Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental medicine

- with focus on research

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, and physiology, with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and population health.

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Description of the subject area

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in populations, and the announced position has a focus on the description and determinants of health and disease in the elderly population, as well as analyses of the demographic development and changes in the disease panorama in the older part of the population, in order to increase the understanding of how morbidity and care needs changes over time in relation to age, sex, and sociodemographic factors. With an increasingly aging population throughout large parts of the world it is important to conduct epidemiologic research that seeks to identify risk factors for disease and impairment as well as factors of importance for staying healthy among the elderly, and, through epidemiologic and demographic methods, increase the understanding of the influence of the population structure on health care and nursing in a societal perspective.

Your mission

The employment has a focus on research. We are looking for a Senior Lecturer with a strong commitment to develop the research within the subject area and combine methodologies from both epidemiology and demography, and in an innovative way utilize our unique resources in the form of national and Nordic population- and health data registers, quality registers, and detailed administrative data. Supervision of doctoral students and teaching at the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs is expected, e.g. at courses in epidemiology within the Master’s Programme in Public Health Sciences, including course leadership, and within the Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology, as well as within the interdisciplinary educational program at the doctoral education level led by IMM, where both epidemiology and demography are essential parts. As Senior Lecturer you are also expected to contribute to the academic leadership and be engaged in the development of the department.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer with focus on research, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated good pedagogical expertise and excellent scientific expertise (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The applicant must be an active and independent researcher in aging epidemiology, life expectancy, mortality, health and morbidity, with the ability to attract external funding.

The applicant must have experience of supervising doctoral students, and documented knowledge and experience of leading courses in epidemiological theory and methods.

In addition, the applicant is required to have documented experience of conducting epidemiologic research using large population-based datasets, and of applying demographic methods in their research.

Assessment criteria 

The Senior Lectureship has a focus on research. The assessment will weight qualifications as follows: scientific expertise (3), pedagogical expertise (2), and leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2).

For employment as Senior Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure 3.2.1 are applied in relation to established profile of employment.


It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has

  • Conducted, in recent years, research of high quality in epidemiology and demography of aging and demonstrated the potential to continue to conduct research of high quality in the subject area.
  • Published high-quality peer-reviewed research in epidemiology of aging with a prominent place in the list of authors, or otherwise demonstrate a leading role in the work.
  • Been the principal recipient of funding for research in epidemiology, granted in national or international competition, during the last five-year-period and have the potential to secure further funding.
  • Documented experience of leading a research group.
  • Demonstrated the ability to use epidemiological and demographic methods.

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. 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.

Location: Solna 

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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.

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 Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2855/2022
  • Maria Feychting, Professor, Epost:maria.feychting@ki.se
Union representative
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, Epost:niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, Epost:anne.bostrom@ki.se
  • Anda Gliga, Saco-S, Epost:anda.gliga@ki.se
Published 31.Oct.2022
Last application date 28.Nov.2022 11:59 PM CET

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