Karolinska Institutet, the Department of Neuroscience, Kiehn

The Department of Neuroscience includes several research groups working on different aspects of nervous system function, both under normal conditions and in various disease states. Research projects include a broad range of studies on the molecular and cellular levels, networks of neurons, and the organization of the nervous system as a whole. The Department has a flat organization with 40 researchers, of which 24 are full professors and 65 PhD students.

Teaching represents a fundamental activity at the Department, which participates in several undergraduate courses and postgraduate education programs. Each year approximately 15 students receive their PhD from our Department and many of our graduates have gone onto distinguished careers in the academic or private sector.

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 research group of Professor Ole Kiehn attempts to understand mechanisms by which neurons and neuronal networks operate to generate movements. We study the molecular, cellular and network organization of spinal and brain locomotor circuitries, including their development and central control in mammals. We use both in vivo and in vitro techniques including electrophysiology, imaging, anatomy and mouse genetics. Part of the project will be performed in collaboration with the Kiehn lab at Copenhagen University.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student 
The main focus of this project is to identify novel groups of potential rhythm-generating neurons in the spinal locomotor circuitry. This will be done by I) defining new postnatal markers for excitatory interneurons using RNA sequencing and II) by manipulation of each of the newly identified neuronal populations to functionally determine their role in the locomotor circuitry.

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
For this position a master degree in Biology with a focus on Neuroscience is required. The successful applicant should be a positive goal-directed, curious a creative person who works well in teams.  A successful applicant also needs to have FELASA and previous experience of performing and analyzing behavioral studies in mice. Strong knowledge in neuro-anatomy and molecular biology is seen as an advantage together with previous experience in flourescence microscopy and image analysis. 

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 as soon as possible
Salary monthly salary
Reference number 2-4537/2017
  • Charlotte Borgius, Senior Researcher, lotta.borgius@ki.se
Published 05.Oct.2017
Last application date 26.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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