Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

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 researcher position is available within the area of working conditions, sleep disturbances, and dementia/Alzheimer disease. You will have a unique opportunity to work closely with top researchers in the field. Our research program aims to understand the influence of psychosocial stress over the working career and sleep disturbances on the risk of cognitive dysfunction/dementia. The area involves methods such as occupational and geriatric epidemiology, as well as advanced statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis.

Your mission

The candidate is expected to carry out research on the association of life course exposure to psychosocial work stress and sleep disturbances and the risk of cognitive dysfunction (i.e. cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease). Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher should be able to perform advanced statistical analyses concerning repeated measures on exposures over time. The research will be carried out in consultation with project manager Torbjörn Åkerstedt and others. This is a temporary part-time position that we expect to last until 2022-07-31.

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.

What do we offer?

We are looking for applicants with knowledge of epidemiological and statistical data analyzes as well as experience of using eg STATA, SPSS, SAS and similar analysis programs. Excellent English skill is a requirement. Extra weight is given to applicants with research experience within dementia and/or stress. Clinical experience of working with patients with dementia/Alzheimer's disease/cognitive impairment is also an advantage. The work involves close collaboration with others and demands flexibility and excellent communication skills. A high degree of accuracy and independence is also important.

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 Torbjörn Åkerstedt's research
Read more about the Department of Clinical Neuroscience



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 16th of September 2020.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 40-50%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3562/2020
  • Julia Martinez Palm, HR Officer, 08-524 832 40,
  • Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Senior professor,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 26.Aug.2020
Last application date 16.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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