Karolinska Institutet,

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 is conducted in collaboration with other research groups from the Karolinska Institutet, with other universities as well as the Stockholm County Council.
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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 overarching aim of the research group MENTE (Mental health and social integraion) is to bridge research traditions in psychiatric epidemiology and insurance medicine. The main interest is on including aspects of work ability and labour market inclusion in studies related to ethiology and prognosis of mental disorders and suicidal behaviour. The research group carries out epidemiological studies in three main research areas, namely: 1) ethiology and prognosis of youth suicidal behaviour; 2) mental disorders, comorbidity and work disability and 3) mental health and migration. The research group is part of the Division of Insurance medicine with approximately 30 employees.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
We are looking for a highly motivated person with interest in psychiatric epidemiology and insurance medicine. The project includes using various epidemiological designs and statistical techniques applied on a very large dataset. The PhD student will work in a larger project, investigating associations between migration status, social marginalisation and suicidal behaviur, with Associate Professor Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz as main supervisor. A specific focus will be on refugees.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
To be eligible for doctoral education following requirements have 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 applicant should have a degree in medicine, psychology, sociology, statistics, natural sciences or similar studies at advanced level. The applicant should be self-motivated, have good analytical competence, and a high capacity to work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement. Previous experience with quantitative data analysis and scientific publications (including master thesis or equivalent) in English are merits.

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
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons working in research environments
  • 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
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Reference number 2-2250/2017
  • Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Associate Professor, +468-524 82025
  • Kajsa Agnevik, HR administrator, +468-524 83282
Union representative
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37, arsalan.amir@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Gunnel Brolin, OFR, 08-524 810 63, gunnel.brolin@ki.se
Published 09.May.2017
Last application date 12.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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