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Positions as Senior Researcher

Position as Senior Researcher (4 years)

Updated: 2016-02-11

The Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology is advertising 1-3 positions as Senior Researcher in Epidemiology or Biostatistics.

What does the funding entail?

A framework amount of SEK 1,200,000 per appointment per year for four years is allocated to the recipient department within KI. 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 recipient departments are responsible for employment and salaries.


To qualify, applicants must have graduated with a PhD or attained a corresponding level of scientific competence after 1 January 2004, and able to demonstrate skills and experience in the fields of epidemiology and/or biostatistics. Individuals who graduated earlier than 2004 may be granted funding 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

An application must contain the following documents in English:

A personal letter (entered directly into the recruitment system) including preference for departmental affiliation. Curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio ( The research plan included in the portfolio
for the four year period should be maximum 5 pages.

The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

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 20 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?

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

Preliminary schedule

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