shared initiative since 2013 between Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Uppsala University. The positions include internationally competitive grant support enabling experimental research using advanced molecular life science methods, access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and recruitment of postdocs and doctoral students. Each SciLifeLab Fellow at Karolinska Institutet will receive a recruitment package of 18 MSEK. We are looking for up to two talented researchers who are expected to develop world-leading independent biomedical research in one or several of the fields of interest to SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institutet.

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