Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

A postdoctoral position is available within the Aging and Health group at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. The group is involved in a wide variety of research projects, including twin and family studies, genetic epidemiology and molecular epidemiology.

Your mission

The successful applicant will conduct large-scale studies to explore gene-environment interplay in health and gender inequalities with a specific focus on cognition, dementia, frailty, health and morbidity in old age. The project will include analyses of large collections of twin data based on the Swedish Twin Registry and the international consortium of the Interplay between Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS consortium) in the context of exploring “SES health gradients in late life: Testing models of gene environment interplay in an international twin consortium.” This includes a large collection of twins in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the USA, and Australia. The project will entail managing and harmonizing of large twin data from various cohorts and countries, as well as retrieving registry data (e.g. the educational records) and linking to existing data. There will be ample opportunities to collaborate with other researchers involved in the IGEMS consortium and the project will be carried out in close collaboration with Melbourne University. This is a position of 2 years with possibility of extension. 

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.


  • A doctoral degree related to epidemiology or gerontology.
  • A formal education in epidemiology, public health or a closely related field.
  • A strong research background in health inequality, socioeconomic circumstances and measures of such, and age-related decline related to cognitive, emotional, and physical health.
  • Experience with methods in epidemiological research, behavior genetics, and twin modelling, co-twin control and moderation models to explore GxE effects and causal relationships.
  • Experience with analyzing cross-sectional and longitudinal twin data in an aging context.
  • Experience with registry-based data and socio-economic classification schemes (i.e. international educational and occupational classifications) as well as data harmonization.
  • Excellent data management skills and a solid knowledge of OpenMx in R and STATA.
  • Excellent writing skills and command of written and spoken Swedish and English.

Competences, skills and experiences considered meritorious:

  • An ability to collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the group.
  • Good team player with interpersonal skills and a considerate manner.
  • Organized, efficient, and flexible in dealing with unpredictability and changes. 
  • Experience with international consortium work.

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. 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.



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)

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Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5397/2019
  • Sofia Anderberg, 08 524 870 02
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Ulrika Zagai, SACO, 08--524 871 84,
Published 29.Oct.2019
Last application date 12.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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