Professor in Optometry combined with a position as optometrist at St. Erik Eye Hospital

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– with focus on education and research

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The department
The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) conducts research and education in the field of neuroscience from the molecular level to the society level. The clinical research and education are conducted in collaboration with other research groups from the Karolinska Institutet, with other universities as well as Region Stockholm.

The division
The Division of Eye and Vision at St. Erik Eye Hospital has a major teaching commitment in areas such as optometry and ophthalmology. The division has the Unit of Optometry, which is responsible for the BSc in optometry and the MSc in Clinical Optometry. The unit is also responsible for KI’s Optometric Clinic, which is the clinic where the optometry, medical and eye nurse students receive their clinical training and exposure.

St. Erik Eye Hospital
St. Erik Eye Hospital is a limited liability company owned by Region Stockholm. The hospital employs more than 450 employees divided into four clinics and six support functions. St. Erik Eye Hospital is the only hospital in Sweden focused on a single organ, the eye. St. Erik Eye Hospital offers emergency and specialized eye care, research and education.

The department and St. Erik Eye Hospital are now looking for a professor who can be involved in developing the activities at the department and the hospital.

Description of the subject area

Optometry is a broad area from physiological mechanisms in the eye and brain via therapeutic and optical interventions in eye changes to visual perception.

Your mission

The position is focused on education (preclinical and clinical) and research. The recipient of the position must conduct optometric research, course management and supervision of degree projects. The professor is expected to be a key person in the work of developing both education and research at the division. The work duties will include both theoretical and clinical teaching at all levels and you are expected to be responsible for strategically developing and leading education in the subject area. You will also work with the development and follow-up of research in close connection with our clinical activities.

The position as Professor is combined with employment as an optometrist at St. Erik’s Eye Hospital and the clinical position is planned to be to the extent of 30%.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an employment as Professor with focus on education and research the applicant must have demonstrated excellent pedagogical expertise, good scientific expertise and clinical expertise (See the instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Karolinska Institutet).

The applicant shall also have completed 10 weeks of courses on teaching in higher education (or have equivalent competence), as indicated in the recommendations of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institution.

Experience of course management, supervision of degree projects and pedagogical development work is a requirement.

The position will be combined with employment as an optometrist at St. Erik Eye Hospital, therefore applicants must hold a degree in optometry and a license as an optometrist with contact lens authorization and requisition rights.

Since the position includes clinical work, the successful applicant must, besides English, demonstrate proficiency in Swedish, Norwegian or Danish (C1 level according to the common European reference scale (CERS).

Assessment criteria

The Professorship has a focus on education and research. The assessment will weight qualifications as follows: scientific expertise (2), pedagogical expertise (3), leadership, development and collaboration expertise (1) and clinical expertise (2).

For employment as Professor at Karolinska Institutet, the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria stated in the Instructions regarding the Appointment Procedure 3.1.2 are applied in relation to established profile of employment.

In assessing scientific expertise, we place particular emphasis on experience of successful research in networks with different disciplines.

In assessing pedagogical expertise, consideration will be given to the scope and quality of clinically related teaching, and it is also particularly meritorious with experience of leading, coordinating and developing educational activities in a clinical environment.

After an overall assessment of the expertise and merits of the applicants in relation to the subject area, Karolinska Institutet will determine which of them has the best potential to contribute to a positive development of the activities at KI.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

Location: Solna

Read more about The Department of Clinical Neuroscience and The Division of Eye and Vision


Your application must contain the following documents in English: a cover letter as well as a résumé and a qualifications portfolio including a description of your research plan, both presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s template ( You may change or add to your application at any time up to and including the application deadline date. After the deadline, the process closes, and no amendment or addition can be made to your application.

The applications will be reviewed by external reviewers, most often both national and international. For that reason, all the submitted documents should be written in English.

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

The clinical employment at St. Erik Eye Hospital requires a license as an optometrist with contact lens authorization and requisition rights to be attached to the application.

Welcome to apply!

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: Upon agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100 %
City: Solna
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: STÖD 2-372/2023

  1. Rune Brautaset, Head of Eye & Vision,

Union representative:

  1. Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
  2. Arsalan Amir, SACO, 0704831165
  3. Henry Wölling, SEKO,

Published: 2023-08-15
Last application date: 2023-09-19

Job Features

Job CategoryEnseignement et recherche scientifique

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