Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics

Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics

- with focus on research

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of its kind in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of epidemiology and biostatistics researchers, doctoral students, applied 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

Part of the success of our Department is due to our collaborative spirit. This means that 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 this position.

Your mission

The position is in the biostatistics group, which at present comprises around 45 people, including professors, senior lecturers, researchers, postdocs, applied biostatisticians and PhD students. The primary activities of the biostatistics group include (i) own research, with a strong methodological component, in population-based studies, and in genetic and molecular epidemiology, (ii) collaboration with researchers in epidemiology, biomedicine and clinical science, and (iii) biostatistics teaching both at undergraduate and graduate levels. The group is looking to expand its methodological expertise in areas such as causal inference, clinical trials, design and analysis of epidemiological studies, and the analysis of high- throughput data.

The employment has a focus on research. The successful candidate is expected to initiate, perform and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, participate in teaching and carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the department and of Karolinska Institutet. The ability to successfully obtain external research funds is important.

The successful candidate is expected to stimulate and develop growth in his/her area of biostatistics and to contribute to the training of undergraduate and graduate students.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a senior lecturer, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the person must have demonstrated research and teaching expertise, as well as management, development and collaborative skills (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

To qualify, the applicant must be an established independent researcher in biostatistics or a related discipline. She/he must have a strong research record of both methodological and applied statistics, together with a demonstrated interest in biology, medicine, epidemiology and/or public health, and she/ he must have good pedagogical skills. The candidate is expected to be one of the future leaders of biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet, so should show documented leadership and collaboration experience.

Bases of assessment 

The Senior Lectureship has a focus on research. The assessment will weight qualifications as follows: research expertise (3), educational expertise (2), and leadership, development and collaboration expertise (1).

Applicants for the position as senior lecturer in biostatistics should have excellent scientific skills, which should be demonstrated through publications of high-quality research in international biostatistics journals. Applicants should have demonstrated ability to collaborate with medical researchers and some leadership experience. Applicants should have been the principal recipients of research funding and have the potential to secure further funding within his/her research area. Applicants should also have experience in supervising graduate students, as main supervisor.

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

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.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. 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 a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Solna, Stockholm, Sweden

Read about MEB Biostatistics Group here

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An application must contain the following documents in English: Resumé, 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.

Welcome to apply at the latest May 4th, 2020

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

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to the agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-499/2020
Professor Keith Humphreys ,
Union representative
Ann Almqvist, SACO, + 46 8-52486199
Henry Wölling, SEKO, + 46 8-524 840 80
Niklas Andersson, OFR, + 46 8-524 874 19
Published 03.Apr.2020
Last application date 04.May.2020 11:59 PM CET