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 both at the Division of physiotherapy (http://ki.se/en/nvs/division-of-physiotherapy) and the Aging Research Center (ARC; http://ki-su-arc.se/), which are both divisions at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet. ARC is a multidisciplinary research center with focus on health in aging. The research group consists of researchers with extensive expertise in areas such as physiotherapy, geriatric epidemiology, neurology, psychology, sociology, pharmacology and statistics. We use large population-based studies to examine changes in health during aging from a medical, psychological and psychosocial perspective. The Division of physiotherapy conducts education and research in physiotherapy at the undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate levels. The division has around 40 employees and 20 registered PhD students. The division is in an expansive phase in terms of education and research.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The doctoral project will include both quantitative and qualitative studies and different analytical methods will be employed. The first study will be based on longitudinal data from a population-based study of older people. The second, third and fourth studies will be based on clinical data that will be collected using questionnaires and interviews. Work tasks for the PhD student include statistical analysis of already collected data (first study), writing ethical application, collecting data through questionnaires and interviews, conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis (study 2-4), and writing scientific reports (all studies). The project will be implemented in collaboration with researchers at ARC, and the Divisions of Physiotherapy and Nursing.

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, public health or epidemiology. The applicant must also demonstrate good knowledge in Swedish and English, both in speech and writing.

Skills and personal qualities
The applicant must have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively with others in a team of researchers. Furthermore, the applicant should be structured and analytical. Experience with using statistical software such as SPSS, Stata or SAS is a merit. Likewise, knowledge / experience from population-based studies or other research, and experience from clinical work or research in geriatrics, elderly care, primary care, or other area related to health care / health promotion among older adults are also merits.     

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 2-5943/2017
  • Anna-Karin Welmer, Senior lecturer, anna-karin.welmer@ki.se, 08-690 68 66
  • 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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