Karolinska Institutet,

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Aging Research Center 

Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) at Karolinska Institutet conducts the world-leading scientific research in care sciences and epidemiology of aging, health, and dementia. Aging Research Center (ARC) provides a multidisciplinary academic environment, incorporated as a division of NVS. ARC conducts multidisciplinary research involving psychology, social gerontology, and various branches of biomedicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, psychiatry, genetics, and geriatrics). Senior researchers, postdocs, doctoral students, and guest researchers are all represented at ARC. Unique research resources ‒ such as large-scale prospective studies, nationwide research registries, record linkage capabilities, and access to clinical and biological data ‒ are available at the center. ARC is now opening a one year position with possible extension.

Your mission

Together with epidemiologists, sociologists, and clinical researchers, the candidate will work with a research project investigating the relationship of life-course cardiovascular risk factors and related disorders with mental health outcomes in older adults as well as potential neuropathological mechanisms. The project will largely be based on the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) population study and the embedded SNAC-K MRI study, which includes people aged 60+ years who have been followed up at regular intervals since 2001. The protocol includes extensive assessment of social, medical, biological, and genetic factors as well as a comprehensive neuropsychiatric battery. The postdoc will be involved in all parts of the research process, including generation of research hypothesis, formation of specific research questions, study design, statistical analysis, writing of scientific reports, and dissemination of research findings. Successful candidate will additionally contribute to other ongoing projects within the research group. The candidate will also be involved in preparation of funding applications. Finally, teaching at the first- and second-cycle levels at Karolinska Institutet will also be among the work duties.

Your profile

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

Specific requirements are: 1) PhD in the field of epidemiology, with a particular focus on aging, cardiovascular health, use of medication, and psychiatric outcomes; 2) Strong skills in advanced statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data using STATA, MPlus, and/or R, documented by relevant training and user-experience; 3) Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; 4) Experience in writing and publishing research articles; and 5) Ability to formulate new research hypotheses. Other meritorious competences include: 1) Previous research experience on cardiovascular health and cognitive aging outcomes; 2) Research experience and knowledge on use of medications and polypharmacy in old age; 3) Ability to work in teams and excellent interpersonal skills.

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.
Location: KI Solna Campus. Widerströmska Huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A,


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 at the latest January 15, 2020
The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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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 Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5987/2019
  • Chengxuan Qiu, Deputy Head, ARC, Senior Lecturer , +46 852485821 chengxuan.qiu@ki.se
  • Maria Axelsson, HR-officer, +46 8524 882 96 maria.axelsson.1@ki.se
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 01.Dec.2019
Last application date 15.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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