Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

We are currently looking for up to two postdoctoral researchers who will be working on several research projects in a research group lead by Professor Mats J. Olsson in close collaboration with Research specialist Arnaud Tognetti with a focus on the behavioral defense against disease. Behavior is arguably a cost-effective and first-line defense against disease. Using primarily experimental design (IRL and web-based), we investigate the physiological (including fMRI and immune response markers), perceptual, motivational and emotional processes that promote adaptive behavior in relation to sick kin and strangers.

Your mission

The position entails participation in, planning, and conducting research studies that aim to identify these processes and to understand their role in health and in disease. The position provides an excellent opportunity for transition to career independence and an engaging and international research environment where you will be able to contribute to internationally leading research.

The post-doctoral associate will be based at the Division of Psychology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. The postdoctoral researcher will mainly work with data collection, statistical analysis, manuscript writing, and grant applications. The appointment is for one-year that is potentially renewable. The successful candidate will be a part of a productive and dynamic research environment and work closely with the study team to:

  • Design and conduct IRL experiments but also web-based studies.
  • Develop analysis plans to test study hypotheses and conduct statistical analyses.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication (The post-doctoral associate will have the opportunity to be the first author on several papers and a co-author on others).
  • Outline an independent research development plan and attain experiences in education and supervision.

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.

Applicants must have a PhD in psychology, cognitive science/ neuroscience, human behavioral ecology, biomedicine, or an allied discipline. The successful candidate must have experience data management and analysis using, e.g., R. Excellent English skills in speaking and writing is a requirement and Swedish skills are meritorious. For one of the positions, it could also be meritorious with working knowledge in French since we plan extensive collaboration with France. The work involves close collaboration with others and therefore demands collaborative skills.

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.


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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 September 4th 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
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2734/2022
  • Mats J Olsson, Professor,
  • Arnaud Tognetti, Research Specialist,
  • Lisa Rister, HR-partner,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08-51773337
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-52484080
Published 21.Jun.2022
Last application date 04.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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