Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Postdoctoral studies in epidemiology with focus on sex and gender analysis in Renal Medicine (scholarship)

Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Flemingsberg, Sweden

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

Please join our experimental Division of Renal Medicine (NEO; Flemingsberg) at the department for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology. Our research profile is translational where we are utilizing both preclinical and clinical investigations in order to increase our understanding of why and how kidney failure develops and proceeds, and how we can battle cardiovascular complications in the uremic environment. We strongly believe that integrating sex and gender analysis into research processes may lead to discoveries that will improve health for everybody.

Recently we became a part of the international ‘Going forward Consortium’ which integrates sex and gender dimensions in applied health research and evaluates their impact on clinical cost-sensitive outcomes and patient reported outcomes related to quality of life in noncommunicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, chronic kidney disease and neurological disease. https://mcgill.ca/going-fwd4gender/

Your mission
The overarching aim for you will be to integrate sex and gender dimensions in applied health research, and to evaluate their impact on clinical cost-sensitive outcomes and patient reported outcomes related to quality of life, primarily in chronic kidney disease, and then in other diseases with the team of international researchers.

The project will be based on a five-country transatlantic network (Associated Prof. K. Kublickiene PI at Swedish site, Karolinska Institutet) involving more than 30 investigators. The consortium will benchmark innovative solutions to measure gender in retrospective cohorts. Based on consensus, the consortium will develop a framework to identify gender-related factors, as well as cost-sensitive and patient reported outcomes and measure this in international cohorts of patients affected by cardiovascular, chronic kidney and neurological diseases and metabolic syndrome.

We also expect that you will be a part of our journey to construct innovative ways to measure the contribution of sex and gender-related factors towards personalised approaches to chronic disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The candidate will develop a research program in novel analytics for gender dimension measurement as a component of increased precision in health care delivery and outcomes.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and efficient researcher with a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. public health, biostatistics, medicine) with experience in epidemiology. Candidates with previous experience in epidemiology of renal disorders and/or application of sex and gender analysis are especially encouraged to apply.

An ambitious, pro-active and problem-solving attitude, as well as a solid theoretical background and good practical experience are highly valued. Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English are a must. Swedish language knowledge is also highly appreciated.  Finally, the ability to perform data analysis independently and to carry out literature searches and reviews are essential.

Specifically, we would value:

  1. Expertise in register-based research using national registers;
  2. Experience in using statistical software and programming packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, Python, R)

Entry requirements
Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent.
A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Please observe, that anyone previously employed at Karolinska Institutet is not eligible for the scholarship.

Type of scholarship
The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

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.

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 and doctoral education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and occupational pension, but only after employment. Karolinska Institutet’s employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

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

  • A complete curriculum vitae, 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)
  • A motivation letter (no more than one page) and references

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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