Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Up to eight positions as Assistant Professor in Medical Science

Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Stockholm, Sweden

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

Karolinska Institutet (KI) launches an investment programme to recruit leading junior researchers with particularly outstanding scientific merits and future potential. The investments are being made in Medical science (Medicine, Health care and Health). Up to eight positions as Assistant Professor (six years financing) with possibility to apply for promotion to Senior lecturer is a part of this investment. The appointments are financed by the Faculty Board at Karolinska Institutet.

Your mission

The employment as Assistant Professor is time limited for six years with the right to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. The purpose of the employment as Assistant Professor is to develop research as an independent researcher and acquire the scientific and pedagogical qualifications required for eligibility for appointment as Senior Lecturer. The terms for the employment are to be negotiated with the recipient department.

Eligibility requirements

Those eligible for employment as an Assistant Professor are individuals who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the expiry of the application period for the position as assistant professor. Those who have been awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence earlier may however be considered if special grounds exist. 

Special grounds refer to:

  • parental leave,
  • positions of trust in trade union organisations,
  • mandatory service in the total defense forces,
  • long-term illness,
  • general medical internship (maximum 24 months) or
  • specialist medical residency for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months).

Ground, dates and extent must be clearly specified in the application and verified with relevant documentation.

The applicant should, in recent years, have conducted research of high quality, and demonstrate the ability to continue to conduct research of high quality.

The applicant should have published in internationally leading journals in his/her field in recent years, and occupy a prominent place in the list of authors, preferably as first author and/or last author. The applicant must have the capability, as the principal applicant, to obtain external financing.

Bases of assessment

Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing applicants.

Applicants will be assessed on their scientific expertise mainly based on two assessment criteria; the Applicant’s competence and the Scientific quality of the project. Please visit our website for more information about the assessment of candidates and the assessment criteria.

Information about position as Assistant Professor through this call

Applicants rewarded with a position by The Faculty board are expected to negotiate the employment conditions with the head of one (or more) relevant department(s) at KI. The employment is to be agreed with the recipient department, which is responsible for the salary.

The position as Assistant Professor is a fixed-term career-development position lasting for a maximum of six years at Karolinska Institutet. The employment is to commence at the recipient department not more than twelve months after the decision has been made by the Faculty Board.

The recipient department will be assigned a framework amount of SEK 1,000,000 per appointment per year for a maximum of six years. The funds are intended to finance positions and are to be used for salary and salary related costs in connection to the position.

In the event an applicant who is rewarded with a position through the call already is employed as Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) at Karolinska Institutet, time will be counted off correspondingly from the new employment, and the allocated salary funds will also be reduced correspondingly.

A start-up grant for research is awarded to applicants that are granted a position as Assistant professor from the announcement. The start-up grant is a non-recurring amount of SEK 1 000 000.

Please visit our webpages for more information about the recruitment process and the conditions for payment of funding.

Particular assessment for promotion to Senior Lecturer

An Assistant Professor employed in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 12a shall be promoted to Senior Lecturer if he or she is eligible for an employment as Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet and is assessed to be suitable for such employment in accordance with the assessment criteria that KI has decided should be applied when being promoted to Senior Lecturer. The assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet that was valid at the time of appointment as Assistant Professor will be applied when applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Current assessment criteria can be found here. Such promotion results in a permanent position as Senior Lecturer.

What does KI 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.

Depending on where the recruiting department is located, it can be in one of the municipalities of Solna, Flemingsberg, Danderyd or Stockholm

Your career continues here

Please visit our webpages for more information about the call:

Faculty Funded Career Positions


Please follow the instructions carefully. Applications should be submitted by the recruitment system Varbi and shall comprise of the following documents, written in English:

  • A personal letter 
  • Application form (the form can be found here)

Please attach relevant documentation regarding deductible time in Swedish or English.

Welcome to apply no later than April 27th, 2020.

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 317242