Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, N71 Forskning och utbildning, N761 Analys och utvecklingsstöd Huddinge

Do you want to work with developing the cell therapy products of the future for the treatment of severe medical conditions? We are currently looking for an experienced scientist with interest in eukaryotic cell culture to work together with a group of committed colleagues on the development of products for clinical trials.

About us

Vecura is a unit at Karolinska Center for Cell Therapy at Karolinska University Hospital that manufactures advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP) for clinical trials. Vecura has more than twenty years experience of acting as a contract manufacturer for clinical studies around Europe.

Vecura holds licence from the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) for the manufacturing of cell and gene therapy products for clinical trials. Vecura also holds tissue establishment licence for the handling of cells and tissues for transplantation. Processing of cells classified as drugs (ATMP) takes place according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) in our GMP facility. The produced investigational drugs have been used to treat patients with various types of cancer, Alzheimer's, HIV and hepatitis, among others.

About the position

The position is in a close collaboration with XNK Therapeutics within the AdBIOPRO competence center. Your work will involve various tasks, but primarily focus on the development of cell therapy products from primary cells for clinical trials. You will work with cell cultures of human immune cells and tumour cells using various systems. The work is partly conducted in a cleanroom environment.

You will carry out development work on the production of NK cells which entails, among other things, characterisations of cell cultures by flow cytometry, functionality assays. Additionally, ‑omics analyses as well as optimisation and incorporation of technical / automated culture systems will be part of your daily work.

The position is a fixed-term employment.

About you

We are looking for someone who:

  • Takes initiative, starts activities and achieves results.
  • Takes responsibility, structures the work, and drives processes forward.
  • Has an interest in process optimisation and automation.
  • Want to find technical solutions to biological challenges.
  • Cooperates well with others in a responsive way.
  • Plans, organises, and prioritises the work in an efficient way. Sets and keeps timelines. Is thorough and takes goals and quality standards into account.
  • Comes up with ideas and new approaches to work-related issues. You have an innovative thinking that can be put into practice and leads to results.

As a person, you are responsible, thorough, structured and positive and can work in parallel in different projects. The work requires that you have good lab experience and great ability to plan your work.

You should have the ability to take your own initiatives and be able to independently perform your work. We are a small unit and therefore flexibility, good collaboration skills and willingness to help where needed are a prerequisite for the position.

Emphasis is placed on personal suitability.



  • PhD in immunology, cell biology or similar
  • Experience of working with mammalian cell cultures
  • Experienced with working in sterile environment
  • Fluent in English


  • Experience of flow cytometry
  • Previous experience of ATMPs and cell therapy
  • Experience of working with primary cells
  • Interest/knowledge in omics
  • Experience of working according to GMP or similar regulations
Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2023/2473
  • Pontus Blomberg, 08-58583658
Union representative
  • Naturvetarna, naturvetarna.karolinska@sll.se
Published 21.Mar.2023
Last application date 07.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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