Karolinska Institutet, NVS

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2018 of 490 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Division of Neurogeriatrics and the research focus
The research at the division of Neurogeriatrics is focused on neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease and aims to translate findings from basic research into clinical practice. An assistant professor to be hired will be working in a research group that has focus on protein aggregation and finding ways to regulate it, with the aim to develop biologic drugs against neurodegeneration. The research group is located in NEO at campus Flemingsberg.

The position focuses on research in the field of protein aggregation and it can be affected by external factors, in particular molecular chaperones, for future medical applications. The focus will be on protein chaperones, protein-protein interactions and mechanisms for protein assembly using primarily biochemical methods. The duties include setting up and analysis of fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy and electron microscopy and other biochemical experiments.
The applicant is expected to develop an independent research line with a strong profile, writing scientific articles in leading journals, and present research results at scientific conferences and for the public. Furthermore, the person must apply for his / her own research grants and ensure financing for future research, as well as supervising employees in the research group. Also teaching at different levels and courses are included in the service. This employment as Assistant Professor is time limited for 4 years with the right to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Eligibility requirements
The applicant must have a PhD in the subjects of biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology or similar and have a broad knowledge and research experience about proteins, protein structure and aggregation/assembly. Experience in studying amyloid forming proteins and spider silk proteins, as well as practical knowledge of protein structure analyses are meritorious. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position of assistant professor. Those who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence earlier may however be considered if special grounds exist. Special grounds refer to illness or parental leave.
We are looking for a person who has demonstrated scientific productivity in the form of relevant publications, invitations to presentations at conferences, and has received research grant as main applicant in external competition. It is a merit to have documented theoretical knowledge and competence to perform biochemical and biophysical methods for characterization protein structure, as well as experience of protein production with recombinant methods and protein purification. The applicant should have practical experience of experimental methods used for studies of protein structure. Experience in biochemical production and management of amyloid and/or silk forming proteins/peptides and protein chaperones, as well as characterization of these proteins by spectroscopic methods and microscopy are meritorious.
The research is interdisciplinary and therefore demands for cooperation ability and interest to network. Good ability to communicate in English is a prerequisite. Experience of teaching in the research area and supervision of students is an advantage

Bases of assessment
Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing applicants.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in Swedish/ English: curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (http://ki.se/qualificationsportfolio).

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system


Promotion of Assistant Professor to Senior Lecturer

See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet chapter 3.3

An Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. An application is submitted to the Recruitment Committee. In order to be promoted to Senior Lecturer after an assessment by the Recruitment Committee, the applicant must meet the criteria below. The Assistant Professor can choose between two different promotion tracks; promotion to Senior Lecturer with focus on Research or promotion to Senior Lecturer with focus on Education and research.

Promotion of Assistant Professor to Senior Lecturer with focus on Research

Assessment criteria

  1. Senior Lecturer expertise according to the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for “Senior lecturer with focus on research”.
  2. Grants obtained as principal applicant in national or international competition that covers the applicant’s own salary for at least two years from the final date of employment as an Assistant Professor. Project funding obtained in national or international competition (i.e. excellence grants obtained from the Swedish Research Council, European Research Council (ERC), Wallenberg Foundation (WAF) or Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) that covers costs for salaries, rent, materials and other project-related expenses for the research for at least two years from the final date of employment as an Assistant Professor.
  3. First and/or senior author of a number of peer-reviewed scientific articles published in leading international scientific journals over a number of years after dissertation, with the emphasis on the qualification period as an Assistant Professor.
  4. An independent research line deemed by independent experts and departmental management to offer excellent future potential for both the individual researcher and the department in question.
  5. A documented good ability to lead the own research group – including staff responsibility and supervision of doctoral and/or postdoctoral students. Scientific expertise is emphasized when assessing applicants including successful scientific results in a good working climate, as well as documented collaborative abilities.
  6. All experience of undertaking assignments on behalf of the scientific community – such as board membership, internal assessment committees, departmental duties, organising courses and conferences and editorships – will be considered as merits.


Promotion of Assistant Professor to Senior Lecturer with focus on Education and research

Assessment criteria

  1. Senior Lecturer expertise according to the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for “Senior Lecturer with focus on Education and research”.
  2. Higher education training of 10 weeks or equivalent competence in accordance with the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF).
  3. Independent responsibility for planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching and examination at all levels, first (basic undergraduate), second (advanced undergraduate) and third (graduate) -cycle study programmes and courses – to a significant extent and over a period of at least three years with documented high level of quality.
  4. Pedagogical management assignments as course director at first (basic undergraduate), second (advanced undergraduate) and third (graduate) cycle level.
  5. Extensive pedagogical experience of various forms of teaching and for various groups at first (basic undergraduate), second (advanced undergraduate) and third (graduate) cycle levels.
  6. Completed, nationally and internationally presented pedagogical development work resulting in improved study programmes and/or courses.
  7. A clear plan for the own pedagogical activities (including pedagogical development work) that demonstrates a high level of quality and great potential.

If the applicant is deemed to fulfil all of the above criteria, they will be assessed by two experts in their field and must meet the eligibility requirements that apply to appointments as a Senior Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet.

Type of employment Befristeter Arbeitsvertrag länger als 6 Monate
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-849/2019
  • Janne Johansson, Professor, janne.johansson@ki.se
  • Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund, Head of Administration, 46 8 524 868 18, ulla.cronfalk-hernlund@ki.se
  • Maria Staiger, HR Officer, 46 8 524 837 79, maria.staiger@ki.se
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65, carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 , biborka.bveress@ki.se
Published 07.Feb.2019
Last application date 28.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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