Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

At the Division of Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, we conduct research about different aspects of sickness absence, morbidity, work, and life situation. You will have the opportunity to work near top researchers within the sickness absence field and contribute to high quality research at international level. The complex research questions demand an interdisciplinary approach, and people with many different backgrounds work in the project. We also have comprehensive collaborations within Sweden as well as internationally.

Your mission

We are looking for a postdoc who will work in different projects about sickness absence, both among women and men in specific occupations, primarily health and social care and the trade and retail industry, and among people in paid work after age 65, where gender differences are an important aspect of our research. To what extent are they sickness absent, in what diagnoses, etc? How are sociodemographic and work-related factors associated with their sickness absence? What are the associations between their morbidity and their sickness absence? How has this changed over time?

The position involves participating in, planning, and conducting studies based on register data. Your duties will primarily involve analysing data, some data management, and writing manuscripts and grant applications.

Your profile

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. 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.

Documented experience of epidemiological studies is required for the position. Experience of working with large databases of register and/or survey data as well as analyses in, e.g., SAS, STATA, SPSS, or R, are meriting for the position. Experience of working with nationwide Swedish registers and research within the insurance medicine area are particularly meriting. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is essential, and knowledge of Swedish is meriting. The applicant should show a high degree of conscientiousness, initiative, and independence. The work will be conducted in collaboration with the PI and other project members, and places high demands on flexibility and good collaborative abilities.

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 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.


Read more about the Department of Clinical Neuroscience here 
Read more about the research group you will be part of here


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 March 22nd 2023.

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 2-557/2023
  • Kristin Farrants, Assistant Professor,
  • Lisa Rister, HR partner, 08-52483287,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 0704831165
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-52484080
Published 08.Feb.2023
Last application date 22.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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