Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

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 540 employees and a revenue 2023 of 530 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

Aging Research Center (ARC), a division within NVS, is located at KI Campus Solna, Stockholm. It 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 nationwide registries.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The present position is based on a project aiming to increase our knowledge concerning the dietary determinants of geriatric syndromes. Geriatric syndromes (e.g. multimorbidity, frailty, malnutrition, pain,) are one of the major contributors to ill health among older adults. Contrary to what is the case for most pharmacological interventions, key health-related behaviours, such as maintaining adequate nutrition, could potentially exert powerful influences on these conditions and reduce the risk of death. Nevertheless, the dietary determinants of geriatric syndromes have seldom been researched in depth, which precludes the design of interventions to palliate the expected increase in age-associated health and social needs in the coming decades. Taking advantage of the well-characterized population-based Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), we aim to fill some of these knowledge gaps putting geriatric syndromes and the biological mechanisms of aging at the centre, and studying them through the lens of dietary patterns, foods and nutrients.

Your mission

A major task for the candidate will be to contribute conceptually as well as methodologically, to the research activities planned within this project, under the supervision of Dr Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga. In addition, there are possibilities to initiate individual research projects, based on the candidate´s interests. Production of reports and publications for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and other forms of dissemination will be central activities. The candidate will also be engaged in writing applications for funding. Finally, teaching at first- and second-cycle level at Karolinska Institutet will also be among the candidate’s tasks.

This is a temporary full-time position of two years.

For more information, see: https://ki-su-arc.se/project/trajectories-of-care-needs-and-care-transitions-after-age-60-the-interplay-between-individuals-frailty-their-environment-and-personal-perspectives/

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.

We are looking for a candidate that has the required background and the capability to work in a multidisciplinary team, to be independent and able to take initiatives as well as to find solutions proactively. The applicants must also possess good organizational skills, attention to detail, and communication abilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • A PhD in Epidemiology or Public Health.
  • A master's degree in quantitative methods for epidemiological research.
  • A bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Work experience in data analysis and interpretation, preferably in the fields of nutritional and geriatric epidemiology.
  • Good command of statistical software (e.g., Stata, R).
  • Experience in working with cross-country population-based aging cohorts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with researchers having quantitative and clinical backgrounds.
  • Interest in professional development in the field of epidemiology.
  • Proactive attitude

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.


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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 2023-03-02.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse/According to agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-691/2023
  • Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, senior forskare, amaia.calderon.larranaga@ki.se
  • Amanda Nyberg, HR-partner, amanda.nyberg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, taher.darreh-shori@ki.se
Published 15.Feb.2023
Last application date 02.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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