Research Coordinator in Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Research coordinator position


Description of research group and project:

Possibly more than 50% of the human genome codes for non-coding RNA. These RNAs are ubiquitous among all life forms and the mechanisms how non-coding RNAs regulate these cellular functions are largely unknown.

Our interdisciplinary research group is interested in understanding how RNAs adopt their structures to select specific functions in a pool of RNAs. We employ different biochemical and biophysical techniques (e.g. NMR, SHAPE), to investigate the molecular mechanism of RNA function (Nature 2012, 2015 & 2020). The team develops methodologies to address infectious diseases by investigating viral RNA and bacterial ribosomes as well as searches for new anti-cancer drugs based on microRNAs.

Your mission

The purpose of this position is to support the Petzold research group and our national RNA-NMR node with project coordination and administrative tasks. In particular, coordinating research projects, managing legal agreements, grant writing and reporting and coordination of grant proposals and collaborative research projects, which the team participates in. Administrating travels, booking meetings are other key aspects. We are looking for someone who likes to be a part of the research team and not only deliver administrative support. We hope to find an individual who enjoys reading and writing scientific articles and who enjoys research communication, someone who will also take responsibility for the team website and various science outreach activities related to the work performed in the group and unit. The group participates in international networks and the role of the coordinator will be to manage these and be a contact person towards these. The position will be based at Solna Campus, Biomedicum, Solnavägen 9, level 9, Karolinska Institutet.

Your profile

The successful candidate must have a university education and an advanced degree as well as documented experience of administrative work. Good organizational skills and talent in work coordination. Very good communicative skills in English is important, Swedish of advantage. Strong emphasis is put on personal qualities such as analytical ability, flexibility, being service-minded and have a collaborative mindset and openness to working with people of very diverse backgrounds and expertise. Interest and experience with Biophysics, RNA biochemistry, data analysis, data visualization, graphical design is a strong advantage but not a necessary skill.

Assessment criteria

A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Documented knowledge and relevant experience related to the duties above.
  • Expressed interest in the work described
  • Communication skills
  • Performance on work assignments

The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Terms and conditions

The position will be in the form of a 2-year employment paid with salary with full benefits with possibility of extension. The time commitment can range from 50% - 100%, depending on agreement.

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: Solna


An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
  • A copy of degree projects and any previous publications
  • Information of two references

Welcome to apply at the latest 30/11 2021

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 Part-time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4650/2021
Katja Petzold, Ph.D., PI,
Union representative
Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
Published 25.Oct.2021
Last application date 30.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET

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