Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of epidemiology, environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

The research group

The epidemiological research at IMM is focused on advancing knowledge about disease etiology and prognosis with an emphasis on environmental and lifestyle factors, and on methodological development and stringency. The unit of Environmental Epidemiology has a strong track record of successful national and international large-scale studies in environmental epidemiology investigating health effects of ambient air pollution, community noise and green structure as well as other environmental exposures. In a multidisciplinary environment we collaborate with leading research groups worldwide using advanced study designs to provide robust research data and inform public health policy. In working with us you will benefit from a rich research network, high-quality cohorts with extensive environmental and health data, including high-throughput molecular biomarker assessments, and the pleasure of working in a group with strong epidemiological and biostatistical skills. Further, we frequently participate in environmental health risk assessments for national as well as international organizations and authorities. These assessments are often based on research conducted within the unit.

Your mission

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in a project aiming to investigate how air pollution, transportation noise and neighborhood greenness contribute to the development of a wide range of early markers of cardiometabolic health (e.g. blood pressure, saliva cortisol, markers of systemic inflammation, blood lipids, overweight, etc), applying advanced quantitative epidemiological methods. The project is based on an ongoing birth cohort (BAMSE) where 4089 participants have been followed from birth up to age 24 years (

The postdoctoral researcher will take part in planning and conducting research studies, including data management, statistical analyses and manuscript preparation in collaboration with other researchers. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher is also expected to undertake a limited amount of teaching, supervise students, and participate in grant application writing, dissemination of research findings and health risk assessments.

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.

Eligibility for this position includes a PhD degree within medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field. The successful applicant has:

  • Solid knowledge of epidemiological methods and experience of epidemiological research, particularly within the field of environmental factors and health.
  • Experience with statistical analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal health outcome data.
  • High level of proficiency in handling large datasets.
  • Excellent data management skills and a solid knowledge of statistical software (preferably STATA or R).
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Experience in organizing and carrying out research projects.
  • An ability to collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the group.
  • Is organized, responsible, efficient, and flexible in dealing with unpredictability and changes.

Merits include Swedish proficiency, as well as documented knowledge of molecular biology.

We place great emphasis on personal qualities, and the applicant will need to both feel comfortable with working in teams and demonstrate good interpersonal skills and also be independent enough to formulate new hypotheses and critically examine the results.

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.

Terms and conditions

The position is a 2-year fixed-term position with the possibility of extension.


Unit of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Solna



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.

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 According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2292/2023
  • Olena Gruzieva, MD, Docent,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO , 08-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-52487419,
  • Anda Gliga Saco-S,
Published 31.May.2023
Last application date 20.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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