Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Aging Research Center, ARC

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 450 employees and a revenue 2018 of 490 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Aging Research Center is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing psychology, sociology, and various branches of medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, and psychiatry). In the psychology sector of the center, we chart the brain correlates of cognitive aging and seek to understand how genetic factors and experience shape development of brain and cognition in adulthood and older age. We approach these research questions with small-scale experimental neuroimaging studies, larger-scale intervention (e.g., training) studies, and large-scale population-based longitudinal studies. Typical methods include psychometric measurements, experimental methods from cognitive psychology, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET).

A 2-year postdoc position is available in the research group on behavioral and brain plasticity led by Professor Martin Lövdén. The postdoc is expected to take a leading role in planning, analyzing, and reporting studies using register data and historical reforms of the Swedish educational system to estimate the effects of education on health outcomes in later life. Developing own research questions and research emphasis within this context is encouraged.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible for a position as postdoctoral research fellow if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc.
We are searching for an outstanding early-career researcher with an interest in life-course epidemiology, specifically the effects of education on late life health outcomes. The applicant must have a doctoral degree. A background in health economics, medical epidemiology, public health, statistics, or related fields is a merit. Documented experience of working with Swedish register data (e.g., cause of death, national inpatient register) and in particular knowledge of the Swedish educational system and the historical reforms of this system, and links to register data, will be highly valued. An early track record of publications on this and closely related topics is therefore meritorious. Advanced skills and training in statistical analyses will furthermore be valued. The candidate must be thorough, efficient, a proficient communicator in English, and enjoy working in an international and dynamic team. Having basic knowledge of Swedish will be valued.

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

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, 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 two pages)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labor unions or student organizations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  5. Verification from the thesis defense committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defense is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

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

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours Fulltime
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-598/2019
  • Martin Lövdén, professor, +468-524 858 28, martin.lovden@ki.se
  • Maria Axelsson, HR officer, maria.axelsson.1@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65, carina.eklund@ki.se
Published 24.Jan.2019
Last application date 15.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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