Karolinska Institutet, LIME

Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) works within some of the key areas important to fulfilling the motto of Karolinska Institutet ´to improve human health´. We focus on research, development and education in the following areas: medical and healthcare education, informatics, management, ethics, and suicide prevention. LIME has about 150 employees and is located in new premises in Solna Campus. ki.se/lime

Intervention processes and outcomes (PROCOME) research group focuses on effects and implementation of different kinds of programs and initiatives aiming to improve services (e.g. evidence based methods) in different type of organizations, with specific focus on health and social care.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher for a 2-year full time employment focusing on the governance of de-implementation of low-value practices in health care.

The work will take place within the boundaries of a FORTE funded research project “To do or not to do – balancing governance and professional autonomy to abandon ineffective healthcare practices”. A large number of interventions used in health care lack evidence of effectiveness and may be unnecessary or even cause harm and should therefore be de-implemented. Lists of these types of ineffective, i.e. low-value, practices have become common, but these lists have little chance of leading to improvements without sufficient knowledge regarding how de-implementation can be governed and carried out. However, decisions regarding de-implementation are not only a matter of scientific evidence; the puzzle is far more complex with political, economic and relational interests playing a role. This project aims to explore governance of de-implementation of low-value practices in the health care system from political, administrative and organizational perspectives.

As a post-doc, you will be involved in all parts of the project. The work tasks include developing the study design and methodology together with the research team, writing an ethical application, collecting data (mainly through individual and group interviews with health care operative and administrative management as well as politicians, observations and collection of documentation) and running qualitative data analysis. Furthermore, the work tasks also include writing scientific articles as well as presenting findings at scientific conferences, and may also include helping organizations to interpret and implement the results. Lastly, the work tasks also include administrative tasks related to the research process, including establish routines related to research documentation.

Entry requirements
Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence.

To be eligible for the position, you must:

  • Have obtained a PhD, alternatively planned dissertation during the spring term 2019, in scientific field with relevance for this project (e.g., health care science, political science, management, behavioral sciences),
  • Have a strong interest in the area of research (i.e., health care governance, evidence)
  • Have verified experience of designing and conducting qualitative and mixed method research projects
  • Have experience in collecting data through interviews, observations and documents.
  • Have excellent skills in qualitative data analysis.
  • Experience of writing and publishing scientific articles, and presenting findings at scientific conferences
  • Have excellent English skills both orally and written.

It is meritorious if you:

  • Have experience of research and/or practical work in health care setting
  • Have theoretical knowledge about health care governance
  • Have experience of leading qualitative research projects
  • Experience of carrying out process evaluations.
  • Experience of administrative tasks related to the research process, including establish routines related to research documentation
  • Have experience of working independently with research.
  • Have good collaboration and communication skills.
  • Have good Swedish skills both orally and written.

We also place particular emphasis on your social skills, ability to collaborate and that you are service minded.

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

  • A complete curriculum vitae, 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)

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Access as agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-732/2019
  • Henna Hasson, henna.hasson@ki.se
  • Ulrica von Thiele Schwartz, ulrica.schwarz@ki.se
Union representative
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 , biborka.bveress@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 01.Feb.2019
Last application date 22.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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