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The Unit of Integrative Epidemiology at Institute for Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet (KI), aims to improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of health and diseases, with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders, and cancer. We strive for multidisciplinary approaches in epidemiologic research and integrate different scientific tools when addressing specific research questions.  

The Unit of Integrative Epidemiology at IMM is now looking for one postdoctoral researcher to lead and coordinate projects as part of an international collaboration relating to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, using data from national registers, longitudinal cohorts, and biobanks.   

Your mission

We are interested in studying the relationship between neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, and intellectual disability and later life neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. As a postdoctoral fellow, you are expected to take a leading role in the entire research process, from research planning and project administration, ethical application, data processing and analysis, to interpretation and dissemination of research findings. You will be working as part of an international collaboration that involves partners from several countries, as well as close collaborations across departments at Karolinska Institutet. You are also expected to participate in the supervision of doctoral or master students and teaching. This position provides a fixed employment of 2 years.  

Your profile

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier.

Specific requirements for the position: 

  • Doctoral degree in medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, or a related field.
  • Research experience in neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, or other chronic diseases
  • Strong background in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Advanced skills in statistical software (R, Python, SAS or Stata)
  • Proficient knowledge of English

Because of the heavy emphasis on statistical programming required for this position, we request that you submit 1-2 samples of your code from one the above programs with a paragraph explaining what the code accomplishes. Because scientific writing and research communication are also key tasks in this position, we also ask that you submit a sample of your scientific writing where you can demonstrate that you had the primary responsibility for writing (i.e., a first author paper or manuscript). 

Experience with advanced epidemiological analyses (such as mediation analyses, Mendelian Randomization, and family-based study designs) is advantageous, as is previous medical training. Experience from international collaboration, project administration, and/or teaching will also be appreciated.

We place great importance on personal suitability and are looking for highly creative and motivated employees who appreciates working in a team. We expect the applicants to show good cooperation skills and at the same time great independence. 

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. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

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An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • Samples of scientific writing and statistical code

Welcome to apply.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employmentTemporary position
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAccording to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100 %
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberSTÖD 2-3164/2023
ContactFang Fang, professor ,
Union representativeAnne Boström, SEKO , 08-52487579,anne.bostrom@ki.seNiklas Andersson, OFR , 08-52487419,niklas.andersson@ki.seAnda Gliga, Nanna Fyhrquist, Saco-S,,
Last application date21.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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