Research Specialist (20%) in Epidemiology

Updated: 28 days ago

The Unit of Integrative Epidemiology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine is looking for a part-time research specialist (20%). A main goal of our research is to improve the understanding of the relationship between mental disorders (e.g., psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders) and somatic conditions (e.g., cancer and infectious diseases) in terms of disease burden, intervention uptake, and patient outcomes. We offer an engaging and scientific environment where you will have the opportunity to collaborate within an interdisciplinary research group.

Description of the subject area

Mental disorders belong to the most common morbidities in our society and have only in the last decade been recognized to cause significant health disparities. This research will focus on comparing the risk of somatic conditions, primarily cancer and infectious diseases, in populations with and without mental disorders. The candidate will help to gather insight on clinical characteristics, treatment and healthcare utilization patterns, and survival outcomes among individuals with mental disorders with or without such comorbidities. This research will be carried out by a series of epidemiological studies using registry and cohort data in Sweden and beyond.

Your mission

The candidate will be responsible for project coordination (e.g., facilitating data acquisition processes, including the application for ethical permits and database access, and coordinating the research team), data analysis, result dissemination, manuscript writing, and supervision of junior researchers. The candidate should have a strong background in epidemiology and data analysis, and should show great interest and experience in coordinating interdisciplinary research groups and performing tasks between different sectors (e.g., research institutions, health care sectors, and industries).

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.

The candidate is expected to have:

  • Great experience in using population-based health register and cohort data for research
  • Strong statistical programing skills, i.e., SAS, Stata, R.
  • Advanced experience in project coordination and data management
  • Excellence in written and verbal communication using English
  • Attention to detail, problem solving ability and social skills are highly valuable
  • Knowledgeable regarding GDPR rules and legal regulations
  • Willing to take responsibility in leadership work

Assessment criteria

This position has a focus on research. The assessment will weight qualifications as follows: research expertise (3), educational expertise (2), and leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2).

We put particular emphasis on research quality and future potential of conducting cutting-edge research in psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on the comorbidity between mental disorders and somatic conditions. Working experience in different sectors is particularly meritorious and will be considered when applicable.   

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 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.



We prefer that Your application is written in English, but You can also apply in Swedish. An application must contain the following documents: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet's qualifications portfolio.

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