Karolinska Institutet

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

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 (Medicine, Health care and Health). Up to eight positions as Senior Researcher (extensions of existing Assistant Professorships, two years financing) are included in the investment. The appointments are financed by The Faculty Board at Karolinska Institutet.

Your mission
The researchers in receipt of these strategic funds are expected to conduct research in a field within Medical science (Medicine, Health science and Health). The terms for the employment are to be negotiated with the recipient department.

Eligibility requirements
The applicant should conduct independent research of high quality, with his/her own established research line.

The applicant should be well-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 and senior author.

The applicant should have obtained, preferably as the principal applicant, good external financing in recent years, and must have the capability to obtain additional financing.

Applicants must, at the time of application, hold an Assistant Professorship (defined by the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance as Career development positions) on a four-year (total) contract that expires between January 1st and December 31st, 2021. Applicants may give special grounds to claim deductable time.

Special grounds refer to:

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

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

Assessment criteria

Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing the applicants.

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 position and the assessment criteria.

Information about the employment as researcher through this call

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

The position as Senior Researcher is to be appointed on a permanent basis. Funding will be made available on condition that the term of employment commences at one of KI’s departments not more than twelve months after the Assistant Professorship has expired. The employment is to be agreed with the recipient department, which is responsible for the salary.

Please visit our webpages for more information about the conditions regarding payment of funding. 

What does KI offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. 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.


Depending on where the recruiting department is located, it can be in one of the municipalities of Solna, Flemingsberg, Danderyd or Stockholm

Application procedure

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

  • A personal letter 
  • Application form (the form can be found here)
  • The decision/contract of employment as Assistant Professor
  • Attestation from the head of the recipient department at Karolinska Institutet that the applicant may conduct research at the department with a permanent position in case the applicant is awarded with funding through this call (e-mail message will be accepted).

Please attach relevant documentation regarding deductible time in Swedish or English.

Welcome to apply at the latest May 21st, 2020 (new deadline)

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 8
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1535/2020
  • Recruitment committee office, academic-appointments@ki.se
Union representative
  • Torkel Falkenberg, SACO, torkel.falkenberg@ki.se, +46 70-6183868
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 25.Mar.2020
Last application date 21.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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