School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

Job description

Gene therapies based on viral vectors are currently on the rise with several new approvals or therapies based on Adeno associated viruses (AAVs) in recent years. One challenge is to ensure that patients given treatment actually receive a supply of AAV and expression of the intended therapy during ongoing treatment. We are therefore currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow who will work on being able to detect viral DNA, capsids and signatures. These methods would also potentially be used for detection of gene doping as a test method for illegal performance enhancing substances in athletes. The person we are looking for will have tasks that revolve around ITR-interactions with replication proteins, oxford nanopore sequencing, virus production in mammalian cells as well as purification, quantification and analysis of these virus particles. The project is given in collaboration with clinical researchers with the goal of being able to follow treatment in patients. The person will work with various methods such as NGS sequencing, molecular cloning, ELISA, ELISpot, protein expression and affinity determinations. We are looking for a person that is driven and has a great analytical capacity.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • A workplace enabling professional development and the possibility to impact the design and direction of the project

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • We are looking for a person with good scientific and problem-solving skills and with a high degree of scientific integrity
  • As a person you work in a structured and responsible manner
  • You have good collaborative abilities but is also able to work independently
  • You are experienced in mammalian cell handling and cultivation
  • You have good knowledge and experience in different molecular biological methods

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Knowledge and experience in bioinformatics and programming
  • Expertise in biotherapeutics and viral vectors for gene therapy applications
  • Experience in working with or producing viral vectors
  • Experience in molecular biotechnological methods such as RNAseq analysis, molecular cloning, immunoprecipitation, confocal microscopy, ELISA and western blotting
  • It’s commendable if you have teaching abilities
  • We prefer that you are aware of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

    Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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To apply for the position

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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2024-0490
  • Johan Rockberg, +46(8)7909998
Published 22.Mar.2024
Last application date 21.Apr.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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