KI, Department of NVS, Division of Clinical geriatrics

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 540 employees and a revenue 2023 of 530 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Division of Clinical Geriatric, with over 100 employed and affiliated researchers are located both in Neo, Campus Flemingsberg and in the Q-building in Solna. We conduct research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. Our research is multi-faceted and is in close collaboration with leading institutions and clinics worldwide. The research is clinically oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The division has a close cooperation with the Medical Unit Aging within Theme Inflammation and Aging at Karolinska University Hospital.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Assistant Professor Shireen Sindi works within the Nordic Brain Network (NBN), which is part of the division of Clinical Geriatrics, Center for Alzheimer Research, NVS. The largest part of this multidisciplinary research team is located at KI (Q-building in Solna), but team members are also present at the Karolinska University Hospital, in Finland and the UK. Broadly, the NBN carries out research focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The research team (Nordic Brain Network) has carried out prevention trials (RCT) and is involved in several international collaborations and networks.

Within this network, Dr. Sindi conducts research on modifiable dementia risk factors such as stress and sleep disturbances, and the plan is to integrate studies on air pollution. The goal of this multi-site collaborative research plan is to investigate the mechanisms underlying the associations between the aforementioned risk factors and dementia/cognition, e.g. neuroimaging correlates (MRI, PET, MEG), Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers measures in cerebrospinal fluid (beta amyloid, tau), microbiome markers, and inflammatory markers. The specific postdoctoral project will be tailored to the postdoctoral fellow’s areas of expertise and research interests.

Your mission

You will be part of the NBN team and will conduct research according to the project goals described above.

You will be responsible for:

  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Data processing
  • Statistical analyses
  • Interpretation of the results
  • Preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Presenting the results in relevant seminars and conferences
  • Project coordination
  • Maintain regular communication between different collaborating centres to share recent results and updates
  • Integrate the expertise from different group members

To conduct the research, you will work with several research studies, which will be selected based on the specific research questions. These include population-based cohort studies, clinic-based cohorts studies and randomized controlled trials. You will also support students in the team, contribute to various collaborative projects and attend virtual meeting to collaborate with team members located in different sites in Sweden, Finland and in the UK.

This is a full-time (100%) temporary position for 7 months, with possibility of extension.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow is one who has obtained a doctorate degree. 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.

We are seeking a researcher with a PhD in Epidemiology or related field (e.g. Neuroscience, Psychology) with solid statistical knowledge, and capacities to independently perform statistical analyses. Priority will be given to candidates with experiences working with older populations, cognitive impairment and dementia, as well as data on biomarkers including neuroimaging, fluid biomarkers, among others.

Being fluent in spoken and written English is required. The successful candidate should show a high level of responsibility, independence and problem-solving skills, and be an active team player in our large and dynamic multidisciplinary group. Great importance is attributed to collaboration abilities and communications skills, as a substantial part of the work involves collaboration with others. The workload may be variable and will require flexibility of working hours to meet deadlines. The candidate should also have good project management skills to structure the work according to planned timelines.

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


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 8 of June 2022.

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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1993/2022
  • Shireen Sindi, Assistant Professor, +46735508703
  • Sofia Fridén, HR-partner, 08-52488296
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-52483529
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 18.May.2022
Last application date 08.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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