Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Gerontology

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

Karolinska Institutet, Department of NVS, Aging Research Center, 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 opening a two year post-doc position. The Social Gerontology research group is now looking for a skilled and innovative person who will contribute to the development of our ongoing research. Our research group uses 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 and mortality risks
  • health trends and health- and social care at population level
  • how living conditions and habits experienced throughout the life course are associated with helath and living conditions later in life.

These areas are often pursued addressing equality issues.


A large part of the scientific activities at the social gerontology group at ARC are based on the ongoing population-based SWEOLD-study, which includes people 76+ years who are followed up at regular intervals. The current post doc position will be part of the project: ‘Psychosocial working conditions and late-life physical functioning: What role do gender, socioeconomic position, work-life balance, and coping mechanisms play?’ Over the course of the postdoctoral appointment, the candidate will plan, analyse, structure, and report on results from the current project. The candidate is expected to perform high-level research and publish in international, scientific journals.

Entry requirements

A person is eligible for a position as post-doc position if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. We are looking for a candidate with documented experience and interest in social gerontology. Employment criteria include the quality of earlier research and qualifications, and the degree to which the applicant’s previous research support the overall goals of the project. Prior experience with longitudinal population-based databases and data modelling is also a requirement. Excellent collaborative, communication and writing skills are needed. Very good English and Swedish skills in speaking and writing are an absolute requirement for the position. (The postdoc will be involved in a new SWEOLD data collection. This makes knowledge Swedish crucial.) Independence and strong motivation are expected throughout the project.

Application process

An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork/Varbi recruitment system.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
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 2-6583/2018


Ingemar Kåreholt, Senior Researcher, 08-524 858 14
Maria Axelsson, HR officer, 08-524 882 96

Union representative

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

Published 22.Nov.2018
Last application date 14.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET