Karolinska Institutet,

- with focus on research


Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

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 520 employees and a revenue 2021 of 483 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna. Aging Research Center (ARC) (https://ki-su-arc.se), a division within NVS, is located at KI Campus Solna, Stockholm.

ARC is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, psychiatry, geriatrics), psychology (e.g., cognition, structural, functional, and molecular brain imaging), and social gerontology (e.g., sociology, public health, social epidemiology, social work). The center has around 70 employees, it has a strong focus on research with unique research resources, such as large-scale longitudinal studies and a national infrastructure for aging research (NEAR).


Description of the subject area

Epidemiology of aging investigates the aging process, the longevity patterns, and the geriatric syndromes such as dementia, multimorbidity, frailty, and functional disability. As populations have been aging rapidly, both in Sweden and globally, these conditions are posing huge public health challenges to almost all societies. Strategic research areas in geriatric epidemiology include 1) the development and distribution of chronic diseases among older adults and their variations over time, by geographical areas and socio-economic groups; 2) the identification of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies to reduce adverse functional outcomes (e.g., physical disability and dementia) in older adults; 3) the detection of clinically relevant associations between different organ-specific diseases such as cardiovascular diseases with mental disorders and dementia; and 4) optimisation of treatment and care of older persons.


Your mission

The employment as professor focuses primarily on research in the subject area of geriatric epidemiology. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to academic leadership by leading and coordinating ongoing research in the field of geriatric epidemiology at ARC/NVS, with a special focus on chronic diseases, cardiovascular health, brain aging, or neurodegenerative diseases. One of the major tasks will be to develop new projects and acquire external grants within this research frame. The successful applicant should also be actively involved in the development of national and international networks in the field of geriatric epidemiology and dementia.

The employment also includes an active engagement in education, including teaching in courses of geriatric epidemiology and aging research for master’s and doctoral programs and supervising doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.

The professor is also expected to contribute substantially to the field by leading a strong research group and expand the international profile of ARC


Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an employment as Professor with focus on research 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 have extensive  experience in management and leadership, and documented collaborative skills.

The applicant must be a successful and active researcher in aging research and geriatric epidemiology.

The applicant must also have knowledge and experience of supervising postgraduate students in an interdisciplinary environment and have experience of teaching in the subject area.


Assessment criteria

The Professorship 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 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 the applicant has shown

  •  Documented experience in analysing large longitudinal databases. 


It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Documented ability in leading and coordinating national and international networks which develop and promote the research field aging and health
  • Experience in leading large-scale longitudinal and intervention studies within the field of geriatric epidemiology or aging research.

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 Karolinska Institutet.


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. Here, 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. 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:  Karolinska Institutet—Campus Solna

Aging Research Center

Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society  




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.


Welcome to apply!


Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

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 Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4542/2022
  • Maria Ankarcrona, Head of Department, prefekt@nvs.ki.se
  • Mona Hellstadius, Head of HR, mona.hellstadius@ki.se
  • Erika Jonsson Laukka, Head of Division, erika.jonsson.laukka@ki.se
Union representative
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, taher.darreh-shori@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
Published 23.Feb.2023
Last application date 07.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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