Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för laboratoriemedicin

The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of 7 divisions and is active in many areas of Laboratory Medicine. The department is involved in advanced basic scientific, clinical and epidemiological research. The department is one of the largest departments of education at Karolinska Institutet.

The Department and Division
The Department of Laboratory of Medicine, located in Campus Flemingsberg, is one of the Karolinska Institute’s largest departments with eight research divisions including division of Clinical Microbiology. The department is also one of the largest departments of education at Karolinska Institutet. The division is involved in advanced basic scientific, translational and clinical research. At the division there are presently eight research groups in microbiological research headed by Prof. Anders Sönnerborg.

A doctoral position is an available doctoral education project to which a PhD student is to be recruited. After the selection process the process for admission to doctoral education will commence. An admission decision will not be taken until an individual study plan has been approved by the departmental admission board.

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral

Research group
A doctoral position is an available with Prof. Anders Sönnerborg and Assistant Professor Ujjwal Neogi, at Sönnerborg Group at Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine at Karolinska Institutet. The project is in collaboration with Associate Prof. Aman Russom, Royal Institute of Technology.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The main research objectives for this doctoral program are to understand the mechanisms of HIV persistence and phylo-anatomical evolutionary dynamics in the HIV reservoir, the major barrier to cure of HIV. The proposed research will develop a novel way to measure the size of the latent reservoir and to understand the features of the viral-host interaction in the reservoir that are of key importance for HIV-cure or long term HIV remission.

The project is interplay among the fields of molecular biology, nano-biotechnologies, high throughput genomics, evolutionary dynamics and clinical science to understand the HIV-latency and persistence dynamics effectively. These studies are likely to facilitate the strategy of future clinical trials, which goals will be to reactivate latently infected cells optimally and to stimulate the cytotoxic immunity that recognizes and kills those cells leading to cure to HIV.

The student needs to perform molecular biological assays like molecular cloning, high throughput sequencing (wet lab) as well as several cell biological assays like FACS, Western Blot etc.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
To be eligible for doctoral education following requirements has to be met:

General entry requirements
A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education (according to Higher Education Ordinance Chapt 7, section 39) if he/she:

  1. has been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle/master level, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school:
Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see web-link below for more information.
Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the requirements in English.

For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements: http://ki.se/en/education/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

Skills and personal qualities
The successful candidate should have a strong drive to pursue experimental research, and be ambitious and innovative. The project is multi-disciplinary. Thus strong communication and collaborative skills in an international mileau are necessary. Experience of working with molecular cell biology techniques, molecular cloning, FACS are merits. Emphasis will be put on personal skills in the evaluation process.

Assessment criteria
A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. Karolinska Institutet uses the following bases of assessment:
- Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
- Analytical skill
- Other documented knowledge or experience that may be relevant to doctoral studies in the subject

The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Terms and conditions
All doctoral students at KI receive financial support during their doctoral education and employment on a doctoral studentship is the most common sort of support. During the time between recruitment and admission a short-term employment can be offered for up to 6 months.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
  • A copy of degree projects and any previous publications

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

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-951/2017
  • Anders Sönnerborg, anders.sonnerborg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65, carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Emilie Hultin, SACO, 08-585 811 68, emilie.hultin@ki.se
  • Karin Olsson, SEKO, karin.olsson@ki.se
Published 23.Feb.2017
Last application date 02.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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