Karolinska Institutet seeks research assistant in the Nordic Brain Network group


The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) at Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden, conducts research in ageing, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. The Division of Clinical Geriatrics conducts research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other ageing-related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. Their research is multi-faceted and clinically-oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The division has a close cooperation with the Medical Unit Aging within Theme Inflammation and Aging at Karolinska University Hospital.

Professor Miia Kivipelto’s research group - the Nordic Brain Network (NBN) - is part of the division of Clinical Geriatrics, Center for Alzheimer Research, NVS. Prof. Kivipelto is the primary investigator (PI) of the landmark Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) RCT, the first large-scale trial showing that a two-year multidomain lifestyle-based intervention can benefit cognition in older people at increased risk of dementia. She and her team work to advance, optimise and scale-up the FINGER model, to identify effective strategies for dementia risk reduction and prevention applicable on a global scale. To this end, Prof. Kivipelto founded the EU-FINGERS Consortium, and the World-Wide FINGERS Network, and her group is part of the EU-funded project LETHE. They are looking for a highly motivated research assistant who will be working under the main supervision of Assistant Professor Francesca Mangialasche and post-doctoral researcher Leonie N.C. Visser, within the research area of medical communication in the memory clinic and patient-reported outcomes and experiences.

The research assistant will be involved in the qualitative coding of interview data, and content coding of audio-recorded consultations between physicians, patients, and their accompanying care partners. Additionally, survey data on patient-reported outcomes and experiences will be collected in the clinical setting and analysed. The successful applicant will be expected to take an active role in patient recruitment, data collection, data processing and coding, statistical analyses (qualitative and quantitative data), and preparation of scientific manuscripts under supervision. They will be part of the EU-FINGERS and LETHE consortia and interact with international project partners to coordinate joined efforts when it comes to data collection. This is a full-time, temporary position with a duration of 6 months, with possibility of extension. The applications deadline is 28 February 2022. To find out more and to apply, visit: https://ki.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:474988/