Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine

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The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.

There is now an opportunity to apply for a two-year full-time postdoctoral position in register-based cardiovascular research at Umeå University. The position will mainly involve work with already linked registers and the focus will be on data analysis and writing of scientific articles.


Description of the project
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Sweden and worldwide today. Our research group investigates various risk factors for cardiovascular disease. By linking national registers and databases with Västerbotten's unique population surveys, we can follow risk factor patterns within  individuals for more than half a century. We can thus study temporal relationships between different risk factors, and analyze how these affect the risk of cardiovascular disease in different phases of life. We particularly focus on the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of high blood pressure, as well as diseases of the aorta. 

Work responsibilities
As a postdoctoral fellow, you will work with all parts of the research project, including applications for and updating of data, data processing, study design, statistical analysis, interpretation of results, writing of scientific articles and presentation at national and international congresses. The position will also include supervision of doctoral students in epidemiological/statistical methods. There will be room to propose own analyzes and design own projects within the framework of existing research infrastructure.

A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in medicine, cardiology, epidemiology or other subjects deemed relevant for the research project is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made.

The applicant must have experience from working with large databases, including longitudinal data. Good knowledge of statistical software, such as STATA, SAS or R, is a prerequisite. Applicants must also have a good ability to communicate research in speech and writing and be able to independently write scientific articles in English.

Additional useful qualifications
Since appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is a career-development position for junior researchers, we are primarily interested in applicants who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, an applicant who has completed their degree earlier than that may be considered. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, appointments of trust for a trade union organisation or other similar circumstances, and for relevant duties/assignments within the subject area.

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience in cardiovascular medicine
  • Knowledge of and experience in research based on Nordic registers
  • Experience with statistical methods relevant to registry-based research, such as survival analysis, mediation analysis or methods for causal inference
  • Ability to design scientific studies/subprojects yourself
  • Further research activity after PhD defense

More information about the position
The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years) in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher from 1 March 2023 or by agreement.

More information about the group's research can be found on our website (

The application must include:

  •   A brief description of the specific tasks you had during your doctoral studies and any research projects thereafter, as well as justification for why you are interested in the position.  
  • Curriculum vitae       
  • Complete list of publications including thesis linked or as pdf. Here, it must be clearly marked which publications were included in the thesis and any publications after the defense·       
  • Degree certificate from postgraduate education and other relevant degrees·       
  • Contact information for two reference persons

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and must be received latest 10 February 2023.

 We look forward to receiving your application.



Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-10-23
  • Mattias Brunström,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 03.Jan.2023
Last application date 10.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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