Karolinska Institutet, MEB

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at ki.se/meb

A 6-month postdoctoral research position (with possibility for extension) is available within the epidemiology group at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) at Karolinska Institutet (https://ki.se/meb), Stockholm.

The research project aims to advance our understanding of health impact and genetic basis of severe stress reactions following exposure to trauma. Lead by Prof Valdimarsdóttir, the international research group “The Population Stress Lab” includes 3 associate professors, 4 postdocs and 6 PhD students along with research nurses, biostatisticians and administrators. This multidisciplinary research group is partly based at MEB, KI, and partly at the Center of Public Health Sciences, University of Iceland with strong national and international collaborations with other groups with overlapping research program in Sweden, Europe, as well as in the US. The work of this group has led to many scientific publications in high impact factor journals, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, and Lancet Oncology.

The aim of the research project is

  • To conduct cohort studies to explore health outcomes after getting the clinical diagnosis of a stress-related disorder, using the nationwide registries of Sweden.
  • To explore the health consequences after exposure to some specific types of trauma based on two established cohorts that involved highly traumatized population from Sweden and Iceland.
  • To address the role of genetic components on these observed associations utilizing individual genotyping that have been collected from a large proportion of Icelanders, through collaboration with deCODE Genetic (Iceland).

To facilitate the access of some local data, the successful applicant’s time will be divided between MEB, KI, Sweden and Center of Public Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Iceland.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in epidemiology or biostatistics with additional training and experience in molecular epidemiology.
  • Applicants should have advanced skills in programming (e.g., R, SAS).
  • An in-depth knowledge and experience in register-based studies, and studies focusing on traumatic life event or stress-related psychiatric disorders would be ideal.
  • Applicants should have at least basic prior experience in analysis of multiple types of modern genomic and functional genomic datasets. These might include: GWAS, exome sequencing, whole genome sequencing.

 Application process
An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-3398/2019
  • Unnur Valdimarsdottir, unnurav@hi.is
  • Sara Tiste, sara.tiste@ki.se
Union representative
  • Ulrika Zagai, SACO, ulrika.zagai@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Ann Almqvist, OFR, ann.almqvist@ki.se
Published 12.Jun.2019
Last application date 26.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CET

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