Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We offer an engaging and international research environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute to high quality research at international top level. 

A postdoctoral position is available within the Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and related Disorders Across the Lifespan research group, where you will find a unique opportunity to work closely with top researchers in the field. Our research program aims to understand the causes and consequences of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders using a variety of methods such as genetic epidemiology and brain imaging.

Your mission

The successful applicant will be linked to Professor Mataix-Cols’s research group at Centre för Psychiatry Research (CPF). Professor Mataix-Cols’ group conducts multi-disciplinary research (e.g., biological, clinical, social, epidemiological) in the areas of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the register-based epidemiological projects with a particular emphasis on pharmacoepidemiological studies examining the predictors and long-term health consequences of chronic benzodiazepine use. The research projects will also include studying the risk factors of psychiatric disorders of interest, impact of such disorders in health and social outcomes, and mortality. 

You will be involved in all parts of the projects, ranging from generating own research ideas, to acquisition and management of data from large population-based registers, statistical data analysis, and writing scientific publications and grant proposals. The postdoctoral researcher will have plenty of opportunity to develop his/her own ideas and will be encouraged to do so. You will have full access to the infrastructure of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet and to the Swedish population registers. 

This is a temporary full-time position for the period of 1 year with a possibility of extension for another 1 or 2 years.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.


  • A doctoral degree related to epidemiology, biostatistics, psychiatry, psychology, or similar.
  • Proven competence and proficiency in the use of analytic software such as SAS.
  • Experience in working with other analytic software (e.g., Stata, R).
  • Proven record of carrying out statistical data analysis with focus on longitudinal modelling of register-based cohort data.
  • Experience in working with the Swedish nationwide health and administrative registers and, in particular, with the Swedish Prescribed Drug register.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

In addition, the candidate should be able to take initiative, ensure that project goals are consistently met, be flexible to manage projects effectively, and be comfortable having parallel activities. The applicant must be able to integrate well into the international and multidisciplinary environment. Personal suitability is therefore of great importance.

What do we 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.


Read more about the Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Read more about the Centre for Psychiatry Research


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)

Welcome to apply at the latest June 10th 2020.

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 employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2326/2020
  • David Mataix-Cols, Professor/psykolog,
  • Anna Sidorchuk, Forskare ,
  • Anna Wendel, Personaladministratör,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 20.May.2020
Last application date 10.Jun.2020 11:59 PM CET

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