Professor in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine with a focus on intensive care, combined with employment as specialist physician at the Karolinska University Hospital - prolonged application period

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- with focus on research

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (FyFa) conducts education and research in physiology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, and intensive care at a very high international level. The department has around 400 employees, 30 research groups, and 75 doctoral students. We offer a dynamic research and teaching environment in newly renovated facilities in the newly constructed Biomedicum on Campus Solna, which is linked to corresponding clinical teaching and research environments at the Department of Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care at Karolinska University Hospital. Research activities at the department include areas such as anesthesiology and intensive care, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, neuropsychopharmacology, neuroinflammation, cellular signaling, pharmacogenetics, regenerative medicine, renal physiology, muscle physiology, and pain. Collaboration between preclinical and clinical researchers at Karolinska University Hospital provides unique opportunities for translational research in our subjects.

Description of the subject area

Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine is a combined academic and clinical field that also constitutes a medical specialty covering the clinical activities of perioperative medicine and intensive care. The subject area is dominated by applied physiology and pharmacology and has for several decades had its academic development closely linked to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. The Section of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology was established in 2005 and conducts internationally leading research and education primarily in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine. The academic activities are closely coordinated with Region Stockholm's health care in perioperative medicine and intensive care and for more than 15 years have been an integrated part of the anesthesia, surgery, and intensive care activities at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna. The clinical activities in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at Karolinska University Hospital are organized in a hospital-wide unit called Function Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care (PMI), to which the majority of the clinical researchers and teachers at the Department are affiliated.

A research platform consisting of an experimental unit, a unit for clinical research, and a unit for outcome and epidemiology has been established with joint funding from Karolinska Institutet and the Region. Function PMI has also contributed strategic funds to strengthen the infrastructure for epidemiological research in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine in order to utilize broad and large internal patient cohorts based on over 35,000 annual operations and about 3,000 intensive care admissions annually. Competence in outcome and epidemiological research is an integrated part of the clinical research and constitutes a central and very active part of the intensive care research within the Section.

Your mission

You are expected to conduct international frontline research in intensive care medicine. You are expected to function as a research group leader with responsibility for personnel, delegated responsibility for working environment, and other administrative tasks within the department. The position includes teaching in physiology, pharmacology, anesthesia and intensive care at undergraduate, advanced and doctoral levels. The role includes collaboration with other research groups within the department, Karolinska Institutet, nationally and internationally, as well as interactions with other society.

The job duties include:

  • Supervising students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers primarily within the framework of intensive care medicine.
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the framework of clinical activities, mainly focused on the medical and nursing programs at KI.
  • Conducting high-quality research within the framework of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and having established collaborations with preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological research groups both nationally and internationally.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as Professor with focus on research, the applicant must have demonstrated good pedagogical expertise, excellent scientific expertise and clinical expertise (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The employment will be combined with an employment as specialist physician, biträdande överläkare or överläkare in anesthesiology and intensive care at the Medical Unit Perioperative Medicine Solna, Function Perioperative Medicine, and Intensive Care at Karolinska University Hospital, and therefore, the candidate must have an MD with specialist competence in anesthesiology and intensive care set by the  National Board of Health and Welfare's requirements for practicing medicine in Sweden.

Since the position includes clinical work, the successful applicant must, besides English, demonstrate proficiency in Swedish, Norwegian or Danish (C1 level according to the common European reference scale (CERS).

Assessment criteria

The Professorship has a focus on research. The assessment will consider qualifications as follows: scientific expertise (3), pedagogical expertise (2), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2) and clinical expertise (2). When appointing a professor at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria specified in the guidelines for employment regulations 3.1.1 apply in relation to the established employment profile.

It is a strong merit if the applicant has demonstrated high ability to administratively manage and further develop research environments focused on epidemiological intensive care research in close collaboration with other universities. It is also a strong merit if the applicant has demonstrated independent and ongoing research of high quality, good teaching skills, good management, development and collaboration skills, has a doctorate and competence that at least corresponds to docent level at KI, is a nationally leading and internationally recognized researcher. It is a merit if the applicant has conducted research at a foreign university and demonstrated the ability to independently and competitively attract significant research resources that can ensure future research activities.

The applicant shall also have completed 10 weeks of courses on teaching in higher education (or have equivalent competence), as indicated in the recommendations of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institution. If the person appointed for the position is lacking such education at the time of employment, the appointee must undergo such education during the first two years of employment.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Here, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

Location: Solna 

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology | Karolinska Institutet (


Your application must contain the following documents in English: a cover letter as well as a résumé and a qualifications portfolio including a description of your research plan, both presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s template ( ). You may change or add to your application at any time up to and including the application deadline date. After the deadline, the process closes, and no amendment or addition can be made to your application.

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers, most often both national and international. For that reason, all the submitted documents should be written in English.

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

For the clinical employment at Karolinska University Hospital:

To obtain position as specialist doctor (överläkare, biträdande överläkare, specialistläkare) at Karolinska University Hospital, assessment of the applicant’s clinical qualifications by the hospital’s Expert Committee is mandatory.

Hence, the documents listed below are required for determining the correct service level.

  • Karolinska University Hospital’s form for Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialist certificate(s) in anesthesiology and intensive care *
  • Certificate on PhD degree**
  • Certificate regarding docent/associate professor **
  • List of publications (10 most important)

*including specialist certificate(s) from other countries

**when applicable

Link to criteria for specialist doctor at Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset (in Swedish).

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