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.

Unit of Occupational Medicine

The aim of our research is to identify and prevent chemical, physical, ergonomical and psychosocial health hazards in the work environment. Our main activities include research, education and dissemination of information. The research groups at the unit are multiprofessional and include epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians, psychologists sociologists, physiotherapists, civil engineers, public health specialists and others. The unit takes part in education of medical students, occupational health nurses and physicians, and specialists in occupational and environmental medicine. The unit is closely associated with the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Stockholm County Council. We are now looking for 1-2 postdoctoral researchers for 2+2 years with a flexible start October 2017 – Feb 2018.


The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct advanced epidemiologic research in occupational medicine based on large population registers. There are several ongoing research projects that could be part of these two positions, however, the main duties are focused around two newly initiated projects. The first is  aimed at investigating risk factors of occupational injuries and advanced modelling of underreporing related to injury surveillance. The other project is a large cohort investigating factors related to early exit patterns from the labour market and makes use of a multidimensional job-exposure matrixes. Both projects involve researchers from other universities in Sweden and abroad.  The postdoc is also expected to supervise PhD students, and to participate as teacher in epidemiology for master students.


As a government employee you have access to a number of benefits. Each year you have between 28-35 payed holiday days a year depending on your age. Employees have the opportunity to utilize both healthcare benefits and to exercise during one working hour a week. In addition to your public pension, you also receive one of the state occupational pensions PA 03 or PA 16, through your employment with us. As an employee of us, you have a service group life insurance that provides financial protection for surviving spouses / registered partners / cohabitants and children. You are also covered by personal injury and occupational injury insurance and, of course, have a travel insurance. We supplement the sickness benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency if you become ill or have parental leave, which compensates a portion of the income loss. To facilitate your parental leave we pay a supplementary allowance, which equals 90 percent of your salary for a total of 360 days. We also offer supplementary compensation for up to 10 VAB days per year for those who have a salary exceeding 7.5 price base amounts. You also have the opportunity to apply for part-time work until the child is 12 years old. You have the opportunity to do medical visits during working hours. You can also get some compensation for your costs when you go to a physician and physiotherapist as well as receive compensation for some medicines.

Entry requirement

To be eligible the applicant must:

  1. Have a PhD in medical science in the area of epidemiology
  2. Have formal education in statistics
  3. Have experience in handling large databases

Applications are invited from talented and enthusiastic applicants with good knowledge in register-based epidemiology, preferably with experience in the area of occupational and environmental medicine, and with advanced knowledge in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics. Experience of supervision of masters students is meritorious, as is also experience with both the statistical software SAS and Stata. The applicant will need to both feel comfortable with working in teams and demonstrate good interpersonal skills and also be independent enough to formulate new hypotheses and critically examine the results. 

 A person is eligible for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. The term can be extended under special circumstances.

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 current work (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

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 2-3007/2017
  • Theo Bodin, Postdoc, 08-524 874 63
  • Per Gustavsson, Professor , 08-524 800 08
Union representative
  • Malahat Mousavi, SACO-S, 08-524 87524
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, 08-524 87419
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 84080
Published 22.Jun.2017
Last application date 27.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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