The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2019 of 497 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

Aging Research Center (ARC), a division within NVS, is located at KI Campus Solna, Stockholm. It is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, psychiatry, geriatrics), psychology (e.g., cognition, structural, functional, and molecular brain imaging), and social gerontology (e.g., sociology, public health, social epidemiology, social work). The center has around 75 employees, it has a strong focus on research with unique research resources, such as large-scale longitudinal studies and nationwide registries.

ARC is now opening a two-year position.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Your mission

Together with epidemiologists, sociologists, and clinical researchers, the candidate will work with a research project investigating the relationship of life-course cardiovascular risk factors and related disorders with mental health outcomes in older adults as well as potential neuropathological mechanisms. The project will largely be based on the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) population study and the embedded SNAC-K MRI study, which includes people aged 60+ years who have been followed up at regular intervals since 2001. The protocol includes extensive assessment of social, medical, biological, and genetic factors as well as a comprehensive neuropsychiatric battery. The postdoc will be involved in all parts of the research process, including generation of research hypothesis, formation of specific research questions, study design, statistical analysis, writing of scientific reports, and dissemination of research findings. Successful candidate will additionally contribute to other ongoing projects within the research group. The candidate will also be involved in preparation of funding applications. Finally, teaching at the first- and second-cycle levels at Karolinska Institutet will also be among the work duties.

Your profile

Qualified candidate to be employed as a postdoctoral researcher should 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 for this position, provided that all requirements for a completed doctoral degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

Specific requirements are: 1) PhD in the field of epidemiology, with a particular focus on aging, cardiovascular health, use of medication, and psychiatric outcomes; 2) Strong skills in advanced statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data using STATA, MPlus, and/or R, documented by relevant training and user-experience; 3) Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; 4) Experience in writing and publishing research articles; and 5) Ability to formulate new research hypotheses.

Other meritorious competences include: 1) Previous research experience on cardiovascular health and cognitive aging outcomes; 2) Research experience and knowledge on use of medications and polypharmacy in old age; 3) Ability to work in teams and excellent interpersonal skills.

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.


Your career continues here

Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

Aging Research Center




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 2021-05-18.

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
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2163/2021
  • Amanda Nyberg, HR-partner, 08-52486812
  • Chengxuan Qiu, lektor, 08-690 58 16
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-524 835 29
Published 04.May.2021
Last application date 18.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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