Karolinska Institutet, Institutet för miljömedicin

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.


At the Unit of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, we study the association between environmental/life style factors and risk of disease. The research is mainly focused on cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases (multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis) and musculoskeletal disorders. An on-going project, EIRA (epidemiological investigation of rheumatoid arthritis), investigates risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis as well as disease course. In the planned project we will focus on the impact of specific environmental exposures (mainly physical and psychosocial work environment) on the risk and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.


We have an opening for a temporary position as Researcher with a strong background in epidemiology and a substantial well documented expertise/experience from developing, maintaining, analyzing and documenting large databases. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research profile in epidemiology aiming to generate knowledge of direct importance for the understanding and prevention of inflammatory diseases, with particular focus on rheumatoid arthritis. Connected to the position is the responsibility of a large research database on rheumatoid arthritis and to perform statistical analyses in SAS.

The duties are to conduct own research in rheuma-epidemiology, to supervise doctoral students and to have an overall responsibility for a number of databases. The duties also include seeking research grants. Furthermore, the holder of the position is expected to be involved in teaching epidemiology.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible to be appointed Senior Researcher if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Doctor or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence, as well as documented research after publicly defending his or her doctoral thesis corresponding to qualification as Assistant professor.

Applicants must be well trained in epidemiology and have experience from working with rheuma-epidemiology, especially concerning rheumatoid arthritis. Knowledge of research related to work environment is an advantage. In addition, it is a requirement that the applicant has good IT skills and excellent knowledge of design, operation and documentation of large databases.

Bases of assessment
We stress research expertise and place particular emphasis on academic skills when assessing applicants. Demonstrated skills in epidemiology, including genetic epidemiology, particularly concerning rheumatoid arthritis, is an advantage, along with a long proven experience in development, maintenance and documentation of large databases. Demonstrated expertise in epidemiological data analysis merits as well. It is important that the applicant has good knowledge in biostatistics and has worked with statistical softwares. Teaching experience also qualify. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are mandatory. Experience of multidisciplinary team work, international collaboration and project management are important merits as well as social competence and the ability to cooperate smoothly. 

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English: Curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (http://ki.se/qualificationsportfolio). 

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

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1322/2017
  • Lars Alfredsson, Professor , 08-524 874 88
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO , 08-524 875 79
  • Malahat Mousavi, SACO-S, 08-524 875 24
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-524 874 19
Published 13.Mar.2017
Last application date 29.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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