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Toxic metals are commonly occurring in our food and drinking water. It is therefore important to clarify whether the exposures can result in any adverse health effects, especially within sensitive groups such as pregnant women and children. The research at the unit of Metals and Health focuses mainly on early-life exposure to toxic metals and other trace elements and how this can affect health. We have a state-of-the-art trace element laboratory and we are conducting epidemiological and experimental toxicological research within different mother-child cohorts.

Your mission
Together with other researchers and PhD students, the postdoctor(s) will mainly work on data from a Swedish mother-child cohort, investigating the relationship of multiple trace elements, both toxic and essential, with child health and development. The primary objectives are to clarify the role of pre- and postnatal exposures for birth outcomes, immune maturation, growth and child cognition and behavior. As a postdoctor you are expected to participate in data collection/set-up, method development, statistical analysis, and writing of scientific articles in English. The postdoctor is also expected to participate in supervision of students and in development of the research area, setting up new research questions. This is a 2-year position for one or two postdoctor(s) with the possibility of extension for one additional year.

Your profile
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a doctoral degree in environmental medicine or other related fields or biostatistics. Good knowledge in epidemiology and statistical modelling is required, preferably also of longitudinal data, using STATA and/or R. Documented knowledge in statistical analysis related to mix exposure and/or omics data is a merit. High weight will be given to skills regarding communication of research findings, both orally and through publication in peer-reviewed journals in English.

Preferably, the candidate should understand Swedish in writing. The candidate should be meticulous and be able to work independently against defined deadlines. Experience in toxicology and/or analytical chemistry, specifically trace element analysis, is a merit. It is also an advantage to have previous experience of research concerning early life human development.

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.

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.

Location: Solna


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 September 15, 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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3120/2020
  • Maria Kippler, senior researcher , +460852487407,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, 08-524 875 79,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-524 874 19,
  • Karlhans Che, Anda Gliga Saco-S,,
Published 06.Jul.2020
Last application date 15.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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