Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

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 and is placed at the Department of NVS. For more information about the Doctoral School of Health Sciences, see http://ki.se/nvs/forskarskolan-i-vardvetenskap-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 be working in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at KI. Within the department we have approximately 140 PhD students involved in a many different research projects. The research at the Department of Women's and Children's Health deals with both basic and clinical science and focuses on women's and children's health. The research takes place within ten different divisions with separate scientific profiles. The divisions vary in size and consist of several research groups. The PhD student will be active in the research group IPISTOS and work within the framework of the proposed project. The IPISTOS group is an interdisciplinary research group including experts in the field of health care sciences and midwifery, neonatology, clinical and preclinical sciences, and psychology. The group members are at different stages of their careers. The group has an extensive national and international network with researchers from different professions.  

The IPISTOSS Project, research duties of the student and doctoral education The IPISTOSS project will examine whether the intervention of immediate skin-to-skin contact (iSSC) between both parent and their very premature newborn after birth is more effective than conventional care (CC) in enhancing breastfeeding rates, mother-infant interaction and cortisol attunement during the first 24 months postpartum. IPISTOSS is a randomized controlled trial with multilevel measurements and a bio-behavioural approach taking place in Stockholm and Stavanger between 04/2017 - 04/2019. Women who will give birth to preterm babies (n=150) in pregnancy weeks 28/0-32/6 will be enrolled and randomized to iSSC with the newborn, initiated within 60 minutes after birth, or CC, defined as care with maternal-neonate separation in incubators. At 5 visits, validated measurements will assess infant health, socio-emotional and neurodevelopment, breastfeeding outcomes and mother-infant interaction. Mother and infant saliva cortisol levels will be measured. Statistical analyses will include multivariate approaches. The study has ethical approval. SSC is a cost effective and feasible method for staff and parents. It is unknown, whether SSC has the same beneficial effects on very premature as on term infants. Our results will be vital for future development of intervention strategies for this high-risk population. The study has received funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and Strategic Area Health Care Science (SFO-V) at KI.

As a doctoral student, the student’s primary responsibilities will be to recruit patients to the study and coordinate and manage the study at two neonatal departments in Stockholm. The student will learn extensively about feeding in and manage data and computer software such as SPSS and/or R. She/he will analyze data, present data in scientific papers and at conferences together with supervisors and group members. The student will learn about data analysis and diverse computer software including SPSS and R and will learn and use various research methods and approaches and methods for analysis (quantitative and qualitative design and analyses).

In addition to research, at KI we are also engaged in education at both undergraduate (MD program), specialist (paediatric nurses, midwives, physicians), and postgraduate levels. During periods where the student is not collecting data or participating in courses, the PhD student will primarily be located at the Division of reproductive health, where the midwife education program is located.

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

Skills and personal qualities
We are searching for a talented and very motivated student with a master degree within the field of health care science, midwifery, medicine and / or psychology. The student we are looking for is highly interested in research. The candidate needs to have an excellent feeling for teamwork and communication, must be able to work independently. The candidate must have excellent skills in written and spoken Swedish and English. The candidate must follow the ”Code of conduct” by Karolinska Institutet. Previous experiences and knowledge from similar projects and / or neonatal ward is highly meriting and we reward candidates who have experience of method and / or analyses mentioned in the project description.

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 2-5938/2017
  • Wibke Jonas, Lecturer, wibke.jonas@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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