Karolinska Institutet, en av KI:s institutioner

Karolinska Institutet (KI) launches an investment programme to recruit leading junior researchers with particularly outstanding scientific merits and future potential. The investments are being made in Medical science for both pre-clinical and clinical research. Up to eight positions as Assistant Professor (six years financing) with possibility to apply for promotion to Senior lecturer is a part of this investment. The appointments are financed by the Faculty Board at Karolinska Institutet.


The employment as Assistant Professor is time limited for six years with the right to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. The purpose of the employment as Assistant Professor is to develop research as an independent researcher and acquire the scientific and pedagogical qualifications required for eligibility for appointment as Senior Lecturer in a field within Medical science. The terms for the employment are to be negotiated with the recipient department.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant should, in recent years, have conducted research of high quality, and demonstrate the ability to continue to conduct research of high quality. 

Applicants must have graduated with a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position as 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:

  • parental leave,
  • positions of trust in trade union organisations,
  • mandatory service in the total defence forces,
  • long-term illness,
  • general medical internship (maximum 24 months) or
  • specialist medical internship for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months).

Ground, dates and extent must be clearly specified in the application and verified with relevant documentation.

Bases of assessment

Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing applicants.

The applicant should have published in internationally leading journals in his/her field in recent years, and occupy a prominent place in the list of authors, preferably as first author and/or last author. The applicant must have the capability, as the principal applicant, to obtain external financing.

Applicants will be assessed on their scientific expertise mainly based on two assessment criteria; the Applicant’s competence and the Scientific quality of the project.

Please visit our website for more information about the assessment of candidates and the assessment criteria.

Position as Assistant Professor

Applicants rewarded a position by The Faculty board are expected to negotiate the employment conditions with the head of one (or more) relevant department(s) at KI. The employment is to be agreed with the recipient department, which is responsible for the salary.

The position as Assistant Professor is a fixed-term career-development position lasting for a maximum of six years at Karolinska Institutet. The employment is to commence at the recipient department not more than twelve months after the decision has been made by the Faculty Board.

The recipient department will be assigned a framework amount of SEK 1,000,000 per appointment per year for a maximum of six years. The funds are intended to finance positions and are to be used for salary and salary related costs in connection to the position.

In the event an applicant who is rewarded with a position through the call already is employed as Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) at Karolinska Institutet, time will be counted off correspondingly from the new employment, and the allocated salary funds will also be reduced correspondingly.

A start-up grant for research is awarded to applicants that are granted a position as Assistant professor from the announcement. The start-up grant is a non-recurring amount of SEK 1 000 000.

Application process

Please follow the instructions carefully. Applications should be submitted by the recruitment system Varbi. The application shall comprise of the following documents, written in English:

  • A personal letter (upload into the recruitment system)
  • Application form to be filled in and uploaded in the recruitment system

Particular assessment for promotion to Senior Lecturer
An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to Senior Lecturer if he or she is eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet and is assessed to be suitable for such employment in accordance with the assessment criteria that KI has decided should be applied when being promoted to Senior Lecturer. Current assessment criteria is found here. Such promotion results in a permanent position as Senior Lecturer.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full-time/Part-time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to the agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2109/2019
  • Rekryteringsutskottets kansli, academic-appointments@ki.se
Union representative
  • Torkel Falkenberg, SACO , +46 (0) 8-524 838 68
Published 03.Apr.2019
Last application date 29.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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