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)

We are recruiting a student for doctoral education. 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 work at the Department of Physiotherapy (http://ki.se/nvs/sektionen-forfysioterapi), Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet. The main task for the Division of physiotherapy is to conduct education and research in physiotherapy. Teaching is performed on ground, advanced and research levels. The division has about 40 employees and 20 PhD students. It is in an expansive phase regarding education as well as research.

The PhD student will work in two research groups at the division - Erika Franzén's research group (http://ki.se/en/nvs/franzen-group), which has specific experience in previous and ongoing research in the field of advanced balancing for several patient groups, and in Charlotte Ytterberg's research group (http://ki.se/nvs/neuroepidemiologi-och-halso-och-sjukvardsforskning) to which principal supervisor Sverker Johansson belongs. The project group includes master students, PhD students, postdocs, junior and senior researchers. The group has regularly meetings, journal clubs, seminars, etc., which will increase the PhD student's ability to learn and further develop his / her skills in research over the four years.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
As a PhD student in this research project, you will work with a multidisciplinary project that spans several parts – movement-, balance- and cognitive functions – with the purpose to support people with MS to be able to move and stay active and participating in everyday life. The research project is structured in three parts in which you as a PhD student will be involved in and gradually be more responsible for. In the first part, walking and balance skills are studied in people with MS. Part two is a co-design project aimed at developing a challenging training program for people with MS, which will then be tested in the third part of the research project, a randomized controlled trial. The work will be done in collaboration with researchers at the Division of physiotherapy. Both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods will be used. You will recruit research persons, collect data and analyze them using qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, compile results, and write scientific reports. You will, in the meanwhile, participate in scientific general courses as well as specific courses within your subject area. Your assignments will also include participation in the research group's activities, meetings, journal clubs, seminars etc.

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

The applicant must have a master's degree with an educational background in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine, nursing or public health. The applicant must also demonstrate good knowledge of Swedish and English, both in writing and orally.

Skills and personal qualities
Advantageous skills for this project is to have experience and knowledge of clinical neurophysiology, exercise physiology, and / or movement analysis. Previous experiences in managing large datasets is a merit. It is no requirement but desirable and worthy if you have experience and knowledge of the disease multiple sclerosis or other neuroinflammatory or neurodegenerative diseases, of rehabilitation of motor and cognitive functions as well as of other care in people with these diseases. You should be initiative, structured and creative. Ability to work independently and flexible at a multidisciplinary level and to show-team-working abilities and interpersonal skills is of importance. You should be good at presenting your ideas and results verbally and in text in both Swedish and English.

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
Reference number 2-5946/2017
  • Sverker Johansson, Adjunct lecturer, Sverker.Johansson@ki.se
  • Anna-Maria Loimi, Coordinator FiV, anna-maria.loimi@ki.se, 08-524 864 36
  • Mona Hellstadius, HR Supervisor, mona.hellstadius@ki.se, 08-524 868 14
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 18.Dec.2017
Last application date 19.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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