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Researcher in therapeutic antibody development at SciLifeLab, DDD

Publicerad 2022-11-23

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 SciLifeLab Drug Discovery & Development platform (SciLifeLab DDD, comprises several units with unique competencies related to biologics and small molecule drug discovery and development. Typically, our drug development projects stem from academic basic science in which opportunities to intervene with disease processes with biologics, oligonucleotides, or small molecules have been identified and perceived to have commercial potential.

The Human Antibody Therapeutics (HAT) consists of six senior researchers, scientifically supported by three platform scientific directors (professor level). The unit's primary responsibility is to drive the DDD antibody drug discovery programs and to deliver tailor-made antibody candidates with a proven translational effect. The in-house developed phage-display human antibody libraries are an essential component of this work. The projects are progressed in close collaboration with primarily the Protein Expression and Characterization unit and the other competencies in the SciLifeLab DDD infrastructure (approx. 45 employees) as well as with academic principal investigators (PIs). The team is also responsible for additional in vitro selection-based methods, such as DNA-encoded chemical libraries for discovering small molecule drug candidates.

The Department of Protein Science, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH School) at KTH, is now looking to recruit a research engineer to the Human Antibody Therapeutics (HAT) unit at SciLifeLab DDD in Stockholm.

Job description

 The job includes the following main tasks:

  • in vitro selection of antibody candidates using phage display and the identification of unique binders
  • characterization of binding and biophysical properties using a variety of techniques
  • protein engineering to functionalize and modify antibody candidates
  • development of new modalities for protein-protein interactions
  • documentation and reporting of results

The position offers excellent opportunities for learning and development since our ambition is that every group member should become as versatile as possible.

What we offer

  • A position at an internationally leading and highly cross-disciplinary infrastructure with a proven track record of delivering pharmaceutical candidates from academic research ideas.

  • Engaged, ambitious colleagues and a creative, international, and dynamic working environment.

  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature.

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  •  A Master's - or Civil engineer degree, or an equivalent foreign degree, in biotechnology, cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, or immunology.
  • Solid practical experience in molecular biological work
  • Solid practical experience in protein purification and characterization
  • Excellent ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing

    Preferred qualifications
  • Experience in phage display selection.
  • Experience in alternative in vitro display techniques
  • Experience in protein engineering
  • Experience in protein expression using different systems
  • Experience from the pharma/biotech industry

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency, and in addition to the mentioned qualifications above, a successful candidate is also expected to meet the following requirements: 

  • Excellent teamwork ability and a goal and results-oriented focus.
  • Excellent problem-solving analytical ability with an independent, structured, and thorough working style
  • Interest and ability to learn new methods and ways of working
  • A high degree of integrity, motivation, and flexibility at work

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 The application must include:

  • Personal letter and CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.

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

About the employment

The employment is valid until further notice (permanent post) according to the agreement.
The employment begins with a six-month probationary period.

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Anställningsform: tillsvidareanställning | Anställningens omfattning: heltid | Antal lediga befattningar: 1 | Sysselsättningsgrad: 100% | Ort: Solna | Län: Stockholms län | Land: Sweden | Referensnummer: C-2022-2050 | Kontakt: Anders Olsson, Per Arvidsson, | Publicerat: 2022-11-11 | Sista ansökningsdag: 2022-11-30