Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a strong passion for conducting research that strives to contribute to the quality of life and mental wellbeing of individuals with Neurodevelopmental Conditions. As part of a European consortium - Risk and Resilience in Developmental Diversity and Mental Health (R2D2-MH) – we are conducting research which aims to improve the mental health outcomes of young people with these challenges. The postdoctoral position will examine the factors related to risk and resilience for adverse health and psychosocial outcomes in by developing International of Classification of Functioning (ICF) core sets for risk and resilience in this population. In addition, the postdoc interacts with researchers in the European Consortium and contributes to other work packages investigating resilience.

The research group
KIND, Karolinska Institutet Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, located in the heart of Stockholm, is a leading competence center for research, development, education, and practice within the area of neurodevelopmental conditions. KIND is established in collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Region Stockholm research aiming at improving clinical practice and the community for neurodivergent people and their families. We are a diverse team of around 50 researchers and enthusiastic clinicians sharing the vision of the center and want you to join us.

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Your mission

This 3-year postdoctoral position will contribute to the outcomes R2D2-MH. Based on a multiscale study of resilience factors - from biology to psychological and societal factors, R2D2-MH will provide innovative approaches to increase the quality of life of individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. KIND is one of 22 consortium members of R2D2-MH contributing to this aim.

Your postdoctoral position will focus on the co-creation of ICF Core sets - shortlists of ICF codes - for risk and resilience in neurodevelopmental conditions, identifying the most significant and shared factors related to risk and resilience for adverse health and psychosocial outcomes in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The development of these ICF core sets will involve a systematic review of the resilience and risk literature using corpus methods, an internal expert survey, a qualitative study with multiple stakeholders, real-life domain studies of persons with neurodevelopmental conditions. The developed core sets will be used to derive diagnostic tools, test batteries and quantitative scales for risk and resilience assessment. You will also work to link databases formed as part of the broader project to the ICF and will interface with other work packages of R2D2-MH.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier. 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.

It is a requirement that your doctorate (or equivalent) be within a subject area of relevance to neurodevelopmental disorders, and it is highly desirable that you have documented experience with the ICF, including familiarity with ICF linking methodologies as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO). Experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, especially related you psychometrics and instrument development/evaluation, including excellent skills in working with standard data analytic software is required, with experience in co-production and co-design methodologies also considered a merit. As this project requires communication and interaction with multiple stakeholders abroad, a high level of proficiency in verbal and written English is also necessary. As a postdoctoral researcher, you should have a developing record of accomplishment, demonstrated by the publication of research outputs in high quality refereed academic journals/outlets consistent with the discipline.

We expect you to contribute actively and constructively to the development of our projects and that you have great collaborative ability. You are expected to be able to work both team-based as well as on your own. The preferred candidate will be motivated, responsible, and hardworking.

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.

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Location: Solna



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 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1066/2022
  • Sven Bölte, Professor,
  • Johanna Ahlström, HR-Partner, 08-52482397
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-52483601
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 09.Mar.2022
Last application date 18.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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