Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Are you looking for a place to develop as a data-driven epidemiologist, deepen your knowledge, and expand your skills? We can offer you a vibrant learning environment, ample opportunity to collaborate with experienced researchers, and freedom to develop your own ideas. At the Clinical Epidemiology Division, one of our research groups focuses on clinical and etiological questions regarding rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic inflammatory diseases. We are now recruiting a postdoc to our team to work with register-based and other studies aiming to improve means for early prediction and diagnosis of RA and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Your mission

The candidate’s work will form part of an international collaboration with a focus on the use of primary care register data for the above-mentioned purpose. The candidate will apply state-of-the-art methods within epidemiology and biostatistics, including data-driven confounding adjustment and prediction modelling using machine learning, to enhance our understanding of the clinical course of RA, its diagnosis and outcomes.

Your profile

The successful candidate has a solid background in epidemiology through a PhD in this area within the last three years, and has previously worked with large scale healthcare data from electronic medical records or registries. Experience of working with primary care data is considered a strong merit, so is experience of working with a clinical quality register. You further have a strong interest, and formal training, in statistical and epidemiological methods. You have strong programming skills in SAS or R, other programming languages are considered a merit. Research experience of chronic diseases in general and inflammatory or rheumatological diseases in particular, is also considered a merit. 

As the project is within one of our international collaborations, the successful candidate enjoys working in an interdisciplinary, international team and has excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written. For the same reason, great emphasis is put on personal suitability.

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.

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.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group Chronic inflammatory Diseases at the Clinical Epidemiology Division. Our research group contains well over 30 people (PhD students, postdocs, senior researchers, clinician researchers, and statisticians) with various backgrounds, with a common research interest, namely to study inflammatory diseases through register and clinical data.

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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)

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

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Salary månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2708/2023
  • Helga Westerlind, +46852483354
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 29.Jun.2023
Last application date 10.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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