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.

Aging Research Center (ARC), a division within NVS, is located at KI Campus Solna, Stockholm. 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 center has around 70 employees, it has a strong focus on research with unique research resources, such as large-scale longitudinal studies and nationwide registries.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Your mission

The Research Specialist will be responsible for driving studies in the field of geriatric and psychiatric epidemiology with a major focus on depression. The candidate is expected to contribute to research areas covering risk factors across the life course, geographical differences in depression, and consequences of depression. Duties include generating hypotheses, running statistical analyses of longitudinal data, collaborating with co-authors, and writing research articles as a lead and senior author. Teaching and supervision may also be part of the role.

The person appointed to this position will additionally play a central role in the National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR) team, responsible for activities promoting NEAR research results and increasing the infrastructure’s visibility to the national and international scientific community, as well as the general public. NEAR is a collaborative initiative between Karolinska Institutet and seven other Swedish universities. Together, we have developed a national infrastructure with the ultimate goal of facilitating aging research in Sweden, fostering international collaboration, and enhancing scientific quality and impact. NEAR comprises 15 databases originating from longitudinal cohort studies located across different geographical areas in Sweden.

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

  • A PhD in geriatric and psychiatric epidemiology.
  • Documented experience and deep knowledge of psychiatric epidemiology, especially depression in older adults.
  • Experience supervising students.
  • Experience teaching university-level courses.
  • Excellent language skills in English and Swedish. 

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Experience in presenting and moderating at national and international meetings and/or conferences.
  • Experience summarizing research and developing targeted communication materials.
  • Adapt research texts and information, both written and oral, for multiple audiences.
  • Experience in working with larger research infrastructures.

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.


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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 at the latest 28th of July 2024.

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse / according to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2392/2024
  • Debora Rizzuto, Senior forskare, debora.rizzuto@ki.se
  • Amanda Nyberg, HR-partner, amanda.nyberg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, taher.darreh-shori@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
Published 10.Jun.2024
Last application date 28.Jul.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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