Position as Assistant Professor

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The Board of Research is advertising up to 12 positions as assistant professor in medical science.

Preliminary schedule 2018  
Application period 20 February - 20 March
Stages 1 and 2 March - June
Stage 3 June - August
Stage 4 October
Decision November

What does the funding entail?

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

The position as assistant professor is a fixed-term career-development position lasting a maximum of four years. The employment is to commence at the recipient department not more than twelve months after the decision has been made by the Board of Research. The employment is to be agreed with the recipient department, who are responsible for the salary.

A start-up grant for research is awarded to applicants coming from other universities and that are granted a position as assistant professor from the announcement. In order to be eligible for the start-up grant, the applicant may not be employed or have activities at Karolinska Institutet by application deadline. The start-up grant is a non-recurring amount of SEK 750,000.


Applicants must have graduated with a PhD or attained a corresponding level of scientific competence after January 1st, 2011. Individuals who graduated earlier than 2011 may be eligible if there is a particular reason 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 relevant documentation.

To be eligible for a position as assistant professor a candidate must not hold a career-development position, as an assistant professorship, that started before January 1, 2018.

The successful applicant should, in recent years, have conducted research of high quality, and demonstrate the ability to continue to conduct research of high quality. 

The applicant should have published in internationally leading journals in his/her field in recent years, and occupy a prominent place in the list of authors, preferably as first author. The applicant must have the capability, as the principal applicant, to obtain good and external financing.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted by the recruitment system Varbi.

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 40-50 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  applicants's competence and project. 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:

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 applicants ranked highest by the external experts

When the external experts' score assessments are compiled into a ranking list, the highest ranked applicants are invited for an interview. About twice as many applicants as there are places are invited.

Interviews are made by an internal panel consisting of chairman and internal KI members. The internal panel's assessment (interview and application) accounts for 50 % of the total assessment score. The internal panel makes an independent assessment and does not have any access to or knowledge of the external experts' assessments prior to the interviews.

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 assistant professor based on the external review and interviews.

After the decision

Applicants rewarded a position by The Board of Research are expected to negotiate the employment conditions with the head of one (or more) relevant department(s) at Karolinska Institutet.