Karolinska Institutet, Department of Women's and Children's Health

The Department is organized in 10 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Surgery, Neuropediatrics, Pediatric Oncology, Neonatology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Neuropsychiatry (KIND), Reproductive and Perinatal Health. The divisions have separate scientific profiles and vary in size and have several research groups, dealing with both basic and clinical science.

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 position is available in the research group of Dr. Ninib Baryawno and Dr. John Inge Johnsen. The research involves translational studies of medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma, two childhood diseases of the nervous system, with a particular focus on molecular characterization of new drugs in vitro and in vivo. The successful candidate will work within projects that aim to understand development of disease and delineate mechanisms that lead to tumor resistance after conventional cancer therapy. Specifically, the candidate will be investigating the role of the immune system and metabolism in relation to development, progress, metastasis and resistance.

Recent relevant publications of the research group include: Baryawno et al., Cancer Res 2010; Baryawno et al., JCI 2011; Wickström et al., Nature Com 2015. Baryawno et al., Cell Stem Cell 2017; Dyberg et al., PNAS 2017.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student 
The PhD studies correspond to 4 years of full time studies that include laboratory work as well as animal work, general and project related research courses, active participation in seminars and to present results at seminars and meetings. Research exchange in other countries might be necessary. The position is for doctoral studies and involves cellular and molecular studies of the embryonic tumor medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma, with the main emphasis of understanding the primary mechanism(s) of cancer resistance.

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 are seeking a highly motivated, creative person with an interest for preclinical studies in vitro and in vivo. The person is expected to actively contribute to both the practical and theoretical parts of the project, and share results and insights with other group members. Applicants should hold a masters' degree (or equivalent) in biomedicine, pharmacology or another relevant life science. Previous experience with laboratory work with preclinical mouse models in neuroscience is seen as a requirement.

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 2-3674/2017
  • Ninib Baryawno , 08-517 77 515
Union representative
  • Lars Ährlund-Richter, SACO, 08-5177 34 50, lars.ahrlund@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65, carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 25.Aug.2017
Last application date 17.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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