Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för medicin, Solna, Dermatology and Venereology unit

The Department of Medicine, Solna, is one of the largest departments at Karolinska Institutet. The department consists of several units that are separated into different research groups. The core activities of the department are research, doctoral education and undergraduate education for medical and biomedical students. The research has three main profiles: allergy, cardiovascular medicine and inflammatory diseases.

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 Dermatology and Venereology unit is located at the Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital.

The Unit for Molecular Medicine at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) is a nationally leading and internationally competitive environment for studies of tissue inflammation with ample interaction between groups interested in different aspects of basic and applied molecular and cellular immunology. The Eidsmo laboratory offers an international and interdisciplinary research environment, where collaborative efforts are expected. The laboratory offers state-of-the art cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry facilities.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
In healthy skin, tissue resident T cells form an efficient barrier against recurrent pathogens but these cells also participate in localized tissue pathology. This doctoral project will focus on human tissue resident T cells in both healthy and diseased skin and is a continuation of an established project (Cheuk et al. Immunity 2017). The doctoral student will be immersed in a successful, interdisciplinary collaboration between main supervisor Dr. Liv Eidsmo and co-supervisors Dr. Yenan Bryceson, HERM, Karolinska Institutet, Dr. Keira Melican, Neuroscience Karolinska Institutet and Dr. Marcus Ehrström, Reconstructive Surgery Karolinska University Hospital, all Stockholm, Sweden. We seek a highly motivated student interested in tissue immunology, wishing to pursue a PhD in medical science. The studies will include work on patient material, cell lines and primary skin-derived cells. The work also includes animal model systems and handling of laboratory animals. Methodology will range from advanced cell sorting to cutting-edge molecular and imaging techniques.

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
- MSc or MD with a background in immunology or tissue biology.
- Knowledge of experimental techniques within immunology and molecular biology.
- We seek enthusiastic and hard-working individuals with a critical mind and a strong drive to pursue a career in science.
- Excellent communication skills and abilities to collaborate and work in a highly dynamic international research team are essential.
- Excellent skills in English, written and spoken.

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 MyNetwork recruitment system.

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-1059/2017
  • Liv Eidsmo, M.D, Ph.D., +46 8 5177 21 58
Union representative
  • Lars Ährlund-Richter, SACO, +46 8 5177 34 50, lars.ahrlund@ki.se
  • Nasrin Bavand-Chobot, OFR, Nasrin.Bavand@ki.se
Published 27.Feb.2017
Last application date 24.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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