Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet conducts research and teaching in immunology, infection biology, cell biology and cancer. MTC has about 430 active employees, including 100 PhD students, 50 postdoctoral researchers and 26 professors. Key words are multidisciplinary, bridging, translational, national and international collaborations.

A doctoral position is an available doctoral education project to which a PhD student is to be recruited. After the selection process the process for admission to doctoral education will commence. An admission decision will not be taken until an individual study plan has been approved by the departmental admission board.

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral

Research group
The Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology announces an opportunity to join the research lab of Assistant Professor Georgios A. Sotiriou as a PhD student in nanotechnology-based diagnostics. The lab has extensive experience in the flame synthesis of nanoparticles and assembly of devices with focus on superior performance. The lab’s mission is to develop nanobiomaterials, tools and methods for medicine using engineering sciences. The research in this lab is highly multidisciplinary combining expertise from material engineering, bioengineering and health sciences. This allows for the design of biomaterials that exhibit the desired functionality in applications ranging from diagnostics (biosensors) to therapeutic interventions. We place specific emphasis in the fight against infections and antimicrobial resistance using innovative solutions with functional nanoscale materials.

For more information about the research see webpages http://ki.se/en/people/geosot and https://sotirioulab.net

For any questions please contact Assistant Professor Dr. Georgios A. Sotiriou at georgios.sotiriou@ki.se

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The PhD studies correspond to 4 years of full-time studies. This includes lab work, courses, seminars, and presentation of results at meetings. Other responsibilities include development of methodology and work routines, literature review, statistical analysis and draft scientific manuscripts.

Nanotechnology can be used to accurately detect diseases (e.g. microbial infections) rapidly at low cost since nanoparticles may be surface functionalized to interact with antibodies or other relevant biomolecules enabling their fast and efficient detection. Such nano-enabled biosensors would offer a viable alternative to point-of-care standard testing where a rapid result is crucial. Thus, there is an urgent societal need regarding the rapid and efficient detection of diseases that has yet to be addressed. Furthermore, there is an urgent industrial need for systematic investigations of nano-based technologies in order to obtain a fundamental understanding on the parameters that control their performance.

This project will address both the above important societal and industrial needs by economically manufacturing nano-based robust diagnostics with superior performance and reproducibility without the use of sophisticated and expensive infrastructure. We will use flame aerosol technology for nanoparticle synthesis and their deposition on substrates and develop novel biosensors to accurately and reliably detect biomarkers for specific diseases such as bacterial infections.

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 looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates who have a degree in Chemical and/or Process Engineering, Material Science and/or Engineering or related fields. Experience of nanoparticle characterization techniques is advantageous and flame nanoparticle synthesis is advantageous but not required. Since the applicant will work in a multidisciplinary environment the ability to work with other scientist and good communication skills are important.

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 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 MyNetwork recruitment system.

Type of employment Promotieplaats
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-3848/2017
Contact
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Georgios A. Sotiriou,, georgios.sotiriou@ki.se
Union representative
  • Nasrin Bavand-Chobot, OFR,, Nasrin.Bavand@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Daisy Hjelmqvist, SACO, daisy.hjelmqvist@ki.se
Published 25.Aug.2017
Last application date 15.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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