Ref. No. SU FV-1401-20
The Stress Research Institute is a national research centre in the areas of stress, sleep and health. It is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. The institute is organized into three research units and has a research laboratory. About 35 people work at the institute, which is located on Brunnsviken lake in Frescati, Stockholm. More information about the institute is available at stressforskning.su.se.
The position is hosted by the Epidemiology unit. The unit conducts research on the links between different risk factors and ill health, in particular we focus on work-related stress in relation to physical and mental health. The position is funded by the Swedish Research Council grant: “Psychosocial stress over the working career and cognitive dysfunction”.
Cognitive impairment and dementia have serious negative impact on health and functioning in the latter part of life. Prolonged psychosocial stress is suspected to be a strong contributing cause, as it can activate the HPA axis (Stress axis) and decrease parasympathetic activity in the body, which in turn can damage neurons and aggravate cognitive impairments. Previous research has shown a link between high levels of work-related stress and increased risk of cognitive decline during middle age and dementia in later life. However, not everyone who is exposed to high levels of psychosocial stress will experience cognitive impairment or develop dementia. The purpose of the project is to identify when during the working life the stress effects on cognitive dysfunction are most likely to be most severe and the duration needed for the stress to exert its negative effect on risk of cognitive dysfunction.
To carry out high quality research and publish the results in international scientific journals in the field of occupational epidemiology and public health. Specifically, the postdoctoral fellow will perform longitudinal statistical analyses using data from the ongoing national cohort study (SLOSH) or other database, and write articles.
Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another countries, within a research area relevant to the project.
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.
In the appointment process, special emphasis will be placed on knowledge within the relevant research areas. Special emphasis will also be given to documented capabilities to work with large datasets, analysing repeated measures of both exposure and outcome (such as cross-lagged panel model), to write academic articles in English, to work independently in an organized way, e.g. clearly documentation of syntax and other files, to perform assigned tasks within given time frames, to cooperate with others, and to contribute to a good working atmosphere, as well as other personal qualities of importance for performing tasks, such as flexibility.
Emphasis will be placed on administrative skills as well as capabilities to engage with and share research findings with the broader community. Emphasis will also be placed on very good understanding of and ability to communicate in English. Good knowledge of Swedish is an asset for communicating the results with policymakers and the general public.
Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.
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Further information about the position can be obtained from the project leader, professor Hui-Xin Wang, tfn +46 8 553 789 18, email@example.com.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, firstname.lastname@example.org, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org (SEKO).
Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.
Please include the following information with your application
- Your contact details and personal data
- Your highest degree
- Your language skills
- Contact details for 2–3 references
and, in addition, please include the following documents
- Cover letter
- CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
- Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
– why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
– why and how you wish to complete the project
– what makes you suitable for the project in question
- Copy of PhD diploma
- Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
- Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).
The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.
You are welcome to apply!
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Closing date: 06/05/2020
Post expires on Wednesday May 6th, 2020