Senior Researcher in Social Gerontology

Solna, Sweden
06 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, Department of NVS, ARC

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.


Aging Research Center (ARC), an interdisciplinary research center with focus on older people and aging in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, is now opening for a permanent full time position as Senior Researcher.

The successful candidate will be working in the Social Gerontology research group using cross-sectional and longitudinal data from interview studies and registers to study aging and older people’s health and living conditions. Currently, we are working with multiple scientific questions on topics such as:

  • older people’s health
  • health trends and health- and social care at population level;
  • how early living conditions and habits, both in childhood and adulthood, are associated with health later in life and multiple aspects of inequalities at group level.

These areas are often pursued addressing equality issues.


The Senior Researcher will participate in developing the research group’s work on social aspects of aging and the health and living conditions of older people. A special focus is on health inequalities, from both a life-course and a population perspective. Employment as Senior Researcher involves quantitative research in the areas described above, and responsibility for courses, teaching and supervising at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

Entry requirements/Qualifications

To be employed as a Senior Researcher, the candidate must demonstrate both scientific and pedagogical competence. The applicant must have a doctoral degree and obtained a docentur or corresponding level of scientific competence; have an educational background in Social Sciences or Public Health; and extended competence in research on social inequalities in aging. Candidates should have documented experience of advanced statistical analyses of larger interview studies.

The candidate is an independent researcher with a good track record of publication in international journals within the field of Social Gerontology.

The candidate is well integrated in the international research community in social gerontology.

The candidate we seek has good communication skills, and demonstrates good knowledge of both Swedish and English.

Collaboration and participation in activities outside academia—such as writing reports and undertaking special (e.g., governmental) investigations—are meritorious.

The applicant has good pedagogical competence, experience of course planning and examination, and supervision of students.

Assessment criteria

Merits will be given the following weight in the assessment process: scientific competence (3); pedagogical competence (2); leadership, development, and collaborative competence (1).

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (

The applicants will be reviewed by an external reviewer.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi/My network recruitment system.

At Karolinska Institutet a 6-month trial period is required for all permanent appointments.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences.

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.

Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours Full time
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-6170/2018


Johan Fritzell, Director ARC, Professor, +46852485812
Maria Axelsson, HR Officer, 08-524 992 86

Union representative

Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65,
Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53,

Published 05.Nov.2018
Last application date 26.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET