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Academic appointments and docentur

The mission of Karolinska Institutet is to improve peoples health through research and education. The vision is to be one of the worlds leading medical universities.

Recruitment and appointment of faculty staff

Today, Karolinska Institutet is a leading research university with a strong international reputation. For the continuation of conducting high quality medical research internationally, the recruitment and appointment of qualified teachers and researchers is both a prerequisite and a challenge.

More information about recruitment and appointment of faculty staff on Staff Portal


The institution of docentur has deep historical roots in the Swedish academic establishment. A docentur (i.e. being a Docent, docentship) at Karolinska Institutet confers both rights and duties.

The title of Docent is a nationally well known and recognised indicator of scientific and pedagogical expertise. Obtaining a docentur implies that the holder has achieved a degree of independence such that he or she can lead, supervise and evaluate research and academic instruction. The docentur is a valuable motivator toward the acquisition of scientific credentials in research and education, and confers scientific legitimacy on the holder. The docentur also allows individuals working outside Karolinska Institutet to become associated with the university in order to make important contributions to research and teaching.

Information about the regulations for docentur at Karolinska Institutet and how to apply