Recruitment Head of Department KI SÖS

This is a live page where we will continuously update information about the process regarding the recruitment of a new Head of Department at the Department of Science and Education at Södersjukhuset (KI SÖS).

Portrait of Dr. Erik Melén.
Erik Melén Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

New Head of Department at KI SÖS

Erik Melén has been appointed Head of Department at KI SÖS. The decision was signed by KI President Annika Östman Wernerson on June 27, 2023. Erik will replace Per Tornvall as Head of Department on November 1, 2023 and the appointment is valid for five years.

Erik is a Professor of Pediatrics and Research group leader at KI SÖS, as well as a pediatric allergist at Sachsska Children's and Youth Hospital.

Illustration med stiliserade människor och kugghjul som ska symbolisera samarbete.
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Jan Bolinder, former Head of Department at at the Department of Medicine Huddinge, has been commissioned by Dean of Southern Campus, Maria Eriksdotter, to lead the recruitment process for a successor to Per Tornvall, who resigns as Head of Department for KI SÖS on 31 October 2023.

The mandate covers 5 years and can be extended by 3-year periods thereafter.

Step 1 - Recruitment Committee

The chairman has appointed a recruitment committee with the task of deciding a requirements profile for the role. Discussion and confirmation of the recruitment group members and the requirements profile took place with student representatives, department representatives and union representatives on 12th of January.

The Recruitment Committee

Jan Bolinder, Chairperson
Ann-Sofie Wall, Secretary
Sari Ponzer, Member
Ami Fagerdahl, Member
Buster Mannheimer, Member
Martin Jonsson, Member
Maria Eriksdotter, Dean of Southern Campus, adjunct

Step 2 - open nomination

Between March 6 – 17, there was an open nomination period. All employees and affiliates within the department could nominate* candidates they consider suitable for the task as Head of Department according to the established requirements profile [in Swedish only]. Ten candidates were nominated. After the recruitment committee has assessed the nominees against the requirement profile, five candidates remained who met the requirement profile and who, after contact, wish to apply for the assignment. At the end of April, the recruitment committee conducted individual interviews with these five candidates.

*) Nomination means that you are proposing a candidate, it is not a voting procedure.

Step 3 - open hearing

On May 9th there was an open hearing with the candidates selected by the recruitment committee. All department employees, Dean of Southern Campus, HR manager, union representatives and student representatives were invited to listen and ask questions to the candidates. 

Step 4 - report to the Dean

The chairperson of the recruitment committee handed over a report to the Dean of Southern Campus about the work the committee has done on May 15th

Step 5 - interviews

The final candidates are interviewed by Dean of Southern Campus and HR specialist, and undergo individual personal assessments during week 22-23.

Step 6 - decision

The KI President  decided on a new Head of Department in late June. The decision has been communicated to all staff at the department.

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