Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge

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

The department of Medicine in Huddinge consists of seven units with a total of nearly 60 research groups, including three research centers. Our ambition is to be the leading department for medical research and education. We also give several courses within the Study Programme in Medicine and have a strong tradition of pedagogical development.

Research group
We are offering two PhD positions in the field of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology, in the research group of Assistant Professor Sidinh Luc, at the Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM). The main research focus of the Luc laboratory is to study the function and epigenetic regulation of hematopoietic stem cells in normal development using genetic mouse modeling, and cell and molecular biological methods (Luc et al., Cell Rep. 2016 Sep 20;16(12):3181-94; Luis et al., Nat Immunol. 2016 Dec;17(12):1424-1435). At HERM, the group is part of an international and highly interactive research environment within cellular and molecular regulation of hematopoiesis.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
In the first project, the aim will be to study the functional significance of different hematopoietic stem cells employing both genetic mouse modeling and in vitro assays. In the second project, the aim will be to identify epigenetic regulators that are important for the function of different hematopoietic stem cell populations, using mouse models and genome editing techniques.

Qualifications/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
  1. 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
  1. 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/entryrequirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

Skills and personal qualities
The applicants are expected to be talented and enthusiastic researchers with a strong research drive. Authorship on research articles is highly meritable, as is previous training in research laboratories, preferably at international well-known institutes. Prior experience with mouse work and flow cytometry is desirable. The candidates are expected to elaborate in scientific hypotheses, experimental design, experimentation, and presentation/publication of results. The candidate must be able to work within a team environment but retain independence to explore their own hypotheses and results, and drive their own projects. Personal suitability will be a strong selection criterion.

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
First day of employment According to agreement
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2444/2017
  • Sidinh Luc, Ph.D., Group leader, Assistant Prof., sidinh.luc@ki.se
Union representative
  • Mats Rudling, SACO, mats.rudling@ki.se
  • Yvonne Edlund OFR/ST , yvonne.edlund@ki.se
Published 11.May.2017
Last application date 24.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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