Senior Lecturer in Metal Toxicology

Karolinska Institute Institute of Environmental Medicine


Senior Lecturer in Metal Toxicology


Karolinska Institutet, Institutet för miljömedicin

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Several different environmental pollutants, including toxic metals, are commonly found in our diet and drinking water, which means lifelong exposure. It is therefore of importance to clarify whether this can lead to health effects in the population, especially in sensitive groups. Exposure to metals early in life can affect health and development both during childhood and later in life. At IMM, we work with several mother-child cohorts and investigate the entire process from individual exposure (usually through biomarkers) to the impact on children's health and development, with special emphasis on underlying mechanisms, such as effects on various parts of the immune system, hormone systems and epigenome.

Your mission

The position is focused on research.

The focus of the advertised position is to independently conduct toxicological research, preferably translation research combining toxicological and epidemiological methods, on the importance of early life exposure, focusing on metal exposure, especially in relation to growth, nervous system development and hormonal disorders. The duties include leading and conducting own research in the field, including supervision of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. The position also includes some teaching.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for employment as a senior lecturer, in addition to holding a Degree of Doctor, PhD, or having equivalent scientific expertise within the research area of the position, the person must have demonstrated research and teaching expertise, as well as management, development and collaborative skills (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The level of knowledge is expected to be in line with the level of knowledge required for associate professor at KI. The following specific qualifications are required: High quality research activity with good future scientific potential and some scientific findings of impact, where the applicant has had a significant contribution, preferably documented through first and last authorship.

Bases of assessment

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

The appointee must have undergone 10 weeks (or equivalent competence) of higher education training in teaching in accordance with the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions recommendations for qualification as a higher education teacher or having otherwise obtained equivalent knowledge. If the person appointed for the position is lacking such education at the time of the employment, the appointee must undergo such education during the first two years of employment.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the candidates, Karolinska Institutet 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: Solna 


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://

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

Welcome to apply at the latest February 14th, 2020.

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


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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to the agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-4224/2019
Head of department Ulla Stenius, +46 8 524 878 72,
Union representative
Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, +46 70-173 85 75
Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Anne Boström, SEKO , +46 8-524 875 79,
Published 17.Jan.2020
Last application date 14.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET


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