Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

At the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Solna, we perform research and education in infectious diseases in close collaboration with the Karolinska University Hospital. The research is translational, and involves clinical, epidemiological and experimental research in areas such as sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, covid-19, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance, and healthcare associated infections.

Recently we have established a unique research database that consists of clinical data from electronic health records during the last 10 years in Region Stockholm (>18 million health care episodes). This enables us to perform large scale epidemiological studies on infectious diseases and adverse events. 

The current project aims to develop and implement decision support systems for antibiotic usage in patients at hospitals, to improve correct treatment in severely ill patients and at the same time reduce unnecessary antibiotic therapy. The project is an international collaboration between academia and industry, and is part of a European initiative for personalized medicine.

Your mission

As a postdoctoral researcher you will perform epidemiological research with a focus on antibiotic usage and outcomes, including antibiotic stewardship and an innovative personalized decision support system for antibiotic treatment. The research will be performed using large amounts of clinical data from electronic health records in Region Stockholm. The research tasks involve epidemiological study design, data management, statistical analyses and scientific writing of articles, reports and presentations. Analyses involve methods to study both structured data and free text.

You will work in collaboration with other members of the research group which consists of Swedish and international researchers with backgrounds in epidemiology, infectious diseases and informatics. There are opportunities for initiation of your own research projects and to supervise e.g. master students.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated person. You should have a research background in epidemiology, statistics, clinical medicine, computer science, or equivalent. An advantage is having worked with large amounts of clinical data or registers, and knowledge of programs such as R, STATA, SAS or Python. You should have experience of independent work, good communication and teamwork skills. A requirement is good knowledge of English, knowledge of Swedish is beneficial. Knowledge of statistics, database management, an understanding of clinical work, or infectious diseases is an advantage.

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?

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 better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group of Professor Anna Färnert and team Pontus Naucler in the Division of Infectious Diseases and

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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 STÖD 2-4376/2020
  • Pontua Naucler,
Union representative
  • Bruna Gigante, SACO,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
Published 14.Oct.2020
Last application date 09.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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