Postdoctoral Position in Social Gerontology
Karolinska Institute Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Post doctor Position in Social Gerontology with Focus on Life Course Analysis

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

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 2019 of 497 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

Aging Research Center (ARC), a division within NVS, is located at KI Campus Solna, Stockholm. It is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, psychiatry, geriatrics), psychology (e.g., cognition, structural, functional, and molecular brain imaging), and social gerontology (e.g., sociology, public health, social epidemiology, social work). The center has around 75 employees, it has a strong focus on research with unique research resources, such as large-scale longitudinal studies and nationwide registries.

Your mission

The postdoctoral researcher will, together with other researchers, contribute to research within two research projects: “Inequality Dynamics Over the Life course” (IDOL) and “Aging in flux: how changing behaviors and lifestyles in the new cohorts are reshaping old age” both conducted within the Social Gerontology unit at ARC. The research will adopt a life course perspective using advanced quantitative research methods. The postdoctoral researcher will study health, living conditions and behaviours with a strong focus on cohort differences and inequalities within the older populations. During the postdoctoral appointment period, the candidate will plan, analyze, structure, and report on results from these projects. She/he is expected to contribute to the development of specific research topics within these programs, as well as other ongoing work within the unit. The position will also include collaboration and participation in dissemination activities outside academia. The candidate is expected to take an active part in applications for funding. The position may also include teaching at different levels.

This is a temporary full-time position of 2 years.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. 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. The applicant should preferably not have a doctoral degree older than 3 years.

  • The candidate should have a background in Social Sciences or Public Health Sciences.

  • The applicant should have good knowledge and experience of statistical software, and experience in using and interpreting longitudinal population-based data or register data.

  • Very good English skills in speaking and writing are a requirement for the position.

  • Speaking and writing in Swedish is meritorious.

We are looking for a highly motivated and creative person who can work both independently and as a team member in our research group.

Bases of assessment

We stress research expertise when assessing applicants. In addition, great emphasis will be placed on collaborative ability, ability to work independently, and personal suitability.

What do we offer?

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Campus Solna

Aging Research Center (ARC)


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 15th of August 2021.

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

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2687/2021
Neda Agahi, forskare, / 08-524 858 10
Johan Fritzell, professor,
Sofia Fridén, HR administrator, 08-524 882 96
Maria Staiger, HR manager, 073-370 99 26
Union representative
Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-524 835 29
Published 02.Jun.2021
Last application date 15.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CET

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