Research Specialist in in epidemiology, focus on sexual and reproductive health

Karolinska Institute Stockholm


September 25, 2022


Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

This position is a unique opportunity to conduct research in the research group Global Sexual Health, Department of Global Public Health. The Department of Global Public Health is an interdisciplinary institution that aims to advance knowledge on how to improve population health at local, national and global level. Research at the department aims to identify the determinants of health, develop and evaluate individual and structural interventions, and provide evidence for guidelines and policy documents. Many of the department's researchers are scientific advisors to authorities and other decision-makers at regional, national and international level. The department has 9 research groups, about 85 research students and about 140 employees.

Your mission

The work will be based at the Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institet and the WHO centre. The applicant is expected to independently conduct own research but also to assist in existing research projects in global health in low- and middle-income countries, and also register-based research in Sweden. Responsibilities include writing of grant applications, project coordination, project reporting, quantitative data analysis, scientific writing and frequent communication in speech and writing with both national and international partners. Supervision of students at Master and PhD level will also be expected to a lesser extent, as well as teaching in global health and sexual and reproductive health depending on the knowledge and experience of the applicant. You will also be an important part of the research group and is expected to actively participate in the work and development of the research group. Shorter or longer travel outside of Sweden primarily to Africa might be necessary.

This is a fixed-term position during approximately two years, extent 50%.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a Research Specialist, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise, the applicant must have demonstrated research expertise as well as have documented research experience after defending their doctoral dissertation.

Mandatory requirements include a PhD degree in epidemiology, public health, global health or corresponding academic qualifications. English and Swedish language skills in speaking and writing is a mandatory requirement. Skills in data analysis, biostatistics, epidemiology, medicine are mandatory requirements. Experience of research in global health and sexual and reproductive health and/or HIV is a desired requirement as well as previous work in low-income countries. Experience in writing publications, grant applications and/or project coordination preferably at international level is a desired requirement. We are looking for an independent, proactive and positive person with a sense of responsibility and with previous experience of working with researchers and other staff from different countries and cultures. Medical background is an advantage but not a requirement.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Here, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

Location: Solna

Department of Global Public Health Research group Global and Sexual Health


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.

Welcome to apply at the latest 2022-09-25

The application must 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 Part-time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3661/2022
  • Anna Mia Ekström,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-52486437,
  • Saco styrelse,
Published 19.Sep.2022
Last application date 25.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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