Research Assistant in Infection Immunology
Karolinska Institute Department of Medicine

Research Assistant in Infection Immunology (COVID-19)

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Medicine, Solna, is one of the largest clinical departments at Karolinska Institutet. The department is divided into divisions which in turn consist of one or more research groups. The activity consists of research, postgraduate education and undergraduate education for future doctors and biomedicine scientists. The department has three profile areas: allergy, cardiovascular medicine and inflammatory diseases.

Your mission

We are looking for a research assistant who will work in a project focused on understanding what dictates disease severity in COVID-19. We have established a cohort of 160 COVID-19 patients with different disease severity, ranging from mild/asymptomatic to severe/fatal disease. In longitudinal blood and airway samples, we study innate and adaptive immune responses during acute infection and convalescence. We have attracted funding for our COVID research from the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The employment includes processing of blood and airway samples, biobanking and analysis using different immunological assays. Careful documentation is required. 

Your profile

To be eligible, an applicant should hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree in medicine, bio-medicine, biochemistry/cell biology or similar topic, or have otherwise acquired essentially equivalent competence in Sweden or abroad. Experience with work on biological samples, Ficoll separation of blood and cell culture is required. You are thorough, and used to planning, organizing and documenting your work clearly. You work in a dynamic way, have easy to adapt to reprioritisations, but at the same time maintain a professional and precise work level. We are looking for someone who is positive, flexible and enjoy working in teams. You also need to be able to communicate clearly

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.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of Associate Professor Dr. Anna Smed Sörensen. The Smed Sörensen lab does translational immunology of the respiratory system in viral infection and inflammatory diseases. We have established a unique cohort of COVID-19 patients that we follow longitudinally to study immune responses during acute infection and convalescence. We have attracted dedicated funding for our COVID research from the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Lab website:

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

Permanent position is initiated by a six months trial period.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-4158/2020
Anna Smed Sörensen, +46 73-7121641
Union representative
Bruna Gigante, SACO,
Afsar Rahbar OFR,
Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 01.Oct.2020
Last application date 25.Oct.2020 11:59 PM CET

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