Assistant Professor in Biostatistics

Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Assistant Professor in biostatistics (tenure-track)

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) conducts research in epidemiology and biostatistics across a broad range of areas within biomedical and medical science. The department is among the largest of its type in Europe and has especially strong research profiles in psychiatric, cancer, reproductive, pediatric, pharmaco, and geriatric epidemiology and biostatistics. 

Part of the success of our department is due to our collaborative spirit. Researchers at the Department share and co-finance common resources (e.g., IT and an applied biostatistics group). Only researchers who are interested in this model should consider applying. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at 

The MEB biostatistics group 

The MEB biostatistics group comprises around 40 staff. In addition to five professors of biostatistics, it contains biostatisticians at all levels of the academic career ladder, including 10 doctoral students and a group of approximately 10 applied biostatisticians who collaborate on projects within the department. 

Members of the biostatistics group conduct methodological research in areas including causal inference, clinical trials, design and analysis of epidemiological studies, register-based research, twin and family studies, predictive modeling, image analysis, survival analysis, statistical genetics, and analyses of high-throughput data. The group collaborates within the department, nationally, and internationally on research in biostatistics and applications in areas including cancer, psychiatric disorders, aging, transfusion medicine, and HIV treatment. Further information can be found at 

Your mission

The employment as assistant professor is time limited for five years with the right to apply for promotion to senior lecturer. Senior lecturer (lektor) is the second highest position, after professor, in the Swedish academic career structure and is equivalent to tenured associate professor in the North American system. The purpose of the employment as Assistant Professor is to develop as an independent researcher and acquire the scientific and pedagogical qualifications required for eligibility for appointment as senior lecturer.  

Our group were awarded a research environment grant from the Swedish Research Council for developing statistical methods for register-based research which will fund this position. The ideal candidate would have an interest in the development of methods for use in register-based research, although this interest does not need to be demonstrated in previous work. The successful candidate is expected to develop theory and methods that can be applied in register-based research, but this recruitment is not connected to any specific research project. Our goal is to recruit the strongest scientist in biostatistics who can strengthen our faculty, irrespective of their specific research area. The successful candidate is expected to stimulate and develop growth in his/her area of biostatistics and contribute to the supervision of doctoral students in biostatistics. We assume the successful candidate will continue her/his research within their established research area but also explore new research opportunities in collaboration with colleagues at our department. There is no compulsory teaching requirement connected to the position, but we hope the successful candidate will contribute to teaching doctoral students in biostatistics.  

Eligibility requirements

Applicants should, in recent years, have conducted research of high quality in statistics/biostatistics theory and methods, and demonstrate the potential to continue to conduct research of high quality. Applicants must have published peer-reviewed research in statistics/biostatistics theory and methods and occupy a prominent place in the list of authors. Applicants should be able to work independently but also have a strong aptitude for cooperation and teamwork. Excellent written- and oral communication skills in English are essential, as the work environment is international.  

Those eligible for employment as an Assistant Professor are individuals who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position as assistant professor.

Those who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence earlier may however be considered if special grounds exist. 

Special grounds refer to:

  • parental leave,
  • positions of trust in trade union organizations
  • mandatory service in the total defense forces
  • long-term illness
  • general medical internship (maximum 24 months)
  • specialist medical residency for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months).

Ground, dates and extent must be clearly specified in the application and verified with relevant documentation.

Bases of assessment

Scientific expertise in statistics/biostatistics, with emphasis on development of theory and methods, will be most important when assessing applicants. The research plan submitted with the application will be an important component of the assessment. The applicant must have strong potential to or have already obtained research funding. Pedagogical experience and leadership qualities are meritorious. Those eligible should show a strong potential to achieve the requirements for promotion to senior lecturer within the designated time. 

What do we offer?

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.

In addition, you are entitled to several benefits, including at least 29 days of vacation (6 weeks) per year (not including public holidays). To all residents, Sweden provides nationalized health care, generous parental leave benefits, subsidized childcare, and free education for students at all levels. Further details can be found on our web page and our brochure “Useful facts for visiting academics” 

Location: Solna


We prefer that your application is written in English, but You can also apply in Swedish. An application must contain the following documents: Resumé, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio.

You are welcome to apply!

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system

Particular assessment for promotion to Senior Lecturer

An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to Senior Lecturer if he or she is eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet and is assessed to be suitable for such employment in accordance with the assessment criteria that KI has decided should be applied when being promoted to Senior Lecturer. The assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet that was valid at the time of appointment as Assistant Professor will be applied when applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Current assessment criteria is found here. Such promotion results in a permanent position as Senior Lecturer.

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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 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2777/2021
Paul Dickman,
Sofia Anderberg,
Union representative
Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Ann Almqvist, SACO,
Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 11.Jun.2021
Last application date 15.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CET