Professor in Neurogeriatrics

Stockholm, Sweden
04 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

- with focus on research

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

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 500 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.


At the division of clinical geriatrics, we conduct research and training, including medical candidates. The research is multi-faceted and is in close collaboration with institutions and clinics worldwide. We have some of our research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia and Parkinson's disease. The research is clinically oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. The focus is on research using imaging methods, registry studies, prevention and treatment studies. We also have research on drugs and the elderly, clinical nutrition, palliative care, frailty, stroke, stroke rehabilitation, and Parkinson's disease.


The Division of Clinical Geriatrics is looking for a person who is deeply committed to lead, develop and coordinate research, education and doctoral education and has a broad research experience in neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer disease. The applicant should have a strong commitment to lead and develop research within neurogeriatric image analysis at the division of clinical geriatrics. Research focusing on the brain's network using image analysis and advanced statistical methods is a new and rapidly expanding field where technological advances progress fast. It is essential to be able to combine advanced technical methods for diagnostic imaging with clinical research on neurodegenerative diseases. The position also includes supervision of PhD students and postdocs in different neurogeriatric image analysis projects and first, second and third level teaching within the topic. The tasks will be designed and adapted based on the candidate's skills and interests and may change over time.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as Professor the applicant must have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise, as well as management, development and collaborative skills (see the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

We are seeking a professor with extensive research within the field neurogeriatric image and functional medicine focusing on neurodegenerative disorders, with the ability to coordinate and lead research. Extensive international publications and experience in academic leadership positions is a requirement for the position, as well as experience in international collaborations. Experience of teaching and supervision in this area is required. Experience in advanced technologies for image processing, statistical methods for analyses of imaging data as well as network analysis with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease is of merit as well as experience of translational research. The applicant should have an engineering, medical or psychology degree with experience from geriatric imaging and functional medicine.

The position also requires strong experience in leadership, management and networking, as the position is focused on developing a strategic research area at NVS. The appointee must have undergone 10 weeks (or equivalent competence) of higher education training in teaching in accordance with the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions recommendations for qualification as a higher education teacher or having otherwise obtained equivalent knowledge. If the person appointed for the position is lacking such education at the time of the employment, the appointee must undergo such education during the first two years of employment.

Bases of assessment

The assessment will weigh qualifications as follows: research expertise (3), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (2), educational expertise (2).

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the candidates, Karolinska Institutet will judge which of the candidates that have the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

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 applications will be reviewed by external reviewers in English. All the submitted documents shall therefor be written in English.

The application is to be submitted through the 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 Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt ök
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5867/2018

  • Maria Eriksdotter, Head of Department, + 46 8 524 864 79,
  • Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund, Head of Administration, + 46 8 524 868 18,
  • Lars-Olof Wahlund, Senior Professor, + 46 8 585 854 19,

Union representative

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

Published 04.Dec.2018
Last application date 31.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET