1-2 Postdoctoral Researchers in genetic epidemiology

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2023

18 Nov 2023
Job Information

Karolinska Institutet (KI)
Research Field

Medical sciences » Medicine
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

30 Nov 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics conducts research in epidemiology and biostatistics across a broad range of areas within biomedical science. The department is among the largest of its type in Europe and has especially strong research profiles in psychiatric, cancer, reproductive, pediatric, pharmaco, genetic, and geriatric epidemiology, eating disorders, precision medicine, and biostatistics.

Part of the success of our department is due to our collaborative spirit where one factor is that researchers at the Department share and co-finance common resources (e.g., IT and an applied biostatistics group). The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at http://ki.se/en/meb

Genetics play an important role in many complex diseases including prostate and testicular cancer. Genome wide association studies (GWAS) have made possible to enhance our understanding of the underlying etiology of these diseases. Considerable amount of research is ongoing at MEB building on large resources of population-based study populations with rich information about clinical characteristics, patient follow-up, and molecular measurements. In addition we have extensive collaboration with international prostate and testicular cancer consortia making very large collection of study populations available for research.

The overarching aim of our research is to further decipher the importance of inherited genetics on development, progression and survival of prostate and testicular cancer. Our approaches are mainly based on genome wide genotyping and targeted sequencing data integrated with different molecular features including gene expression. Applications are heavily data driven and rely on substantial computation resources.

Your mission

The main responsibilities are to perform research and be involved in supervision of PhD students. The work tasks involve performing genetic assessment of testicular and prostate cancer including, but not restricted to, GWAS, copy number assessment, transcriptome wide association (TWAS) assessment and pathway enrichment analysis, as well as development of efficient prediction models of molecular features based on genome wide genotyping.

Your profile

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. 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.

The position requires a PhD degree with focus on statistics, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, computing science or a closely related field. The ideal applicant should have strong computational skills with strong experience of genetic epidemiological applications. Experience in prediction method development is a strong merit. Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. The work requires close collaboration with others, which is why flexibility and good communication skills are of great importance. A high degree of accuracy and independence is also important for the position. We attach great importance to personal qualities in this recruitment. 

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. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical 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

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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)

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

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Research Field
Medical sciences
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

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Karolinska Institutet (KI)

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