Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

Division of Clinical Geriatric conducts research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. The research is multi-faceted and is in close collaboration with leading institutions and clinics worldwide. The research is clinically oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Some focus areas include lifestyle factors, prevention and treatment studies, imaging methods, and registry studies. The activities are multidisciplinary and include medical research and research in the specialty engines psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and nursing. We have a close cooperation with the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge.

Assistant professor to be hired will be working in the research group of Associate Professor Eric Westman which is localized within the Geriatrics Laboratories in the Novum building at KI Campus Huddinge. The focus of the research group has long been on different imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) and its applications in neurodegenerative disorders. The assistant professor will work in many different projects related to healthy ageing and dementia, always with as strong focus on neuroimaging and advanced analysis methods such as graph theory.

A major task for the applicant will be to contribute to the ongoing research activities at the division of clinical geriatrics, conceptually as well as methodologically. In particular, the person is expected to take an active role in our multimodal imaging work, integrating different image modalities, advanced statistical methods and graph theory with genetic, cognitive and biomarker data. Further, there are possibilities to initiate individual research projects, based on the person´s interests.  

The successful candidate should show a high level of responsibility and independency and be able to work in a team and be willing to supervise students. Moreover, the candidate is expected to have broad knowledge and expertise in aging research and dementia, data gathering and analysis as well as manuscript and grant preparation. Help with coordination of projects within the division and writing grant applications are also duties included as part of the position.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible to be appointed Assistant professor if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Doctor or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence. The persons appointed should primarily be ones who have been granted a Degree of Doctor or have reached the corresponding competence no more than seven years before the end of the application period.

We seek for a scientist with a minimum of four years postdoc experience in the field of neuroimaging in aging, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s  disease research. The candidate should be able to conduct advanced image data processing/analysis (Freesurfer, SPM, FSL and Matlab) and have knowledge about graph theory. The candidate should have previous expertise working Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neurodegenerative disorders.

Bases of assessment
We stress scientific expertise when assessing applicants. A strong track record in terms of publications, as well as research experience in graph theory as well as structural and functional neuroimaging data analysis in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease is required. Documented experience in longitudinal analysis of imaging and behavioral data is desirable. The applicant should also have experience in using a few of the most commonly available imaging software such as Freesurfer, FSL and SPM. The applicant is expected to show independence in terms of research initiatives as well as to have good collaborative skills.

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.

An Assistant professor position is a fixed-term position. The first employment should be two years, with a possible extension of two years after evaluation.

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2462/2017
  • Eric Westman, Head of Division,, eric.westman@ki.se, 08-585 854 19
  • Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund, Head of Administration,, ulla.cronfalk-hernlund@ki.se, 08-524 868 18
Union representative
  • Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53, Agneta.Ohlen@ki.se
  • Carina Dahlin, OFR , 08-524 836 92
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 15.May.2017
Last application date 05.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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