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 geriatric pharmacoepidemiological group’s mission is to investigate and improve drug utilization among older adults. Our research areas include inappropriate medication use, polypharmacy, register-based pharmacoepidemiology, medication use in frail older adults and inequality in medication use. Besides medication use, we also conduct research in related areas such as health, Covid-19, and use of health- and eldercare in older adults. We belong to the aging research group at MEB.

Your mission

The Postdoctoral Researchers will take part in planning and conducting research studies, including data management, data analyses and conducting systematic reviews. The Postdoctoral Researchers will be involved in supervision, teaching, dissemination of research findings, grant writing and production of research articles. Production of research articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals will be a central activity. The position also includes support and coordination in national and international collaborations and projects.

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.

  • The applicant should have a PhD (or equivalent scientific competence) in medical sciences, epidemiology, pharmacology or related fields.
  • The applicant should have conducted research, including documented published research articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, within aging epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, or related areas.
  • The applicant must be able to extract, manage and analyze large data sets.
  • Have documented skills in use of statistical software, such as Stata, SAS or R.
  • Experience of working with routinely collected administrative data/register data (health registers, electronic health records, quality registers or claims data) is strongly meritorious.
  • Experience of conducting systematic reviews is meritorious.
  • Excellent skills in English, both written and oral, is required.
  • Knowledge in Swedish is meritorious.

In addition, the applicants must be able to work independently and multidisciplinary, take own initiatives, and have excellent collaboration skills. The applicant must also have excellent communication and organizational skills. Personal characteristics is of great importance in the assessment of the applicants.

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)

Welcome to apply!

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 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2266/2021
  • Kristina Johnell,
  • Jonas Wastesson,
  • Carina Olofsson Moreno,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 07.May.2021
Last application date 06.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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