Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Would you like to contribute to improve health for women and their infants? If so, join our research group in reproductive epidemiology which consists of researchers, postdocs and PhD-students conducting studies related to pregnancy, delivery and the neonatal period using national population-based health and quality registers. We are an expanding and exciting group with clinical researchers who will provide you with a welcoming workplace with inspiring epidemiological assignments for improvement of maternal and infant health.

Your mission

Reproductive epidemiology focus on factors during pregnancy and delivery influencing maternal and offspring health, both shortly after delivery and long-terms risks. The proposed work will include collaboration between epidemiologists, statisticians, and clinicians working

within this field at the Clinical Epidemiology Division, but also international collaboration with Canada. Data sources include primarily cohorts from national registers but also data from Stockholm and Gotland counties. The work will include studies of environmental factors and maternal and offspring health after delivery and later in life.

More specifically, some of the projects involve:

  1. Impact of maternal chronic illness on offspring, short and long-term
  2. Preventable and prognostic factors for the preterm infant
  3. The severely depressed newborn infant: short and long-term consequences
  4. The tendency to repeat outcomes in successive pregnancies
  5. Effect of gestational weight gain on maternal and offspring health, short and long-term
  6. Bariatric surgery before pregnancy and maternal and offspring health, short and long-term

The postdoctoral fellow will work with an international research team in an international collaboration to design and conduct research relevant to the research group’s agenda while receiving advanced training to enhance professional skills and research independence. The postdoc’s time will be devoted to data and database management, analysis, manuscript  preparation and career development. The candidate will be asked to collaborate with others, including graduate students, and provide her/his expertise in other projects. There are no teaching requirements but opportunities to teach can be facilitated

Your profile

The successful candidate has a strong interest and background in epidemiology or biostatistics. The candidate we are looking for is highly collaborative and generous with sharing her/his knowledge. She/he is an independent programmer, with a strong interest in biostatistics. Key skills include epidemiologic study design, longitudinal and survival modeling, and manuscript writing.

Skills: The applicant should have

  • Extensive knowledge in biostatistics and statistical programming to perform advanced data management and statistical analysis using SAS, STATA, R or equivalent software (essential).
  • Several years of work experience with applied biostatistics in epidemiology or similar areas in the medical field (essential).
  • Experience of working with large databases, such as the Nordic national health or quality of care registers (essential).
  • Ability to initiate, conduct, and publish successful research projects, evidenced by a track record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the medical area (essential).
  • Knowledge of reproductive, maternal and perinatal health (desirable).
  • Strong presentation skills (desirable).

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.

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 a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical 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. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of reproductive epidemiology which is a young and rapidly growing group at the Clinical Epidemiology Division and includes 30 professionals, including researchers, postdocs and PhD-students. Our research focuses on risk factors and interventions during pregnancy, childbirth and the neonatal period as well as outcomes for mother and infant. We have a strong collaboration with clinical departments, including paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and other national and international research groups as well as other organizations like the World Health Organisation (WHO). The group has extensive experience in research in perinatal outcomes using advanced methods in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. Please see the research group’s homepage at Karolinska Institutet for more information on our research (


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)

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 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2218/2022
  • Neda,
  • Kari Johansson,
Union representative
  • Bruna Gigante, SACO,
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 18.May.2022
Last application date 18.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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