Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

- with focus on research

Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

Sweden and the world face large health challenges. Physical activity is decreasing, and our eating habits are far from optimal. According to the World Health Organization WHO, non‐communicable lifestyle diseases kill 41 million people every year. Many of these can be prevented with healthier lifestyles. Preventive measures are required, and it is of utmost importance that they are evidence-based. Therefore, Karolinska Institutet (KI) wishes to establish a Professorship in cardiovascular prevention. The aim is to improve public health, reduce sick leave and prevent unnecessarily early deaths in the Swedish population.

The Professorship in cardiovascular prevention has been made possible thanks to several external donations to Karolinska Institutet. It will be located at the Department of Medicine Huddinge (MedH), which is one of KI's leading clinical departments. The department's research is organized into six departments and three research centers. About 70 different research groups are active at the department, whose ambition is to be a leading institution in medical research and learning.

Description of the subject area

Cardiovascular disasters account for most deaths from lifestyle diseases. According to the WHO, 80% of these can be prevented through preventive measures. These must be broadly laid out and span the entire medical field. The task of the recruited professor is to conduct their own research and at the same time act as a unifying force for other cardiovascular prevention research at KI.

The Professorship should have a clear research focus directed against measures taken in primary care, where health challenges can be met effectively and where preventive measures can have an effect before citizens become so ill that they need hospital care. This focus is supported by policymakers, companies and authorities, as well as by the healthcare system. In addition to this, political awareness of the importance of prevention in primary care is increasing, which is why the Professorship also has a strategic value in line with political developments.

The academic placement at MedH ensures a clear link between primary care and experimental, translational and clinical research throughout the internal medicine field. This is of great importance as cardiovascular morbidity is multifactorial and preventive measures must be based on molecular knowledge of metabolic events. The field of prevention, like the rest of healthcare, will in the future be clearly linked to precision medicine, and increased collaboration between primary care, care in a hospital environment and translational academic research at the forefront is therefore of great importance.

Your role

The professor we are looking for in this position is a clinically active physician. The Professorship will be associated with clinical activities in primary care and the clinical employment is planned to comprise 30%. In addition to conducting your own research and clinical activities in cardiovascular prevention, you are expected to take part in the overall coordination and development of cardiovascular prevention research at KI. You are of course also expected to take part in KI's educational assignments at undergraduate and advanced level in collaboration with those of KI's departments responsible for the various educations.

You are also expected to spread and develop knowledge of lifestyle and healthy living habits within the third task, as well as to be a research and education support for health care. Your assignment will therefore be multifactorial and place high demands on communicative ability and the ability to effectively interact with different health professions and with structures in society.

Eligibility requirements

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

The position will be combined with a position as a specialist trained physician at the Stockholm County Health Care Area (SLSO) and therefore you must have an MD as well as fulfill the National Board of Health and Welfare's requirements for practicing medicine in Sweden.

You must also have specialist competence in general medicine, cardiology, internal medicine or endocrinology. 

As the position includes clinical employment, you must, in addition to English, possess knowledge and proficiency in Swedish, Norwegian or Danish (C1 level according to the common European reference scale, CERS).

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 (2) 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 you can document

  • An upward pointing research profile focused on cardiovascular prevention with focus on primary care.
  • Communicative experience regarding public health issues aimed at society.
  • Experience of successful collaboration with other health professions and with society.

It is meritorious if you can document

  • Experience of clinical work in primary care or similar preventive activities in inpatient care.

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. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

Location: Flemingsberg

Department of Medicine, Huddinge


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.

For a clinical position as physician at SLSO, proof of specialist competence is required, which is attached to the application.

The level of clinical employment (Senior Consultant, Senior Registrar or Specialist Trained Physician) is determined by SLSO before a decision on employment is made.

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

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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 Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2027/2022
  • Petter Höglund, KI, petter.hoglund@ki.se
  • Johan Franck, SLSO, johan.franck@regionstockholm.se
Union representative
  • Belinda Pannagel, SACO, belinda.pannagel@ki.se
  • Mari Gilljam, OFR, mari.gilljam@ki.se
  • Sidinh Luc, SACO, sidinh.luc@ki.se
Published 13.Feb.2023
Last application date 27.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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