The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics conducts research in epidemiology and biostatistics across a broad range of areas within biomedical science. The department is among the largest of its type in Europe and has especially strong research profiles in psychiatric, cancer, reproductive, pediatric, pharmaco, genetic, and geriatric epidemiology, eating disorders, precision medicine, and biostatistics.

Part of the success of our department is due to our collaborative spirit where one factor is that researchers at the Department share and co-finance common resources (e.g., IT and an applied biostatistics group). The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

1-2 postdoctoral positions are available within the breast cancer research group that currently comprises 3 senior and 3 junior researchers as well as 6 PhD students. The research is performed in an interdisciplinary setting with strong collaboration with clinical departments and other national and international research groups.

Our research aims at acquiring a comprehensive picture of breast cancer risk and prognosis using epidemiological studies combined with molecular data and Swedish population-based registries. One of our objectives is to reduce the mortality of breast cancer by improving mammography screening programs. We will continue our previous work on breast cancer screening by exploring non-attendance, false positive and false negative outcomes of screening. Other projects we are working on are studies on blood-bound molecular markers of breast cancer using multi-omics approaches, genomics of aggressive breast cancer and the mammographic density and texture associated with breast cancer subtype.

Within the framework of KARMA,, one of the world’s best-characterized cohorts, several large studies are available with collected biological samples, questionnaires and complete information about clinical characteristics and disease progression.

See Professor Kamila Czene’s group page for more information together with selected publications, He et al., 2020, Journal of Clinical Oncology; Grassman et al., 2019, Nature Communications; Holm, 2015, Journal of Clinical Oncology; He et al., 2015, Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Your mission

As postdoctor at MEB you will work in an internationally established and strong research environment. Your main role will be to perform a broad range of analyses of molecular and clinical data on large cohorts. You will have the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary as well as an international setting.

At our department, you will have vast opportunities to engage and participate in various research forums, outside as well as inside the department. MEB is an inclusive workplace, encouraging collaborative departmental and interdisciplinary research, and we have an infrastructure to support our approach.

This is a position of 2 years with possibility of extension.

Your profile

You have a PhD degree in medical science, preferentially in genetic and/or molecular epidemiology. Previous experience in genome wide association studies and bioinformatics analysis of genetic/molecular data is an advantage, interest in breast cancer research is a prerequisite, and fluency in English (both
spoken and written) is required.

Personal qualities consider desirable:

  • Ability to collaborate both within and beyond the group.
  • Good team player with interpersonal skills and a considerate manner.
  • Structured and flexible.
  • Interest in international consortium work.

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. 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.

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.



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

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to apply!

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

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

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2125/2023
  • Kamila Czene,
  • Sara Tiste, HR-partner,
Union representative
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 24.May.2023
Last application date 21.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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