Positions as Assistant Professor

The Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology is advertising 1-2 positions as assistant professor in Epidemiology or Biostatistics.

What does the funding entail?

A framework amount of SEK 1,000,000 per appointment per year for a maximum of four years is allocated to the recipient department. The funds are intended to finance full-time positions and are to be used for salaries.

The position as assistant professor is a fixed-term career-development position lasting a maximum of four years and is to commence at one of Karolinska Institutet’s departments not more than twelve months after the allocation decision has been taken by the SfoEpi board. The recipient departments are responsible for employment and salaries.


To qualify, the applicants must have graduated with a PhD or attained a corresponding level of scientific competence after 1 January 2009, and able to demonstrate skills and experience in the fields of epidemiology and/or biostatistics. Individuals who graduated earlier than 2009 may eligible if there is particular reason for them to claim deductible time, such as in the event of sickness, military service, parental leave and internship. Reason, dates and extent must be clearly specified in the application and verified with the relevant documentation.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the MyNetwork recruitment system.
Applications are to comprise the following documents, written in English:
• A personal letter (entered directly into the recruitment system) including preference for departmental affiliation
• CV (maximum 2 pages in the format of the Swedish Research Council), a complete publication list indicating and motivating the 10 most important publications, a research plan for the four year period
(maximum 5 pages), and a maximum of 3 manuscripts.

An Assistant professor position is a fixed-term position. The first employment should be two years, with a possible extension of two years after evaluation.

Assessment process and assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed in four stages:

1 Assessment of eligibility

2 Prioritization of the group of applications to be reviewed by external experts.

 Prioritization of the approximately 15 applicants that will be sent for external review will be performed by an internal panel. The selection will be done according to an overall assessment of publication data and the research plan. Applications sent for external review will have no particular order of ranking and all publications will be assessed. 

3 Review by external experts

This review applies two assessment criteria and judged on a seven-point scale:

Applicant’s competence

  • Publications. What is the quality of the applicant’s previous publications and other scientific achievements in relation to the phase he/she is in in his/her career?
  • Academic studies and research merits. Does the applicant have adequate experience of research, competence and a scientific network and degree of independence sufficient for implementing the proposed project?
  • Funding. Has competitive funding been obtained?
  • Distinctions. National/international recognition. Has the applicant been invited to hold a lecture or presentation? Taken part in funding reviews or other assessments?

Scientific quality of project

  • Innovativeness/originality. Are there any particularly ambitious or unconventional aspects to the proposal (including multi- or interdisciplinary)? Will it open up fresh perspectives and opportunities for science?
  • Goals. Does the project have clear goals in relation to the latest scientific knowledge and techniques in the field?
  • Relevance and potential. In what ways is the proposed project important to the field? What impact will it have if successful?
  • Viability. Is the proposed project viable? Are the proper expertise, group members and established partnerships available and in place? If relevant, are proposed research methods, infrastructure, equipment and field work appropriate and available? Are the explanation and justification of the chosen method described in a relevant way and in relation to the scientific point of inquiry?
  • Methodology. Does the project include the use of new techniques/methods or the innovative application of existing methods/techniques in new fields?

4 Interviews with the 4-6 highest ranking applicants

Interviews are conducted by a panel comprising a chairperson and members from KI/SfoEpi. The interviews are given a 40 % weighting in the total assessment score and address (assessed on a seven-point scale):

  • Applicant's competence (including independence)
  • Quality of performed research
  • Future potential and financing


The Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology (SfoEpi) decides which applicants are to be awarded a position as assistant professor based on the external reviews and interviews.

Preliminary schedule

  • Application period: 15 February - 30 March, 2016
  • Stages 1 and 2: 31 March - 15 April
  • Stage 3: April - May
  • Stage 4: May - June
  • Decision: June- July