Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

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 candidate will work at the Division of Neurogeriatrics, where we use cell biological and other systems to study mechanisms behind Alzheimer Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders and integrate basic science and clinical research. The research group where the PhD student will be positioned is interested in identifying novel targets and biomarkers that may lead to improved therapeutic approaches to Alzheimer disease and other dementias.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The aim of this project is to study the mechanisms involved in formation of amyloid beta-peptides, which are neurotoxic agents in Alzheimer disease. The PhD student will use genetic code expansion technology to study the amyloid beta-peptide producing machinery in cultured neurons.

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 applicant should have a background in biotechnology, biomedicine, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry or similar. The student should be well acquainted with basic biochemical and cell biological techniques, cell culturing and have experience in cloning strategies. Previous experience from neuroscience, membrane proteins, protein labeling, confocal microscopy and amber codon technology is meritorious. The candidate is expected to have good communication skills, team-working abilities as well as ability to work independently.

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 2-2443/2017
  • Sophia Schedin Weiss, Senior Researcher, , sophia.schedin.weiss@ki.se,+46(0) 8 585 83625
  • Lars Tjernberg, Senior Lecturer,, lars.tjernberg@ki.se, +46 (0) 8 585 83501
Union representative
  • Carina Dahlin, OFR , 08-524 836 92
  • Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53, Agneta.Ohlen@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 12.May.2017
Last application date 02.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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