Karolinska Institutet, The Institute of Environmental Medicine

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.

The unit of Environmental Epidemiology is focused on epidemiological research concerning causes of asthma and allergy and health effects of ambient air pollution and community noise. Molecular biomarkers are increasingly used to assess interactions between environmental and heredity factors as well as to better characterize exposure and health effects. Most projects are conducted in international collaboration and aim to strengthen the basis for environmental health risk assessment. Such assessments are performed for both international and national organizations and authorities, and are often based on research conducted within the unit. We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a temporary position, maximum 2 years.

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in a project that aims to investigate the role of diet and overweight for the development of allergic diseases. The project is based on an ongoing birth cohort (BAMSE) where 4089 participants has been followed from birth (www.ki.se/bamse). A follow-up at age 22-24 years is currently ongoing, and will be included in the current project.

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to design studies and carry out statistical analyses, prepare manuscripts for publication and present the work at scientific meetings. The duties also include participation in data-collection and data management, in particular of data on diet and overweight. The postdoctoral researcher is also expected to undertake a limited amount of teaching, supervise students, and participate in health risk assessments.

Entry requirements and qualifications
A person is eligible for a postdoc position if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc.

To be eligible for the present position the applicant must have a PhD degree in medical science in the area of epidemiology, have formal education in epidemiology and statistics, as well as experience in epidemiological research. The successful applicant must be able to master basic statistical methods as applied in epidemiology, and be an independent user of statistical software (preferably STATA). Knowledge of nutrition and overweight/obesity is meritorious, as well as knowledge of allergic diseases.

Furthermore, excellent knowledge in English including scientific writing is required. The applicant should also be proficient in Swedish in order to be able to communicate with study participants. We place great emphasis on personal qualities, and 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.

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
  5. Verification from the thesis defence committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defence is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

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

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 2-1024/2018
  • Anna Bergström. Senior researcher , 08-524 874 56
Union representative
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , Niklas.Andersson@ki.se, 08-524 874 19
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se, 08-524 840 80
Published 15.May.2018
Last application date 29.May.2018 11:59 PM CET

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