Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Professor in Oral Health and Disease

Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Stockholm, Sweden

- with focus on education and research

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The Department of Dental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet provides undergraduate education for dental and dental hygiene students, as well as masters and doctoral level studies. The Division of Oral Diseases delivers undergraduate and postgraduate training in the fundamental and clinical disciplines of cariology, endodontics, periodontology, and dental hygiene. Our goal is to generate dentists and dental hygienists with increased understanding of oral health and mechanisms underlying oral disease, in order consolidate their clinical skills.

In pursuit of our educational goals we collaborate closely with the University Dental Clinic where clinical training takes place. Several of the educators and researchers at the Division of Oral Diseases hold joint appointments at the University Dental Clinic.

Since this the Division delivers education in core disciplines of dentistry and dental hygiene, it is imperative to strengthen the traditional pedagogic approaches by pursuing and validating novel approaches in teaching and assessment, which need to be driven by scientifically-backed evidence and active research. This is a particular priority at the Department, especially following the implementation of new educational curricula for dentistry and dental hygiene during 2019. Hence, KI as a world-leading University in dentistry and dental hygiene, wishes to establish a professorship with an educational focus coupled to research.

Your mission

This position is part of a central strategic initiative to improve the conditions for a strong, close and mutually enriching integration of education and research at different levels. The appointee is expected to take responsibility for leading the development of educational activities to ensure a research integrated education of high quality.

This professorship will be tasked not only with teaching, but also enhancing the pedagogical processes and research at the Department, and lead the development of an education-stimulating environment. It will function as an interdisciplinary resource within the dentistry/dental hygiene programs, able to contribute, as needed, to other educational programs, such as medicine or health-allied professions. The professorship is expected to primarily implement novel pedagogic approaches and didactic tools, contemporary teaching delivery methods and assessment platforms. Such methods to be developed include, but are not restricted to, behavioral intervention based on patient-centered communication, personalized healthcare, cognitive behavioral change techniques, digital education, problem-based learning and student-based learning. Thus, performing pedagogical research for the global improvement of education in dentistry and oral health-allied professions at a high international level is a strong expectation.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as Professor the applicant must have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise, as well as management, development and collaborative skills and clinical expertise. (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The applicant shall also have completed courses of 10 weeks (or equivalent competence) of higher education training in teaching in accordance with Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions recommendations for qualification as a higher education teacher or have otherwise obtained equivalent knowledge.

The successful applicant must further hold:

  1. a) PhD degree
  2. b) degree in dentistry, or dental hygiene, or a health-allied profession
  3. c) qualification courses in higher education training
  4. d) research publication record in education research

Formal and actual pedagogical competence must be demonstrated, along with a strong profile in the development of undergraduate and/or postgraduate education modules and programs. Experience in doctoral education is also required, as the assignment is expected to include the supervision of doctoral students in connection to the respective doctoral programs/schools. Apart from a strong publication trail, the holder of the position must be able to run an own research group and successfully have extracted external funding during the last 5 years.

Bases of assessment

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

Demonstration of academic leadership in education is a strong merit, as evidenced by research activity in the field at an international level, and mentoring of junior academic teachers.

Leadership experience in international dental and oral health education networks is a strong merit.

The holder of this professorship may come from varying disciplines of oral/dental sciences, including but not restricted to, oral epidemiology, dental public health, oral prevention, oral physiology, digital dentistry, and oral biological or clinical dental sciences.

During the assessment of the applicants, personal capacities, such as good planning and cooperation abilities are highly weighted.

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

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: Flemingsberg

Department of Dental Medicine 


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 (http://ki.se/qualificationsportfolio).

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers in English. All the submitted documents shall therefor be written in English.

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

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