The Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC) has a tradition of conducting internationally ground-breaking translational medical research in the field of stem cell biology, fertility preservation, in vitro oocyte maturation, pre-implantation and prenatal diagnostics, and intrauterine fetal therapy. Long-standing fruitful collaboration with Karolinska University Hospital especially has enabled translation of research findings to benefit the healthcare and patients at large. We now seek a Senior Lecturer to develop a research and education portfolio in the emerging field of Reproductive and Perinatal Toxicology addressing a wide range of challenges related to environmental hazards. We provide a unique setting with a possibility of multidisciplinary collaboration to establish a high impact research program focusing on investigation into mechanisms of pathology and the impact of exposure to environmental chemicals on reproductive and perinatal health in humans.

Description of the subject area

Perinatal and reproductive toxicology encompasses research on chemical hazards during sensitive developmental periods of germ cell development, embryonic/fetal development, postnatal outcomes, and adult reproductive health. Environmental pollution is burgeoning, human fertility rates are declining, and numbers of women experiencing problems becoming pregnant and carrying a pregnancy to term are increasing. The Senior Lecturer will study the impact of toxic exposures on reproductive health and perinatal outcomes of their pregnancies. The work will directly contribute to the aims set by the National Swedish Environmental Quality Objectives, the new European Growth Strategy Europe 2020, and the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals.

Your mission

The mission of the Senior Lecturer is to carry out high impact basic and translational research in human reproductive & developmental biology and periconceptional & perinatal toxicology. The work is expected to contribute to medical innovation as well as achieving national and international goals of ensuring a non-toxic living environment for the next generation. You will develop research in collaboration with the health care sector, have vision and strategy for clinical applications of research findings, and consider the implications of the findings in a larger societal context. You will contribute to education by supervising students at masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels and organizing and/or teaching relevant courses. You are expected to teach reproductive and perinatal toxicology in student-elective specialization courses (SVK) within the medical programme in perinatology as well as sex hormones and fertility. You will participate in the regular academic activities at KI, such as evaluation of dissertations, organizing courses, evaluation of research funding applications etc.

Finally, you will carry out administrative duties delegated by the Division/Department, contribute to further enhancing the quality of work environment.  You are expected to foster good ethical principles in research, communicate research results transparently to the scientific community as well as the public and represent KI internationally by playing a leading role in international organizations in the field of human reproduction, fertility and perinatal toxicology.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer with focus on research, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated good pedagogical expertise; excellent scientific expertise; management, development and collaborative skills.

The applicant should have demonstrated an ability to collaborate internationally, obtain research grants from prestigious organizations (such as Swedish Research Council, European Commission or other national and international sources), initiate and successfully conduct multicenter projects or lead large research consortia.

Assessment criteria

The Senior Lectureship has a focus on research. The assessment will weigh qualifications as follows: scientific expertise (3), pedagogical expertise (2), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2).

For employment as Senior Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure 3.2.1 are applied in relation to established profile of employment.

It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Good scientific production during the past 5 years and a clear line of research
  • Excellent track record in obtaining research funding from national and international funders
  • Successful establishment of international collaborative projects and leadership of large research projects in the relevant field
  • International reputation (e.g. invitations to present at scientific conferences, participate in collaborations, act as a reviewer)
  • Experience of successfully supervising of postdocs, PhD students and undergraduate students
  • Experience of competently leading research group, teams or consortia
  • Track record of institutional committee work and/or positions of trust

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Proven track record of performing high impact cutting-edge ethically responsible research in the field of human ovarian biology, female fertility, stem cell biology, reproductive health, environmental medicine/toxicology, and sustainability
  • Involvement in industry-academia collaborations
  • Proven track record of establishing and carrying out cross-disciplinary collaborative projects

If the applicant have not completed 10 weeks of courses on teaching in higher education (or have equivalent competence), as indicated in the recommendations of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institution – the appointee 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. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Campus Flemingsberg

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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.

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Type of employmentPermanent position
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentUpon agreement
SalaryMonthly Salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberSTÖD 2-1443/2021
ContactLars Henningsohn, Head of Department,
Union representativeBodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01Wietze de Vries, SACO, 08 – 524 840 57, Wölling, SEKO,
Last application date02.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET
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