Research Assistant in Vascular Biology

Uppsala University Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Research Assistant in Vascular Biology

Published: 2021-07-01

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The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases. A fundamental idea at the department is to stimulate translational research and thereby closer interactions between medical research and health care. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, pathology, neuro-oncology, vascular biology, radiation science and molecular tools. Department activities are also integrated with the units for Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pathology, and Hospital Physics at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala. The department has teaching assignments in several education programmes, including Master Programmes, at the Faculty of Medicine, and in a number of educations at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 450 million, out of which more than half is made up of external funding. The staff amounts to approximately 345 employees, out of which 100 are PhD-students, and there are in total more than 700 affiliated people. Feel free to read more about the department's activities here:

The position of research assistant is in Dr Taija Mäkinen’s group at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. The research group focuses on studying the regulation of the lymphatic vasculature using genetic mouse models and cell and molecular biology techniques. Further information on the activity of the research group can be accessed at

Work description: The research assistant will provide technical help with the experimental work, in particular:

  • Maintenance of a transgenic mouse colony, including setting up breeding colonies, performing injections and sampling, weaning and taking biopsies.
  • Genotyping of mice by PCR.
  • Tissue dissection and preparation for (confocal) microscopy.
  • Immunostaining of tissues and tissue sections.
  • Flow cytometry analysis.

The research assistant will also help with tasks required to keep the research group running smoothly, including preparation of reagents and ordering of laboratory supplies.

Qualifications: BSc degree in biology, molecular biology or biotechnology; or equivalent. Experience in standard molecular biology techniques and flow cytometry is required. You must hold FELASA certificate. The position requires high organisation and excellent record keeping skills. Emphasis will be placed on communication and teamwork skills, which are required for efficient interaction with the lab members, and enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise. Good English communication skills are required since the working language in the lab is English.

Merits: Expertise with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS).

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 01-01-2022 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Permanent position, probationary period may be applied.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position please contact: Taija Mäkinen,, 018-471 4151.

Please submit your application by August 9, 2021, UFV-PA 2021/2459.

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Placement: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2459

Last application date: 2021-08-09