Karolinska Institutet,

- with focus on research

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Would you like to work with and further develop research within the area of tumor pathology at Karolinska Institutet and at the Karolinska University Hospital? Are you interested in tumor pathology diagnostics? Welcome to a leading environment within tumor pathology research.

Description of the subject area

Tumor pathology regarding modern diagnostics is a broad and dynamic area of ​​research and clinical activity with precision medicine as its goal. Tumor pathological diagnostics may include macroscopic and microscopic changes, abnormal morphology, as well as molecular, genetic, biochemical and physiological changes. 

The subject covers the full spectrum of changes that initiate and contribute to tumor development and is crucial for diagnostics prior to treatment planning, therapy selection and follow-up. These may include changes in the organisation, sequence and packaging of the DNA molecule and expression at gene and protein levels. The development of the field goes hand in hand with the technical development in digital pathology as well as in global analyzes of extracts from tissues and individual cells, and also of cells in tissue and cytology preparations.

Your mission

The employment has a focus on research.

The position is placed at the Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet with 50% of full-time, together with employment at the Medical Unit Clinical Pathology and Cancerdiagnostics at Karolinska University Hospital-Solna with 50% of full-time.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute academic leadership within experimental and clinical tumor pathology with focus on diagnostics. The applicant shall function as a principal investigator (PI) and conduct high quality research within the area, and supervise PhD-students, post-docs and younger researchers. The position includes active contributions to basic education within eg. the medical program, specialist education and PhD-education in tumor pathology. For the clinical appointment, the applicant is expected to actively participate in and lead the development of tumor diagnostics for at least one of the following concerned areas in clinical pathology subject areas represented at the site Solna (gynecological, endocrine, renal, soft tissue, hemato-, neuro, and/or lung pathology).

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an employment as Professor with focus on research the applicant must have demonstrated good pedagogical expertise; excellent scientific expertise and good clinical expertise (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The applicants’ research should be of international high quality, and with clear potential for future development, within tumor pathology with a focus on diagnostics. The applicant should therefore be actively conducting research concerning development/application of methodology and analyses in tumor pathology, as well as disease-, prognosis- and treatment-related changes in patients.

The applicant shall have experience from teaching on the basic and specialist levels in oncology and as a supervisor in doctoral education in tumor pathology.

The successful applicant has to be a clinically active specialist physician in pathology with extensive knowledge in clinical tumor diagnostics. The applicant should present a clear vision of how he/she sees the development of diagnostics in tumor pathology within the next five years. The applicant should in his/her clinical practice be well experienced in clinical routine work such as macroscopical and microscopical diagnostics, participation in clinical conferences and mentoring residents as well as junior specialist doctors.

The position will be combined with a position as a specialist trained physician in clinical pathology at the Medical Unit Clinical Pathology and Cancerdiagnostics at Karolinska University Hospital-Solna and therefore the candidate must have an MD with specialist competence in pathology, as well as fulfill the National Board of Health and Welfare's requirements for practicing medicine in Sweden. To become employed the applicant is required to hold a Swedish specialty license in pathology and to have the required knowledge of spoken and written Swedish.

Assessment criteria

The Professorship has a focus on research. The assessment will weight qualifications as follows: scientific expertise (3), pedagogical expertise (2), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (1) and clinical expertise (2).

For employment as Professor at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure 3.1.1 are applied in relation to established profile of employment.

It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Active scientific production of good quality in tumor pathology with a clear senior role within the last five years
  • Clear line of research as principal investigator in experimental and clinical tumor pathology
  • Experience of successful translation from research results to clinical application in tumor pathological diagnostics
  • Skill to conduct and develop diagnostics in tumor pathology

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Ability to obtain own research funding in competition
  • Supervision of doctoral students and degree projects for undergraduate students in experimental and clinical environments   
  • Experience as a teacher in tumor pathology at the basic and / or advanced level as well as the research level
  • Contributed to the education in tumor pathology for residents and specialist trained physicians in pathology

The applicant shall also have completed 10 weeks of courses on teaching in higher education (or have equivalent competence), as indicated in the recommendations of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institution. If the person appointed for the position is lacking such education at the time of the employment, the appointee must undergo such education during the first two years of employment.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. 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.

Location: Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, as well as Medical Unit Clinical Pathology and Cancerdiagnostics, Karolinska University Hospital-Solna

Department of Oncology-Pathology

Your career continues here


Your application must contain the following documents in English: a cover letter as well as a résumé and a qualifications portfolio including a description of your research plan, both presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s template (http://ki.se/qualificationsportfolio). You may change or add to your application at any time up to and including the application deadline date. After the deadline, the process closes, and no amendment or addition can be made to your application.

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers, most often both national and international. For that reason, all the submitted documents should be written in English.

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

Clinical position at Karolinska University Hospital:

To obtain position as specialist doctor (överläkare, biträdande överläkare, specialistläkare) at Karolinska University Hospital, assessment of the applicant’s clinical qualifications by the hospital’s Expert Committee is mandatory.

Hence, the documents listed below are required for determining the correct service level.

Link to criteria for specialist doctor at Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset (in Swedish).

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4064/2021
  • Vice Head of Department Catharina Larsson, catharina.larsson@ki.se
  • Clinical representative Peter Zickert, peter.zickert@regionstockholm.se
Union representative
  • Andreas Lundqvist, SACO, andreas.lundqvist@ki.se
  • Nick Tobin, SACO , nick.tobin@ki.se
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR, helen.eriksson@ki.se
Published 13.Jun.2022
Last application date 15.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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