Postdoc scholarship in Gene Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH) offers a curriculum that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of chemistry, biotechnology and life sciences, integrating theoretical and applied science in undergraduate and graduate courses.

The School of CBH consists of nine departments, and over 850 co-workers. It is represented in fourstrategically important locations in the Stockholm area – centrally at KTH Campus Valhallavägen, at AlbaNova University Center, in the medical technology hub Campus Flemingsberg, and at the national research center SciLifeLab and the Karolinska Institute in Solna. The research within the school is internationally well recognized.

A post-doctoral position is available at Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm, a Swedish national resource center for life science research. We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented postdoctoral researcher to join the lab of Professor Afshin Ahmadian, affiliated with the School of CBH at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Project description

The work will consist of developing molecular method for genome analysis, with particular focus on genome sequencing using barcode-linked reads that generates long DNA sequences from short-read sequencing platforms. The proposed project is a continuation of our recently developed technology (preprint available on bioRxiv: Efficient whole genome haplotyping and high-throughput single molecule phasing with barcode-linked reads), with a number of possible subprojects, e.g., de novo assembly of cancer genomes, metagenomes, plant genomes etc. Other projects with focus on method development may also be included. All projects will be collaborations with internal and external researchers. The postdoc scholarship is for one year with the possibility to extend for an additional year.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in molecular biology, biotechnology or related field with a strong background, and knowledge of high throughput sequencing. Thorough experience with DNA library preparation is required. Experience with molecular method development, is highly desired. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively is highly valued. Excellent command of written and spoken English is a requirement. The postdoctoral researcher will be employed by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the workplace is at SciLifeLab Stockholm.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to . You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2019-04-24. Mark your application with reference number C-2019-0826.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position/positions

Period: 1 + 1

Extent: Full-time

Number of scholarship: 1

Amount of scholarship: 30.000 SEK/month

Location: SciLifeLab, Stockholm, Sweden


Professor Afshin Ahmadian mail:

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