Karolinska Institutet, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health

- with focus on research

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

Would you like to work with and further develop clinical neuropediatrics at Karolinska Institutet and the Astrid Lindgren Children´s Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital? Do you want to contribute to developing the clinical doctoral education and clinical research and treatments for children with neurological disorders? Welcome to a leading research environment in neuoropediatrics at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health

Description of the subject area

Research at the Division of Neuropediatrics, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, covers a wide range of topics and methods, ranging from preclinical cell and animal models, clinical patient-oriented research, care science research to registry studies. The Division has established collaborations and strong networks with various research areas at Karolinska Institutet. This provides excellent opportunities to develop innovative collaborations to develop treatments and care for children with neuropediatric disorders. The research groups hold strong positions both nationally and internationally.

Neuropediatrics is an important clinical subspeciality within pediatrics, encompassing many neurological diseases in a large group of children in need of care. In recent years, there has been great developments in, for example, precision medicine in the treatment of epilepsy, diagnostics of new immunological diseases, and development of gene therapy within musculoskeletal diseases.

Your mission

The work description includes leading clinical research in neoropediatrics across diagnoses, including novel diagnostics and treatments, with the goal to develop and strengthen these clinical research areas in Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital. You are expected to contribute to the development of the clinical research infrastructure on national and international levels within these areas, for example through establishing networks and making methodology available. The position is focused on research.

The work description also includes clinical duties at the Astrid Lindgren Children´s Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospital, as the position is intended to be divided 51 percent at Karolinska Institutet and 49 percent at the Astrid Lindgren Children´s Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospital.

As the position combines employment as physician at the Karolinska University Hospital the appointee of this Professor position will be able to further develop interactions between KI and neuropediatrics, at the Astrid Lindgren Children´s Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital, with other subspecialties in the hospital as well as researchers in other divisions at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. As Professor, you are expected to strengthen highly specialized pediatric care overall and boost clinical research, as well as enable research to further strengthen neuropediatric education. Precision medicine is in the phase of being implemented in clinical practice and the appointee is expected to facilitate this.

The appointee is expected to be involved in teaching tasks including medical students, and by organizing courses for residents of pediatrics, and courses for doctoral students.

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 as well as good clinical expertise (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The appointee is expected to conduct pediatric neurology research on an internationally leading level as judged by the number and quality of publications in international peer-reviewed journals. The appointee must have research grants as main applicant sought in national or international competition during the past 5 years and must have served as main supervisor for doctoral students.

The employment will be combined with an employment as a specialist physician, assistant chief physician or chief physician in neuropediatrics at Astrid Lindgren Pediatric Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospital and therefore the candidate must have a Swedish MD with specialist competence in pediatrics, and in neuropediatrics, as well as fulfill the National Board of Health and Welfare's requirements for practicing medicine in Sweden.

Since the position includes clinical work, the successful applicant must, besides English, demonstrate proficiency in Swedish, Norwegian or Danish (C1 level according to the common European reference scale (CERS).

Assessment criteria

The Professorship has a focus on research. The assessment will weigh qualifications as follows: scientific skills (3), pedagogical skills (2), leadership, development and collaboration skills (2), and clinical skills (2).

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

The appointee is expected to develop leadership and strengthen the overall research area, ranging from experimental to clinical research. Personal qualities, including the ability to collaborate and network, are highly meritorious.

It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • ability to collaborate
  • established clinical research networks
  • broad clinical expertise
  • experience from both leadership and cooperation
  • experience from teaching, for example leading and developing courses

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • internationally leading clinical neuropediatric 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 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. Here, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical 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: Solna 

Department of Women's and Children's Health | Karolinska Institutet (ki.se)



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.

For the clinical employement at Karolinska University Hospital:

To obtain an employment as at least specialist physician (chief physician, assistant chief physician, specialist physician) at Karolinska University Hospital, assessment of the applicant’s clinical qualifications by the hospital’s Expert Committee is mandatory.

Hence, the documents listed below are required for determining the correct service level.

* including specialist certificate(s) from other countries

** when applicable

Link to criteria for specialist doctor at Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset (in Swedish).

We look forward to receiving your application!

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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 2-2208/2023
  • Klas Blomgren, vice prefekt , klas.blomgren@ki.se
  • Anna Ekesbo Freisinger, verksamhetschef, anna.ekesbo-freisinger@regionstockholm.se
Union representative
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO, john.inge.johnsen@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Tony Frisk, Läkarförbundet, Tony.frisk@regionstockholm.se
Published 15.Jan.2024
Last application date 20.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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