Karolinska Institutet, Dep. of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics

Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) works within some of the key areas important to fulfilling the motto of Karolinska Institutet ´to improve human health´. We focus on research, development and education in the following areas: medical and healthcare education, informatics, management, ethics, and suicide prevention. LIME has about 150 employees and is located in new premises in Solna Campus. ki.se/lime

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) is located at the Karolinska Institutet Solna Campus. NASP is a part of the department of LIME. Since 1993 NASP has been Stockholm County Council’s advisor on suicide research and prevention against mental ill health. Additionally, NASP is a WHO collaboration centre that works together with the European WHO offices in Copenhagen and Geneva on outlining suicide prevention strategies globally. Read more about NASP.

Your mission


This opening is for one or two research assistant positions working with the EU projects active at NASP and supporting the development of new international grant applications. Currently, active projects are “Promoting social interaction through emotional body odours” (POTION) and “The ‘Extended-Personal Reality’: augmented recording and transmission of virtual senses through artificial-IntelligENCE" (EXPERIENCE). Both projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. POTION proposes a novel technological paradigm to delve deeper into understanding meaningful social interaction, combining new knowledge about the chemical composition of human social chemosignals together with a novel olfactory-based technology designed to drive social behaviour. Our role is to analyze the data collected during the clinical trials, with the aim of evaluating the diagnostic and therapeutic use of human chemosignals in different groups of patients. EXPERIENCE’s aim is to create a new Extended-Personal Reality, allowing users to create their own virtual reality (VR) environments, embedded with virtual simulations that elicit unique psychological, cognitive, neurophysiological and behavioural responses. Our role is to explore and evaluate the possibility of using Extended Personal Reality as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for mental disorders.

Duties, responsibilities

The tasks of the research assistant include collaborating in the scientific work related to active EU projects and new grant applications. These include: preparing technical materials, documentation of actual activities, and participation in the technical project meetings. Moreover, responsibilities include writing reports on the progress of the projects to the research Consortium, maintaining good communication with partners, assisting in the project and financial management and additional administrative tasks. The research assistant will also be asked to collaborate on similar tasks in other projects currently ongoing at NASP (mainly related to suicide prevention), including collaborating with other members of the research team in conducing literature reviews, manuscript reviews as well as contributing methodological and scientific input to manuscript writing. Contribution to oral and written forms of scientific dissemination is also expected - e.g., at Consortium meetings and international conferences. The research assistant will be part of a dynamic international research team. Thus, being driven, self-motivated, taking the initiative, being able to think critically, having good communication and problem-solving skills and having excellent organizational skills are desirable.

Your profile


  • The candidate must have an MSc in Psychology or Public Health.
  • The applicant must be fluent in English and have excellent scientific writing skills in English.
  • The applicant should be familiar with using Microsoft 365 Office and communications applications.
  • Knowledge of the R statistical software is a must.

Merits that will be considered:

  • Previous experience in working with the project management and reporting activities for EU funded research projects will be considered an asset.
  • Competence in using multiple statistical software packages (e.g., spss, stata, jamovi) is considered an added value.
  • The degree of experience in scientific dissemination will be considered (contribution to publications, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Experience and competence in the field of suicide prevention will be highly valued.
  • Experience working on research projects related to the olfactory system or Virtual Reality will be considered valuable.
  • Familiarity with working in an interdisciplinary environment is of advantage.

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. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several good benefits through our collective agreement. And you get to practice freely in our modern wellness facilities, where trained staff are on site.

Location: Solna




Welcome to apply at the latest March 31st 2023.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system. In this recruitment, you will apply with your CV and a personal letter. You will answer some questions about why you are applying for the job in the application form. 

Permanent position is initiated by a six months trial period.

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 According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1228/2023
  • Senior lecturer, Vladimir Carli, vladimir.carli@ki.se
Union representative
  • Jayne Alfredsson, SACO, jayne.alfredsson@ki.se
  • Shahla Rostami, OFR, shahla.rostami@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 20.Mar.2023
Last application date 31.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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