The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation (CEDI) at MEB was established under the auspices of the Swedish Research Council. We are dedicated to applying novel and emerging methodologies and technologies to elucidate causal mechanisms underlying eating disorders.

Your mission

This research program aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to eating disorders. There are several ongoing studies related to eating disorders including 1) an in-depth study of identical twins who are discordant for anorexia nervosa, 2) a longitudinal study of severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, and 3) a large-scale study of bulimia nervosa and BED. The researcher should have a firm grounding in the psychology of eating disorders and be interested in contributing to an interdisciplinary group. The position will involve developing independent research programs in conjunction with ongoing activities at CEDI, student supervision and post-doctoral fellow mentoring, registry-based research, method development and validation, and networking with eating disorder clinics for research and training.

Your profile

Applicants should have an Associate professorship (docent) in psychology or related disciplines and have extensive experience doing research with individuals with eating disorders, and experience working with clinical registry data (including legal and administrative aspects). The applicant should have supervision experience at graduate and postgraduate levels, teaching experience in academic as well as clinical contexts, and a track record in writing scientific publications in English. The applicant should have a solid psychology background and clinical training is preferable. The applicant should be familiar with eating disorders in specific and psychiatric illnesses in general. Some knowledge of complex trait genomics is desirable. Fluency in Swedish and English is preferred, and the applicant should have a track record in writing scientific publications in English.

The applicant should be highly collegial, experienced in working in “team science” contexts, possess exceptional communication and organizational skills, know how to successfully multitask, and should be able to describe past examples of having developed structured approaches to solving unanticipated and complex problems.

The position is for one year with the possibility of extension.

Application process

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

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, 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 experience in eating disorders research
  4. A summary of experience in psychology research in general
  5. Verification of associate professor competence

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: Solna


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

Permanent position are initiated by a six months trial period.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-811/2020
  • Bengt Fundin, 08 524 870 02
  • Sofia Anderberg,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Ann Almqvist, OFR, 08-52486199
  • Ulrika Zagai, SACO, 08-524 871 84,
Published 14.Feb.2020
Last application date 28.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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