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 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 and is placed at the Department of NVS. 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 position is placed at the Department of Women’s and Children's Health where research on clinical and basic issues in the areas of women's and children's health is conducted. The department is divided into ten divisions, each with different scientific profiles and with several research groups. We also perform extensive education at the undergraduate medical programme, the Midwifery programme, specialist programs in paediatric care for nurses and physicians, as well as postgraduate education within the institution's entire research area.

The Division for Childhood Cancer Research is a renowned research unit consisting of several research groups that all work with studies on childhood cancer and blood disorders. The position is anchored in the Childhood Cancer Health Care Research group. The research group in question focuses on studies in the following teams: Intercultural care & clinical ethics; The child and the family in palliative care, as well as; Psychological and socioeconomic childhood cancer research. For more information regarding the research group, see: http://ki.se/en/kbh/childhood-cancer-health-care-research

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The research education project aims at exploring healthcare professionals' experiences of moral distress and their perceptions of the ethical climate in Nordic paediatric oncology. The project starts with the process of translating and culturally adapting the English translation of the Swedish version of a questionnaire to the Nordic languages/context according to established methods. The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish versions are done (2017) and the student will be involved in the process of the Finnish and the Icelandic versions. A focus group interview per language will be conducted by the doctoral student and national coordinator to compare word choices and formulations in the different translations and a review group will then synthesize the versions. Individual cognitive interviews will be conducted by the PhD student with the target group to test the questionnaire's responsiveness. After that, healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses and nurse assistants) at paediatric oncology centres in Finland and Iceland will be invited to answer the questionnaire in their respective languages. Data collection will be conducted by the doctoral student in cooperation with national coordinators at a specific time (meeting/education). Data collection in Sweden is completed with a response rate of just over 89% and data collection in Norway and Denmark will be completed in 2018. The doctoral student will, under supervision, conduct the analysis of data from all Nordic countries in a statistical program (SPSS) using descriptive statistics and non-parametric analysis of differences between groups (gender, professions, countries, 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 project requires that the applicant speak and write fluent Finnish to enable the work on the questionnaire and data collection. It is also an advantage if applicants speak and write Swedish (and Icelandic). Master's degree with major in nursing (focusing on paediatric care) or other topic or method relevant to the project will be particularly meritorious.

Skills and personal qualities
Good collaborative and social skills are a prerequisite for the current PhD student position, because collaboration with national coordinators and contact with the paediatric oncology centres are crucial in data collection. Possibility/willingness to travel to the various paediatric oncology centres (in Finland) in connection with the collection of data is also a prerequisite.

Good contacts in the paediatric oncology context (in Finland) 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 2-5941/2017
  • Pernilla Pergert, Assistant professor, Pernilla.Pergert@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
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Dahlin, OFR , 08-524 836 92
Published 18.Dec.2017
Last application date 19.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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