Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

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.

The Doctoral School of Health Care Sciences at Karolinska Institutet 
The Doctoral School of Health Care Sciences co-finances PhD students during four-year full-time studies. The doctoral students are offered a coherent structure of courses and targeted activities throughout their doctoral education. The aim is to strengthen scientific research at doctoral education in health care sciences and to promote high quality care research in close relations to health care. The focus is not on specific occupational groups but on interdisciplinary and multiple academic disciplines. The graduate school was established following a decision by the Board of Doctoral Education (FUS) 2009-03-05. For more information about the Doctoral School of Health Sciences, see http://ki.se/nvs/forskolani-vitenskapsvetenskap-fiv (only in Swedish)

After a candidate is selected, an admission process commences. The candidate is admitted as a student once an individual study plan for the doctoral education has been approved by the departmental admission board.  

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral

Research group
The PhD student will belong to the research group Physical activity and Sports Medicine, at the division of Physiotherapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. The group is led by associate professor Maria Hagströmer and consists of three PhD students, two post-docs, one junior and two senior researchers. The group has established routines for research groups meetings. At the division of Physiotherapy a room dedicated for PhD-students, journal clubs and other networks of importance for the PhD student are available.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The project consists of a controlled trial, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and a qualitative study. The PhD student will be part of all three studies to various extents. For example, the student will under supervision be part in the co-design of the digital activity board, the design of the RCT-study, educate physiotherapists in the Primary Care, be responsible for data collection in the controlled and RCT as well as transcriptions of the interviews collected for the qualitative study, analyze the data for all included studies and write the manuscripts.

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

Since the project is run at a hospital and in Primary Care it is compulsory that the applicant is a registered health care professional, ex Physiotherapist or a Nurse, as well as have excellent Swedish skills.

Skills and personal qualities
It is a requirement that the applicant is a registered health care professional, such as Physiotherapist or Nurse. It is a merit with experience in working with Cancer patients and specifically with patients that have undergone abdominal surgery. It is also a merit with previous experience in clinical research such as data collection and interest and competences in measurement of movements using wearable sensors and digital development. We value competences in teamwork, flexibility, capability to work for deadlines and set goals and personal characteristics.

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 Varbi recruitment system.

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Reference number 2-5950/2017
  • Maria Hagströmer, Senior lecturer, docent, 08-524 888 36, maria.hagströmer@ki.se
  • Anna-Maria Loimi, Samordnare FiV, 08-524 864 36, anna-maria.loimi@ki.se
  • Mona Hellstadius, HR supervisor, 08-524 868 14, mona.hellstadius@ki.se
Union representative
  • Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53, Agneta.Ohlen@ki.se
  • Carina Dahlin, OFR , 08-524 836 92
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 13.Dec.2017
Last application date 19.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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