Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för medicin, Solna, Cardiovascular Medicine unit

The Department of Medicine, Solna, is one of the largest departments at Karolinska Institutet. The department consists of several units that are separated into different research groups. The core activities of the department are research, doctoral education and undergraduate education for medical and biomedical students. The research has three main profiles: allergy, cardiovascular medicine and inflammatory diseases.

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
The graduate student position is hosted by the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit, Department of Medicine, Solna, located at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM), Karolinska University Hospital, Solna. The research in bioelectronic medicine is led by Peder Olofsson. The primary research focus is neural control of inflammation. This research program brings together neurophysiology, molecular biology, bioengineering, computer science and clinical medicine in a highly collaborative effort to develop new technology to diagnose and treat inflammatory disease.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The doctoral student will focus on interfaces between nerves and immune cells. The project will involve in vivo and in vitro work, particularly in animal surgery, microscopy, electrophysiology, and molecular immunology. Collaboration with bioengineers, immunologists and neuroscientists will be important.

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
We expect you to be a very creative, intellectually independent, dedicated and a hardworking person with a passion for science. An excellent ability to plan, perform and finish experiments with great scientific rigor coupled with meticulous and transparent record-keeping is important. The student should be proficient in consistently applying reliable, reproducible, high-quality laboratory methodology, ideally including fluorescence microscopy, standard methods in molecular biology, and handling of laboratory mice.

Good collaborative skills are vital as the nature of the work requires extensive interaction with co-workers from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.

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 English:

An application must contain the following documents in English:

1, A ½ page (≤2000 words) statement of personal goals for the doctoral studies
2. A ½ page (≤2000 words) summary of achievements to date
3. A personal letter and curriculum vitae
4. A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
5. A copy of degree projects and previous publications

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

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-1005/2017
  • Peder Olofsson, Senior Researcher, +46 8 517 716 67
Union representative
  • Lars Ährlund-Richter, SACO, 08 - 5177 34 50, lars.ahrlund@ki.se
  • Nasrin Bavand-Chobot, OFR, Nasrin.Bavand@ki.se
Published 23.Feb.2017
Last application date 23.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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