Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

We are seeking an ambitious and skilled postdoctoral researcher to join the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology (CPE) at the Department of Medicine Solna, KI. CPE was established in 2005 and has become a dynamic research environment at the intersection of academia, healthcare, regulatory authorities, and the pharmaceutical industry. CPE is one of the largest academic pharmacoepidemiology centres in Europe, with active Nordic, European, and international collaborations. We are about 15 employees and a number of affiliated researchers, including epidemiologist, clinicians, statisticians, project coordinators, and doctoral students. For more information about CPE, see

The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to research studies within the fields of reproductive/perinatal pharmacoepidemiology conducted in population-based register-data. CPE has decades of experience in this research area and is involved in several national, Nordic, and international studies focusing on medication use during pregnancy and the benefits and consequences for mother and child.

Your mission

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be a part of a team performing both academic-driven and regulator-mandated pharmacoepidemiologic studies on drug utilization and safety in reproductive aged women and during pregnancy using national health registers from Sweden.

You are expected to take a leading role in the entire research process, from research planning and project administration, ethical application, data processing and analysis, to interpretation and dissemination of research findings under the supervision of assistant professor Carolyn Cesta and in collaboration with members of the research group. Further, you will contribute to studies conducted in collaboration with researchers from other Nordic and international research groups. You are also expected to participate in the supervision of doctoral or master students, as well as activities related to research at CPE and in the Clinical Epidemiology Division (KEP). There is also an opportunity to develop and pursue your own research ideas within the field.

Your profile

To be eligible for employment as a postdoc, 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 place great importance on personal suitability and are looking for a highly motivated employee who appreciates working in a team while at the same time has a high degree of independence.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience

· A PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics or related field

· Advanced epidemiological knowledge

· Proven hands-on experience in analyses of large population-based datasets or similar

· Proven experience in conducting and publishing high-quality studies in peer-reviewed journals

· Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a multidisciplinary team

· Excellent organization skills and attention to detail

· Advanced skills in at least one statistical software (R, SAS or Stata)

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· Fluent in written and spoken English


Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience

· Research experience in epidemiological studies on reproductive/perinatal health, psychiatric or metabolic disorders, or other chronic diseases

· Research experiences with drug utilization, safety, or effectiveness

· Experience with advanced pharmacoepidemiologic methods and analysis

· Interest in development in the fields of reproductive/perinatal epidemiology/pharmacoepidemiology

· Knowledge of Swedish or another Scandinavian language

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 eleven divisions and each division consists of several research groups and centres. The position is located within the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology.


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)

Applications will be evaluated as they are received until the position is filled.

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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-627/2024
  • Carolyn Cesta,
Union representative
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Farzad Hedayaty, SACO-s, +46852483367
Published 27.Feb.2024
Last application date 26.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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