Research Specialist

Updated: 3 months ago

The Department of Global Public Health is an interdisciplinary institution that aims to advance knowledge on how to improve population health at local, national and global level. Research at the department aims to identify the determinants of health, develop and evaluate individual and structural interventions, and provide evidence for guidelines and policy documents. Many of the department's researchers are scientific advisors to authorities and other decision-makers at regional, national and international level. The department has 10 research groups, about 100 research students and about 140 employees.

We are searching a colleague to work in a European collaborative project on alcohol policy and health. We use data from, and collaborate with, the world leading Global Burden of Disease project (GBD and we develop an instrument to measure alcohol policy in different countries. We collaborate with senior scientists and also civic society organizations in different European countries.

Description of the subject area

The subject area is Social medicine – Public health within the Department of Global Public Health (GPH). The research group has teams with main focus on psychiatric epidemiology, alcohol and drugs, and migration.

Your mission

You will work in a team at KI that forms the hub in a European network. Through contact persons from different countries, data on alcohol policy over time in different countries are collected. Health data are extracted and analyzed from the GBD worldwide database, mainly at KI but in collaboration with partners in Europe.

You will organize and coordinate data collection from different countries. You will collect policy data through internet searches and personal contacts independently and through collaborators. You will find persons who can translate, and together with these complete a protocol for analysis.

You will also organize and coordinate the collection of health data over time from the GBD database. You will extract, download and analyze health data from different countries. You will work with others who will assist in this data collection.

The position is permanent position on 70-100% according to agreement.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD in a public health related field, 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 applicant should have:

Experience of international collaboration and good documented experience of the English language, oral and written. Experience of collecting and analyzing health data and using register based health data. Good competence in using statistical program packages such as SAS or STATA. Experience of work with alcohol/drug research or policy. Experience of independently collecting, organizing and analyzing data for quantitative analysis. Basic knowledge on principles and methods for estimation of disease burding according the the GBD system. 

Assessment criteria

Experience of international research collaboration and comparative analyses is a merit. Experience of national policy work within the public health area, e.g. through work in politics, national/regional authority or civic society, is a merit. Good knowledge of one or more European languages, besides English, is a merit. Good competence in collaboration and making contacts in international settings is a merit.

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.


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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.

Welcome to apply at the latest 15th of September

The application must be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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