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
Integrative care aim to be sensitive to the patients' freedom of choice as well as safety and effectiveness and acknowledges health and wellness of the whole person including biological, psychological, social and existential aspects, and is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The objective of the integrative care research constellation is to increase academic knowledge about the potentials and pitfalls of integrative care from different stakeholder perspectives and to explore its relevance for different health care professions including nursing. A long-term objective is to contribute to integrative care health sector reform and best practice development based on findings from broad and multidisciplinary research projects where qualitative and quantitative research findings are combined to inform decision making.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The overall aim of the PhD student project is to develop the health care sciences foundation for understanding people with long-term pain, their existential health, suffering and care and potential implications for genomic sustainability. The present research questions are thus how people's perception of existential health manifests itself in different healthcare environments, which more or less emphasize existential aspects in their care programs, and if expression of existential health in prolonged pain can be measured by validated instruments or genomic sustainability. The student's participation in the clinical part is limited as most of the raw data are collected. However, from the educational point of view, the doctoral student will learn about the clinical part from other project members in this cross-disciplinary project, which is unique in its commitment to a broad arsenal of quantitative measurements of both health and disease status as well as existential health. The two clinical environments for the project included pain centers at the University Hospital in Linköping and Vidarkliniken outside Stockholm.

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

Applicant must be a registered nurse. Desirable clinical experience is from rehabilitation and multimodal treatment programs with a focus on chronic diseases. Earlier studies and interest in existential issues in relation to health are meritorious. Good language proficiency in English is a requirement because some supervision will be in English and that the PhD student is expected to attend and present research results at international scientific conferences.

Skills and personal qualities
The PhD student should have shown skills in formulating in writing in essay or equivalent. Some experience in research with both qualitative and quantitative research methods is desirable. Good testimonials in connection with clinical service and responsiveness to chronic pain patients are meritorious.

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 2-5945/2017
  • Torkel Falkenberg, Researcher, 08-524 838 68, Torkel.Falkenberg@ki.se
  • Anna-Maria Loimi, Coordinator 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 18.Dec.2017
Last application date 19.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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