Postdoc Researcher Position in Karolinska Institutet Sweden

2 Postdoctoral Researcher positions in dementia epidemiology at Karolinska, Sweden, May 2022


2 Postdoctoral Researcher positions to detect factors to prevent dementia, slow cognitive decline in patients with dementia, is available for applicants with doctoral degree at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska University, Sweden, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in epidemiology and statistics. A strong background in register-based analyses, multivariate and longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, incidence and prevalence trends analysis is appreciated.

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier. 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.


  • You should have a PhD in medical science, medicine, epidemiology, health economics, physics, computer science, econometrics, pharmacoepidemiology, mathematical statistics, statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics or other relevant disciplines.
  • Excellent English writing skills and proven ability to communicate complex information clearly and persuasively.
  • Data management and analysis skills (R, SAS, Stata, SPSS or similar program).


  • Swedish language skills.
  • Experience with registry research and Swedish registries.
  • A track record of successful grant applications.
  • Knowledge of Swedish healthcare organization.
  • Interest in developing new projects and methods.
  • Documented experience and interest in managing and working with Big Data.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will join a multidisciplinary research team of doctors, epidemiologists, statisticians, machine learning researchers and engineers working to explore dementia and COVID-19, detect factors to prevent dementia, slow cognitive decline in patients with dementia, ensure high quality and equal access to dementia care throughout Sweden. We work in the SveDem group at the  Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (Professor Eriksdotter’s group) and collaborate with the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB, Campus Solna, Karolinska Institutet (Professor Johnell´s group)).

Our group conducts registry research using the Swedish Registry for Cognitive and Dementia Disease (SveDem) (with over 100 000 patients) and other registries. For this project we will analyze registries with information on dementia, COVID-19, hospitalizations and diagnoses, prescribed medications, socioeconomics, long-term care for older individuals, dental health and death and its causes. We aim to determine which factors affect cognitive decline, functional and mortality outcomes in dementia. We also aim to study COVID-19 in older adults and in dementia patients, cognitive outcomes, risk for dementia after COVID-19 infection and how COVID-19 might contribute to neurodegeneration. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own projects with this data.

Your duties will include independent management of large datasets, data cleaning, performing statistical analysis at an advanced level, article and grant writing and driving research results through all stages of peer review until successful publication. Additionally, you are expected to collaborate and communicate with other members of the team, obtain ethics approvals and coordinate registry merging with Swedish authorities, provide epidemiological and statistical support for different projects in our group and receive knowledge in clinical aspects and the registers.

We encourage you to develop your own research projects and collaborations. A successful candidate can adapt easily and collaborate with team members with different knowledge and/or academic backgrounds.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: STÖD 2-1779/2022

Application Procedure

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)

Welcome to apply at the latest May 13th 2022.

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

About the Department

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 520 employees and a revenue 2021 of 483 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Division of Clinical Geriatric, with over 100 employed and affiliated researchers are located both in Neo, Campus Flemingsberg and in the Q-building in Solna. We conduct research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. Our 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. The division has a close cooperation with the Medical Unit Aging within Theme Inflammation and Aging at Karolinska University Hospital.

About the Employer:


We are looking for one or two postdocs. It is a fixed-term employment of one to two years with the possibility of extension.

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Contact details

  • Sara Garcia-Ptacek, Assistant Professor, sara.garcia-[email protected]
  • Sofia Fridén, HR-partner, 08-52488296

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