Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, cognitive disorders, epidemiology and care sciences. The research is multifaceted and is in close collaboration with leading institutions and clinics worldwide. The division of Clinical Geriatrichs, one of seven divisions within NVS conducts research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, but also on education among other medical graduates. Some focus areas include lifestyle factors, prevention and treatment studies, imaging methods, diagnostics and registry studies.  We have a close cooperation with the Theme Ageing at Karolinska University Hospital.. Assistant professor to be hired will be working in the research group of Associate Professor Eric Westman and of Professor Miia Kivipelto for a period of four years. 

Your mission

A major task for the applicant will be to contribute to the ongoing research activities at the division of clinical geriatrics, conceptually as well as methodologically. In particular, the person is expected to take a leading role in coordinating the research procedure in an ongoing clinical multi-center study, and to develop and evaluate psychological interventions for individuals with early phase cognitive impairments. The successful candidate should show a high level of responsibility and independency and be able to work in a team and be willing to supervise students. Moreover, the candidate is expected to have broad knowledge and expertise in aging research, cognitive disorders, neuro-cognitive assessments, psychological treatment, data gathering, data analysis as well as manuscript preparation. Coordination of projects within the division and writing grant applications are also duties included as part of the position.

Eligebility requirements

We seek for a scientist with a minimum of three years postdoc experience in the field of neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and psychological interventions in healthy aging and cognitive disorder research. The candidate should be able to conduct advanced image data processing/analysis (Freesurfer, SPM and FSL), conduct advanced neuropsychological examinations, and have a broad experience in psychological/cognitive interventions.
To be eligible for employment as an Assistant Professor you need to have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position as Assistant professor. 

Bases of assesment

We stress scientific expertise when assessing applicants. A strong track record in terms of publications, research experience, coordination skills as well as clinical psychological experience. Documented experience in longitudinal analysis of imaging and neuropsychological data is required. Clinical experience is highly valued, especially in neuropsychological assessments and psychological treatment. Teaching experience is required, as well as documented experience in supervision (main or cosupervisor) of students. The applicant is expected to show independence in terms of research initiatives as well as to have good collaborative skills. Good communication skills in the Swedish language is required to be able to coordinate the different projects in respect of communication with patients and clinicians.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden.
The focus of the research groups has for a long time been on different imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuropsychology prevention and supportive interventions in cognitive disorders. The assistant professor will work in many different projects related to healthy ageing and cognitive disorders, always with as strong focus on neuroimaging, cognition, psychological treatment and prevention. 
Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.
Location:KI Campus Flemingsberg and the Karolinska University Hospital Solna. 


An application must contain the following documents in Swedish/ English: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio. Welcome to apply at the latest November, 2019. The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Particular assessment for promotion to Senior Lecturer

An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to Senior Lecturer if he or she is eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet and is assessed to be suitable for such employment in accordance with the assessment criteria that KI has decided should be applied when being promoted to Senior Lecturer. The assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet that was valid at the time of appointment as Assistant Professor will be applied when applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Current assessment criteria is found here. Such promotion results in a permanent position as Senior Lecturer.

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Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours Full time
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5282/2019
  • Eric Westman, Associate Professor, +46-73655 51 79
  • Miia Kivipelto, Professor ,, 08-585 801 36
  • Maria Axelsson, HR-officer, + 468-524 882 96
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 16.Oct.2019
Last application date 18.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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