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The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting-edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

The unit of Intervention and implementation research for worker health ( is conducting research about work and health with a focus on intervention and implementation. Our aim is, through high quality research and education, to develop, evaluate and implement evidence-based and cost-effective methods that are relevant to society. Our research unit is multi-professional with approximately 20 co-workers.

Your mission

The researcher is expected to perform leading collaborative research in the area of musculoskeletal health and to attract external funding to support these activities. Specifically, he or she is expected to lead a research group working on diagnosis, prevention, manual treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain, mainly spinal pain. Additionally, the researcher should strengthen the unit’s expertise in methods for prediction of manual treatment success, the use of frequently repeated measures for follow-up and the systematic reviews about musculoskeletal pain conditions. The position is temporary for 12 months. 

Your profile

A person is eligible to be appointed researcher if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Doctor or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence and fulfills the requirements for “Docent” at Karolinska Institutet. Ongoing research is important.
The successful candidate should have strong competitive track record in musculoskeletal research including intervention studies and randomized clinical trials, preferably using quantitative methodology and statistics. The candidate must show experience in recruiting and retention of research participants and repeated measures in clinical trials. As we are using frequent measures to collect outcomes, knowledge of SMS Track is expected, as well as the analysis thereof. Particular focus will be on research collaboration and networks, and a clinical background in manual therapy must be demonstrated. In addition, the candidate should have a demonstrated history of scientific independence and leadership. Last author publications in international peer-reviewed journals are a merit.

Bases of assessment

Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing applicants. We are looking for an independent researcher who is at the forefront of research in the area of development and evaluation of musculoskeletal health interventions. The applicant must have a solid knowledge of evidence-based practice, musculoskeletal health, systematic development of interventions, and systematic reviews. Clinical experience of manual treatment is advantageous as the job will require an understanding of common procedures and terminology. International contacts and collaborations at foreign universities and research groups are of importance.

We are searching for an independent researcher who has her/his own research funding that has been acquired through competition. Prior experience of leading a research group is necessary.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the candidates, Karolinska Institutet will judge which of the candidates that have the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

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 application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet's qualifications portfolio.

Welcome to apply at the latest November 8, 2020.

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

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment omg
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4475/2020
  • Lydia Kwak, enhetschef, +460707482414
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, 08-524 875 79,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, 08-524 874 19,
  • Karlhans Che, SACO,
Published 23.Oct.2020
Last application date 08.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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