Position as Senior Researcher (5 years)

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The Board of Research is advertising up to eight positions as Senior Researcher in medical science.

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What does the funding entail?

A framework amount of SEK 1,200,000 per appointment per year for five 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 senior researcher is to be appointed on a permanent basis and to commence at one of Karolinska Institutet’s departments not more than twelve months after the allocation decision has been taken by the board. The employment is to be agreed with the recipient department, who are responsible for the salary.


The applicant is to conduct internationally leading research within his/her field. The applicant should have his/her own established research line, and great potential for continuing to conduct research of very high quality.

The applicant is to have been well-published in internationally leading journals in his/her field in recent years, and occupied a prominent place in the list of authors, preferably as senior author. He/she is also to occupy a prominent place in the international scientific community, for example as an invited speaker at scientific conferences, a peer-reviewer of papers submitted for publication or grant applications, a member of an examination board, or thesis supervisor at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.

The applicant is also to have obtained, as the principal applicant, good, long-term external financing in recent years and must have the potential for obtaining additional financing.

Applicants must have graduated with a PhD or attained a corresponding level of scientific competence after 1 January 2005. Individuals who graduated earlier than 2005 may eligible if there is particular reason for them to claim deductable time, such as in the event of parental leave and sickness. 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. The application shall comprise the following documents, written in English:

For applicants at Karolinska Institutet there are instructions on how to create a pre-formatted list of publications from the bibliometric database.

Assessment process and assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed in four stages:

1. Assessment of eligibility

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

Prioritisation of the approximately 30-50 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, applicant's competence and project. Applications sent for external review will have no particular order of ranking and all publications will be assessed (not only the ones with a PMID).

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?

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 12-16 highest ranking applicants

Interviews are conducted by a panel comprising a chairperson and members from KI. The interviews  address (assessed on a seven-point scale):

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

​The internal review (interview and application) is given a 50 % weighting in the total assessment score.


The Board of Research decides which applicants are to be awarded a position as senior researcher based on the external review and interviews.

Preliminary schedule

Application period: 20 February - 20 March

Stages 1 and 2: March - June

Stage 3: June - August

Stage 4: October 23-24

Decision: November