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Position as Assistant Professor

The Faculty Board is advertising up to eight positions as Assistant Professors in medical science at one of the departments at Karolinska Institutet.

(The last application date has passed.)

Preliminary schedule 2019

Application period: 3 April - 29 April

Stages 1 and 2: May - June

Stage 3: June - August

Stage 4: 21-22 October

Decision: November/December

Right now:

Applicants in total: 103

Number of eligible applicants: 89

Number of applications prioritised for the external evaluation: 33

Number of applicants invited for interview: 18

What does the funding entail?

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 connected to the position.

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.

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.


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

Applicants must have graduated with 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 defence forces,
  • long-term illness,
  • general medical internship (maximum 24 months) or
  • specialist medical internship for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months)

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

Bases of assessment

Scientific expertise will be most important when assessing applicants.

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. 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

The last application date has passed

Applications are to be submitted by the recruitment system Varbi.


Up to eight positions as Assistant Professors in medical science

The application shall comprise the following documents, written in English:

As a service and help for internal applicants at Karolinska Institutet there are instructions how to create a pre-formatted list of publications from the bibliometric database.

Assessment process and assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed in four stages:

1. Assessment of eligibility

2. Prioritisation of the group of applications to be reviewed by external experts.

Prioritisation of the approximately 40-50 applicants that will be sent for external review will be performed by an internal panel. The selection will be done according to an overall assessment of applicants's competence and project. Applications sent for external review will have no particular order of ranking .

3. Review by external experts.

This review applies two assessment criteria and judged on a seven-point scale:

Applicant’s competence

  • Publications. An important criteria is the quality of the applicant’s previous publications and other scientific achievements in relation to the phase he/she is in in his/her career.
  • Academic studies and research merits. Does the applicant have adequate experience of research, competence and a scientific network and degree of independence sufficient for implementing the proposed project?
  • Funding. Has competitive funding been obtained?
  • Distinctions. Are there awards and invitations that indicate national/international recognition?

Scientific quality of project

  • Innovativeness/originality. Are there any particularly ambitious or unconventional aspects to the proposal (including multi- or interdisciplinary)? Will it open up fresh perspectives and opportunities for science?
  • Goals. Does the project have clear goals in relation to the latest scientific knowledge and techniques in the field?
  • Relevance and potential. In what ways is the proposed project important to the field? What impact will it have if successful?
  • Viability. Is the proposed project viable? Are the proper expertise, group members and established partnerships available and in place? If relevant, are proposed research methods, infrastructure, equipment and field work appropriate and available? Are the explanation and justification of the chosen method described in a relevant way and in relation to the scientific point of inquiry?
  • Methodology. Does the project include the use of relevant methods or the innovative application of existing methods/techniques?

4. Interviews with applicants ranked highest by the external experts

When the external experts' score assessments are compiled into a ranking list, the highest ranked applicants are invited for an interview. About twice as many applicants as there are places are invited.

Interviews are made by an internal panel consisting of chairman and internal KI members. The internal panel's assessment (interview and application) accounts for 50 % of the total assessment score. The internal panel makes an independent assessment and does not have any access to or knowledge of the external experts' assessments prior to the interviews.

The interviews address (assessed on a seven-point scale):

  • Applicant's competence (including independence)
  • Quality of performed research
  • Future potential and financing


The Faculty Board decides which applicants are to be awarded a position as assistant professor based on the external review and interviews.

After the decision

Applicants rewarded 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.

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.