Post-doc, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

The psychiatric genetic epidemiology group within Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) is comprised of numerous researchers ranging from graduate students to senior professors. Several large case-control and cohort populations are available with genetic data and complete medical and demographic information. The research is performed in an interdisciplinary setting with strong collaboration with clinical departments and other national and international research groups. The current project will be led by Dr. Sarah Bergen in collaboration with Profs. Kenneth Kendler, Paul Lichtenstein, and Patrick Sullivan. We are searching for a dedicated and creative postdoctoral researcher for an initial appointment of 2 years and possible extension for up to 2 additional years.

Your mission: The postdoctoral research will involve evaluation of environmental risk factors for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and the extent to which these are shared between these disorders. Studies to assess gene-environment interaction will follow using both indirect (family history) and direct (molecular genetic) assessments of genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in relation to environmental exposures. Most data to be used will be derived from the Swedish National Registers. However, the molecular genetic data is available from large-scale studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder collected within Sweden. We offer flexible working conditions and a negotiable starting date. For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Bergen at
Your profile: Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics or other relevant discipline. Prospective candidates should be skilled in statistical analyses and epidemiological methods, and ideally will have familiarity with national register/electronic health record data. Applicants should also preferably have experience with analysis of molecular genetic data such as genome-wide association studies. Interest in psychiatric genetics research is a prerequisite, and knowledge of this research field is an advantage. Successful candidates will have a high level of English proficiency and ample experience with publishing research articles.