Professor in pediatric oncology combined with position as senior consultant at the Karolinska University Hospital

Updated: 3 months ago

- with focus on research

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

Do you want to work with and further develop clinical pediatric oncology research at Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital? Do you want to contribute to developing the clinical doctoral education and the integration of precision medicine in pediatric oncology? Welcome to a leading research environment in pediatric oncology at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health

Description of the subject area

Pediatric oncology research at the Division of Pediatric Oncology and Surgery, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, covers a wide range of topics and methods, ranging from preclinical cell and animal models, clinical patient-oriented research, care science research and registry studies. The Childhood Cancer Research Unit has established collaborations and strong networks with various cancer research areas at Karolinska Institutet. This provides excellent opportunities to develop innovative collaborations to develop treatments and care for children with cancer. The research groups in pediatric oncology hold strong positions both nationally and internationally.

The clinical unit at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna is one of six pediatric oncology centers in Sweden where children are investigated, treated, and followed up for all types of cancer. There is also a phase I-/IV clinical trials unit for drug trials for children with cancer and other academic clinical studies. We enjoy a close interaction with the unit for pediatric hematology and pediatric transplantations located at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge

Your mission

The work description includes your own clinical research in pediatric oncology across diagnoses, including novel treatments, acute toxicity, and late complications in childhood cancer patients with the goal to develop and strengthen these clinical research areas in close collaboration with Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital. You are expected to contribute to the development of the clinical research infrastructure on national and international levels within these areas. The position is focused on research.

The work description also includes clinical duties at the Astrid Lindgren Pediatric Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospital, as the position is intended to be divided 70 % at Karolinska Institutet and 30 % at the Astrid Lindgren Pediatric Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospital.

As the position combines employment as physician at the Karolinska University Hospital the appointee of this Professor position in pediatric oncology will be able to further develop interactions between KI and Pediatric Oncology, the Karolinska University Hospital, with other subspecialties in the hospital as well as researchers in other divisions at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. As Professor, you are expected to strengthen highly specialized pediatric care overall and boost clinical research, as well as enable research to further strengthen pediatric oncology education.  As our Clinical Study Unit has many studies in the start up phase, including early phase I-II and clinical academic studies, it is of great importance that the Professor in Pediatric Oncology is deeply involved in the further development of the study unit. Precision medicine is in the phase of being implemented in clinical practice and the appointee is expected to facilitate this.

The appointee is expected to be involved in the teaching tasks of the Childhood Cancer Research Unit, including medical students, courses for residents of pediatrics, and courses for doctoral students.

Eligibility requirements

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

The appointee is expected to conduct pediatric oncology research on an internationally competitive level as judged by the number and quality of publications in international peer-reviewed journals the past 7 years. The appointee must have current research grants as main applicant sought in national or international competition during the past 5 years and must have served as main supervisor for doctoral students.

The position will be combined with a position as a specialist trained physician in pediatric oncologyat Astrid Lindgren Pediatric Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospitaland therefore the candidate must have an MD with specialist competence in pediatrics and/or pediatric oncology, as well as fulfill 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 weight qualifications as follows: scientific expertise (3), pedagogical expertise (2), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2) and clinical expertise (2).

For employment as Professor at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure 3.1.1 are applied in relation to established profile of employment.

As the appointee is expected to strengthen the overall research area and future leadership, personal qualities as ability to collaborate and network will be highly meritorious.

It is meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • Experience from experimental and translational pediatric oncology research

It is particularly meritorious that the applicant has shown

  • ability to collaborate
  • established clinical research networks
  • broad clinical expertise
  • experience from both leadership and cooperation.

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

Location: Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Solna and Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna. 

Department of Women's and Children's Health | 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.

Clinical position 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.

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

Welcome to apply!

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

Similar Positions