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.

This postdoctoral position is a collaborative project between the NVS divisions Aging Research Center (ARC) and Neurogeriatrics. The successful candidate will be employed by ARC.

ARC is located at KI Campus Solna. 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 division has around 70 employees, it has a strong focus on research with unique research resources, such as large-scale longitudinal studies and nationwide registries.

The Division of Neurogeriatrics conducts experimental and translational research related primarily to Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, but also more general molecular mechanisms with biomedical relevance are studied.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The present position is based on a project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR), which overall goal is to identify quantify the association between novel and known blood-based biomarkers of aging – including neurodegeneration biomarkers – and functional decline in older adults.”. This project aims at increasing our knowledge concerning the biological mechanisms triggering complex clinical profiles in older adults, including frailty, sarcopenia, cognition and disability and possibly identifying novel targets of intervention to increase the healthspan of seniors. Taking advantage of the well-characterized Swedish population-based Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) we will analyze data of over 2000 individuals 60+ with more than 20 years of observation.

Your mission

An important task for the selected candidate will be to contribute conceptually and methodologically to the research within this VR-funded project under the supervision of associate professor Davide L Vetrano (main supervisor) and professor Bengt Winblad. In addition, the person will have the opportunity to initiate their own projects. Production of reports and publications for peer-reviewed journals as well as other ways of disseminating knowledge become central tasks.

This is a temporary, full-time position for two years.

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 Movement Science or similar.
  • Good/advanced clinical knowledge.
  • Work experience in data analysis and interpretation, preferably in the aging research field.
  • Clinical and research experience in the field of sarcopenia, frailty, functional and cognitive decline.
  • Proved research experience and knowledge in the field of biomarkers of aging.
  • Good command of statistical software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R).
  • Experience in working with different types of epidemiological data (i.e., population-based, clinical datasets)
  • 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 field.
  • 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.

Solna, ARC

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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 15th of September 2023.

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


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3315/2023
  • Davide Liborio Vetrano, docent, davide.vetrano@ki.se
  • Bengt Winblad, professor, bengt.winblad@ki.se
  • Amanda Nyberg, HR-partner, amanda.nyberg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, taher.darreh-shori@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
Published 31.Aug.2023
Last application date 15.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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