Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine

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.

The research at the Unit of Epidemiology is focused on advancing knowledge about disease etiology and prognosis with an emphasis on environmental and lifestyle factors, and on methodological development and stringency. The research is based on large register based cohorts, as well as cohorts and case-control studies with extensive information from questionnaires and biological samples. The division is divided into three research groups of which “The Ageing Population” led by Associate Professor Karin Modig is one. The research focus is the health of the ageing population: What is driving the increase in life expectancy, how the health among the old has developed in line with the longer lives, and what can be expected in the future. More information can be found here.  

The postdoc is expected to conduct epidemiologic research within ageing epidemiology and in the intersection of epidemiology and demography. During the first two years of the postdoc period, the candidate will be performing research within two specific projects, the first concerning use of home care related to several health outcomes as well as the influence of family support. The second project concerns hip fractures among the old. There is, however, some room for the candidate to influence the project and to adjust according to his/her own profile. The postdoc is furthermore expected to take part in supervision of master- and PhD students, and in teaching epidemiological theory and methods both at the Master level and in the Doctoral program in Epidemiology. The postdoc position is a fixed-term position of 2 years, with a possibility of prolongation of another 2 years.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible for a postdoc position if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. We will also consider applicants who are close to defend their thesis.

Bases of assessment
We look for a motivated person who wishes to be part of a small but productive research group. We stress scientific expertise and pedagogic experience when assessing applicants. We see that the candidate has the following qualifications:

• A PhD in medical science in the area of public health or epidemiology
• Experience with writing and publishing scientific papers
• Experience in ageing epidemiology
• Experience in handling large databases, including health data registers and population registers
• Strong writing skills
• Statistical competence and experience of analyzing epidemiological data
• Excellent English language skills, written and oral

Other meritorious competences are experience in research about hip fractures or falls among elderly, experience in register based epidemiologic research, experience in the area of demography, experience in conducting trend studies, experience with the statistical software SAS, Stata and/or R, good language skills in Swedish.
The applicant will need to feel comfortable with working in teams and demonstrate good interpersonal skills but also be independent enough to formulate new hypotheses.

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)
4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances
5. Verification from the thesis defence committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defence is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

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 Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-4122/2019
  • Karin Modig, +46 8 52480153
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, anne.bostrom@ki.se
Published 13.Aug.2019
Last application date 03.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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