Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för biovetenskaper och näringslära, Eriksson (MER)

The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition performs research and education in several areas of medical science including bioorganic chemistry, molecular endocrinology, cancer biology, functional genomics, systems biology, epigenetics, structural biochemistry, cellular virology, and nutrition. It offers an excellent international research and working environment, including around 300 scientists, students, administrative and technical personnel. The Department resides in the new biomedical research building Neo, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.

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 student position is now open in the research group of Associate Professor Maria Eriksson to study disease mechanisms and therapeutic treatment options in progeria premature aging. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is a very rare disorder that affects children and results in several clinical features reminiscent of aging. The majority of the affected tissues are of mesenchymal orgin with previous in vitro studies supporting the interference of the function of mesenchymal stem cells.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The student will be responsible for his / her own project and should be able to work well within a team of research group members and collaborators. The research work includes standard molecular biological techniques, Next generation applications for genome-wide and targeted analysis and phenotyping of in vitro and in vivo disease models. The student should, with the guidance from the supervisor(s), be able to plan and perform experiments, analyze results, write scientific articles, and present results at scientific meetings.

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
A successful applicant is expected to be a talented and highly motivated person, with good communication skills. Undergraduate/master degree in Biomedicine, Molecular Biology, Molecular or medical genetics, or similar is desirable. Since the study involve the analysis of the contribution of mesenchymal stem cells to the progeria phenotype using various mouse models previous experience from work with mice and stem cell research is advantageous.
Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment enl. ök
Salary månadslön
Reference number 2-1970/2017
  • Thomas Tinglöv, Administrative Chief, 08-524 835 49
  • Maria Eriksson, PhD, 08-524 810 66
Union representative
  • Joseph Rafter, SACO, 08-524 83 545
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Kristina Lindqvist, OFR, 08-524 810 28
Published 03.May.2017
Last application date 31.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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