Postdoctoral Researcher in Health Economics/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Postdoctoral Researcher in Health Economics/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The employment as Postdoctoral Researcher is time limited for two years with a possible extension for another two years. The purpose of the employment as a Postdoctoral Researcher is to develop as a researcher and acquire the scientific and pedagogical qualifications required for eligibility for appointment as an associate professor.

The 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, a vibrant group of around 10 doctoral students, and a group of approximately 10 applied biostatisticians.

MEB also has epidemiological groups at the forefront of research into cancer screening for breast, prostate and cervical cancer. To support the translation of cancer screening research into policy, we are expanding our capacity for health economic evaluations of cancer screening.

Your mission

Our group is currently investigating the cost-effectiveness of cancer screening. We are looking for someone who is interested in applying their quantitative skills to evaluate different cancer screening strategies using simulations. This is a cross-disciplinary project, with a team that includes expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical medicine and health economics. Possible sub-projects include: prostate cancer testing, including an evaluation of the recent STHLM3MRI trial; cervical cancer screening, evaluating partial genotyping and self-sampling; and breast cancer screening, evaluating risk-stratified screening. Tasks could include: data analysis of health data for estimation of epidemiological parameters and costs; simulation modelling, including coding for model extensions and performing model validations and predictions; and health economic evaluations. The specific tasks involved would depend on the skills and experience of the applicant.

Questions regarding the role, please contact Mark Clements. Contact information can be found below.

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

The required background includes a PhD degree in quantitative methods and experience with the R statistical language. The candidate should also have an interest in the analysis of health data. Experience with any of the following would be helpful: analysis of health data, including epidemiology and/or biostatistics; coding in C++ or C# (or a similar compiled language); and health economics.The ideal candidate would have an interest in health data analysis, computing and health economics. Strong written and oral communication skills in English are essential, as the work environment is international.

Personal qualities for the role include being independent, structured, performance-oriented and with strong analytical abilities.

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.

Location: Solna


An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to send in your application!

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

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3172/2021
Mark Clements,
Union representative
Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Ann Almqvist, SACO,
Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 01.Jul.2021
Last application date 16.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST