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 research group, located at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, is dedicated to understanding the etiology and long term consequences of preterm birth with special focus on psychiatric outcomes. A second arm in our research focus is women's health.

Your mission

The research program aims specifically to gain a comprehensive understanding of the determinants and health consequences of pre- and very-term births applying statistical methods for life-course epidemiological analyses. We are using epidemiological data from the Nordic countries as well as a longitudinal cohort study of approximately 50,000 women with repeatedly collected information on lifestyle factors and medical conditions.

The postdoctoral researcher should have good background in medicine, sufficient experience in analyzing longitudinal cohort studies and register-based studies from the Nordic countries, and be interested in contributing to an interdisciplinary research group.

Your profile

Applicants should have (1) a PhD degree in medicine and health sciences, (2) experience in performing large-scale data analysis, (3) knowledge in using standard statistical software (SAS, R, Stata) and (4) experience in analyzing register-based data from the Nordic countries. Research knowledge of outcomes potentially co-occurring with psychiatric outcomes may be beneficial. A track record in writing scientific publications in English is required.

The applicant should be highly collegial, experienced in working in multidisciplinary context, possess exceptional communication and organizational skills, and know how to successfully multitask. A background in medicine and other languages, especially Swedish or Nordic languages, and knowledge about the health systems and recording of national data in the Nordic countries is beneficial.

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.

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)

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

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 Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1161/2020
  • Sven Sandin, 08-524 861 22
  • Sofia Anderberg,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Ulrika Zagai, SACO, 08-524 871 84,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 05.Mar.2020
Last application date 26.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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