Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

All psychiatric research at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet is carried out within Center for Psychiatric Research (CPF). CPF is a collaborative organization between Stockholm County Medical Area and Karolinska Institutet. You will become a team member of the Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders research group at CPF, and will be part of an engaging and international research environment where you will have the opportunity to contribute to high quality research at international top level.

Your mission

The successful candidate will be responsible for a new clinical research project which aims to develop and test a novel lifestyle intervention to reduce cardiometabolic risk in individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The project has been recently funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). The project is led by Dr Lorena Fernández de la Cruz, Senior Researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

The successful candidate will be the primary coordinator for the project. The tasks will include: 1) coordination, planning, and responsibility for the day-to-day aspects of the project; 2) finalizing the design of the intervention and corresponding intervention protocol – in collaboration with the relevant patient organization (Svenska OCD-förbundet) and other research collaborators; 3) applying for ethical approval and trial registration; 4) advertisement of the trial; 5) participant recruitment and enrolment; 6) delivery of the intervention (only if the postdoc has a clinical profile); 7) data analysis and interpretation of results; and 8) dissemination of the research outcomes both in scientific (e.g., peer-reviewed articles, national and international conferences) and non-scientific settings.

We initially offer a full or part-time position for one year.

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.

The candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant field of work, for example clinical psychology, health psychology, psychiatry (or other relevant field of medicine), or nursing. Full professional competence in both English and Swedish is required. Proficiency in the writing of scientific texts is essential.

Ideally, the postdoc should have a clinical background and have experience in project coordination. Experience in behavioural interventions and behaviour change research will be highly valued, as it will be experience in lifestyle interventions. Familiarity with statistical analyses and statistical programs is desirable. Particular emphasis will be placed on evaluating your academic skills, as demonstrated through your publication record and the relevance of your prior research for the current project.

The candidate should also have strong interpersonal skills and be able to take responsibility for their own tasks. They should be able to take initiative and be flexible to manage different tasks effectively and ensure that project goals are consistently met. 

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.


Read more about the Department here

Read more about the research group you will be part of here

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An employment application must contain the following documents in English :

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, academic title, previous academic and clinical (If relevant) positions, academic title, current position, academic and clinical (if relevant) 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 26th of January 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/Part-time
Number of positions 1
Working hours According to the agreement
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-6500/2019
  • Lorena Fernandez De La Cruz, Assistant professor,
  • Anna Wendel, HR administrator,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 14.Jan.2020
Last application date 26.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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