Professor of Biology
Karolinska Institute

Professor of Biology

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

At the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC) and the Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology, there are excellent opportunities to conduct internationally leading research on embryonic stem cells, both for fundamental studies of early embryo development but also for clinical translational research. The lab is integrated with Karolinska University Hospital's Reproductive Medicine Unit and in close proximity to the Karolinska Center for Cell Therapy (KCC, VECURA). The unit has a well-functioning and scientifically advanced research environment with international leaders in reproductive toxicology, stem cell treatment of osteogenesis imperfect and age-related macular changes, early embryonic development and reproductive medicine. With this recruitment we want to further strengthen basic scientific and translational research in the field of embryonic stem cells.

Description of the subject area

The subject area includes medical biotechnology with a focus on embryonic stem cells. The research focus focus on the use of embryonic stem cells for both fundamental and applied translational research. We see future opportunities for the use of stem cell-based embryo models for fundamental studies of early human embryo development and the establishment of new advanced therapy drugs (ATMPs) based on embryonic stem cells.

Your mission

You will conduct internationally leading research in embryonic stem cell-based developmental, reproductive, and regenerative medicine. The research must include both basic scientific research and applied research. You will also teach courses in developmental, reproductive, and regenerative medicine and supervise students at advanced and postdoctoral level as well as postdocs. You are expected to attract competitive funding and contribute to building a strong and attractive research environment. In your role as a professor, you will contribute to collaboration between academia and industry, promote ethical principles in research and clinical practice as well as communicate research to the public.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as Professor with a specialisation in research, the applicant must have demonstrated good teaching expertise and excellent research expertise (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet.)

Assessment criteria

The position has a focus on research. For this position, qualifications will be weighted as follows: research expertise (3), educational expertise (2), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2).

For appointments to professors at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure apply in relation to the established profile of employment.

It is particularly meritorious that you have shown

  • Documented experience in developing advanced cell therapies (ATMPs) based on embryonic stem cells.
  • Documented experience from the use of embryonic stem cells for studies of early embryonic development.
  • Responsible for courses in doctoral education.
  • Strong commitment to subject-relevant ethical and regulatory issues at national and international level.
  • Experience of utilization of research through industrial collaborations and development of intellectual property rights.

It is a requirement that you have completed 10 weeks of courses on teaching in higher education, or have gained equivalent competence, as indicated in the recommendations of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institution. If you lack such education at the time of employment, you must undergo such education during the first two years of employment.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Here, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement. 

Location: Flemingsberg

Your career continues here


Your application must contain the following documents in English: a cover letter as well as a résumé and a qualifications portfolio including a description of your research plan, both presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s template ( You may change or add to your application at any time up to and including the application deadline date. After the deadline, the process closes, and no amendment or addition can be made to your application.

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers, most often both national and international. For that reason, all the submitted documents should be written in English.

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

We look forward to receiving your application!

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-44/2024
  • Lars Henningsohn,
Union representative
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO,
Published 01.Jul.2024
Last application date 12.Aug.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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