The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics conducts research in epidemiology and biostatistics across a broad range of areas within biomedical science. The department is among the largest of its type in Europe and has especially strong research profiles in psychiatric, cancer, reproductive, pediatric, pharmaco, genetic, and geriatric epidemiology, eating disorders, precision medicine, and biostatistics.

Part of the success of our department is due to our collaborative spirit where one factor is that researchers at the Department share and co-finance common resources (e.g., IT and an applied biostatistics group). The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The psychiatric genetic epidemiology group within MEB is comprised of numerous researchers ranging from graduate students to senior professors. Several large case-control and cohort populations are available with genetic data and complete medical and demographic information. The research is performed in an interdisciplinary setting with strong collaboration with clinical departments and other national and international research groups. The current project will be led by Dr. Sarah Bergen in collaboration with Profs. Kenneth Kendler, Paul Lichtenstein, and Patrick Sullivan. We are searching for a dedicated and creative postdoctoral researcher for an initial appointment of 2 years and possible extension for up to 2 additional years.

Your mission

The postdoctoral research will involve evaluation of environmental risk factors for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and the extent to which these are shared between these disorders. Studies to assess gene-environment interaction will follow using both indirect (family history) and direct (molecular genetic) assessments of genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in relation to environmental exposures. Most data to be used will be derived from the Swedish National Registers. However, the molecular genetic data is available from large-scale studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder collected within Sweden. We offer flexible working conditions and a negotiable starting date. For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Bergen at the email address below.

Your profile

Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics or other relevant discipline. Prospective candidates should be skilled in statistical analyses and epidemiological methods, and ideally will have familiarity with national register/electronic health record data. Applicants should also preferably have experience with analysis of molecular genetic data such as genome-wide association studies. Interest in psychiatric genetics research is a prerequisite, and knowledge of this research field is an advantage. Successful candidates will have a high level of English proficiency and ample experience with publishing research articles.

To be qualified for employment as a postdoctoral researcher, applicants must have obtained a doctorate or have 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. 

What do we offer?

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 better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.  



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)

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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2624/2020
  • Sarah Bergen,
  • Sofia Anderberg,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Gunnel Brolin, OFR,
Published 10.Jun.2020
Last application date 01.Jul.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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