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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 environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, 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. We are looking for a research specialist for a time limited employment of 5 months. 

Description of the subject area

One of the research directions at IMM and at the Unit of Nutritional and Cardiovascular Epidemiology is focused on advancing knowledge about etiology of a wide spectrum of chronic diseases (including cancer) and their prognosis with emphasis on diet and other modifiable lifestyle factors of great importance for primary and secondary prevention. The research is based on two large population-based longitudinal cohorts including 110,000 women and men, with information about their lifestyle available from questionnaires and about their health status from health registers, as well as with available biological samples. 

Your mission

The research specialist is expected to conduct studies in nutritional epidemiology with a focus on cancer. Duties include statistical analyses of the available longitudinal nutritional data with repeated assessments of diet and writing research articles. Hypotheses to be studied are formulated in an ongoing project financed by the Swedish Cancer Foundation.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.

Assessment criteria

  • It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

    • deep knowledge of human nutrition
    • experience with writing and publishing scientific papers
    • experience from studying chronic diseases
    • substantial experience from statistical analyses of large databases and prospectively collected data
    • experience from nutritional epidemiological studies based on longitudinal cohorts with repeated assessments of diet (documented via own publications)
    • experience of using SAS and Stata programs


    It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

    Preferably, the candidate for this position already has good knowledge of the Swedish Mammography Cohort (SMC) and the Cohort of Swedish Men (COSM) and has experience from previous use of these databases.

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 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.

Institute of environmental medicine, Solna 



We prefer that Your application is written in English, but You can also apply in Swedish. An application must contain the following documents: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet's qualifications portfolio.

Welcome to apply.

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1883/2024
  • Alicja Wolk,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO , 08-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-52487419,
  • Anda Gliga, Nanna Fyhrquist, Saco-S,,
Published 02.May.2024
Last application date 16.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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