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The Strategic Research Programme for Diabetes (SRP Diabetes) at Karolinska Institutet is funding a prestigious fellowship programme for postdoctoral research fellows. The Programme is focused on research in diabetes and its comorbidities. With this postdoctoral programme SRP Diabetes aims to support the next generation of exceptional young scientists within the diabetes area, including both experimental and clinical research. To promote cross-fertilization between research environments, we encourage scientists wishing to pursue postdoctoral training in a different university from where they carried out doctoral studies. Full details on the project and contact information to the PI can be found at: SRP diabetes postdoctoral fellowships

Based at Karolinska Institutet, fellows will undertake a cutting-edge research project, mentored by world-leading researchers in the field of diabetes. To increase coherence around the Fellowship programme, several events will be held throughout the year such as high-profile lectures, symposia, etc. which the fellows will attend.
The fellowships are fully funded, and salary is provided for a 2-year period. It is our intention that the positions will start in the autumn of 2022, though some flexibility with the start date might be possible.

Research Project (4)

The impact of socioeconomic factors on antidiabetic medications use and discontinuation and type 2 diabetes consequences such as cardiovascular problems, kidney failure and retinopathy.

The postdoctoral project will focus on pharmacoepidemiological research and causal inference methods using data from national health, population and quality registers. The aim is to investigate the impact of socioeconomic factors on antidiabetic medications (ADM) use, discontinuation and type 2 diabetes (T2D) consequences such as cardiovascular diseases, kidney failure and retinopathy. The overarching purpose of the project is to identify differences in patterns of ADM use across socioeconomic groups, which will ultimately provide evidence for the development of targeted interventions for treatment management and guidelines increasing awareness about high-risk groups among the vulnerable population of T2D patients. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by the principal investigator Dr. Laura Pazzagli, supported by all members of the research team (including international collaborators) and other members of staff at the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology (CPE) where the project will be conducted. 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.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. 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. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

Key responsibilities of the selected applicant:

  • The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the research team contributing to all phases of the project.
  • In particular, the fellow is expected to contribute to data order applications, protocol developments, data analyses, results interpretation, manuscripts preparation, and results dissemination.
  • The fellow is encouraged to contribute original ideas for new research projects and coordinate multiple aspects of the work with the aim to deliver novel research in accordance with established timelines set together with the Principal Investigator.
  • Finally, the fellow is also expected to formally present research results and represent the research group at internal, national and international conferences and meetings, as well as informally present to the research group at established meetings

Selection Criteria


  • A PhD in pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health or related subject.
  • Good knowledge of causal inference theory and methods.
  • Strong skills in performing data analyses using statistical software, such as R, SAS, or STATA.
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities.
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects.
  • Ability to work with meticulous attention to detail.
  • An enthusiastic interest in diabetes research and socioeconomic determinants of health.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and leadership, with the ability to communicate research ideas and to interact with colleagues and the broader research community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic working approach.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and problem-solving skills

Each Fellowship and research Project is for up to two years. We will prioritize applicants who have the opportunity to complete the project and be employed for two years. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than three years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position as postdoc.

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.

For further information about working at Karolinska Institutet, rules for visa/residence permit, insurance and accommodation please see:International staff 

How to apply

If you consider that you meet the selection criteria, click on the Login and apply button on this page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will then be required to provide information in a number of screens with your application details, relating to your skills and experience. When prompted, please provide details of three references. You will also be required to upload a CV and a Personal Letter which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post. The Personal Letter (maximum two pages) should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities as illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances. Your application will be judged in part on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.
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The closing date for applications is midnight CEST on October 15, 2022

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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 2-3302/2022
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Published 23.Aug.2022
Last application date 15.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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