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.

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
Prof. Kivipelto has the Stockholm Sjukhem’s professorial chair in Clinical Geriatrics at Karolinska Institutet, and she is leading the multidisciplinary research team known as ‘Nordic Brain Network’ (NBN). NBN is composed of about 30 people, it is based in the Division of Clinical Geriatrics at NVS-Department, and belongs to two internationally leading centers; Center for Alzheimer Research and Aging Research Center.

The NBN group focuses on clinical and translational research on prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Prof Kivipelto’s team has identified several modifiable and treatable risk factors for dementia/AD, including interactions between genetic and environmental factors.

Prof. Kivipelto is also Head of the Clinical Trials Unit at the Memory Clinic, Karolinska University Hospital where the team is carrying out prevention trials testing multidomain interventions to prevent AD and is involved in several phase I-III drug trials for AD.

The NBN team is involved in several large international projects and networks.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student (PhD candidate)
This doctoral education project will focus on the investigation of mentally stimulating activities across the lifespan (educational attainment, occupational complexity, leisure activities, physical activity), in relation to the onset and progression of cognitive decline, dementia and AD. The project is based on both observational studies and multidomain intervention studies (randomized clinical trials) on dementia prevention. The focus will be on both cognitive changes, as well as structural and functional brain changes, examined through neuroimaging (PET and MRI). 

Tasks of the PhD student include data analysis, from both population- and clinic-based datasets, interpretation and reporting (i.e., writing scientific articles) of results. For some of the studies, the PhD candidate will also take a more active role in data cleaning and preparing data files for analyses.

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 should have relevant second-cycle background, preferably in psychology or medicine. Understanding of neuropsychological tests and neuroimaging data (MRI, PET) is a plus. Applicants with prior research experience dealing with neuroimaging data and those who are clinically experienced in both the analyses and application of neuropsychological assessment will be given a higher rank.

Basic knowledge in epidemiology, statistics and neuroscience is also an advantage.

Skills and personal qualities 
The applicant will be part of a dynamic international research team, and he/she should be driven and motivated, able to think open-minded, have good communication skills, an ability to work independently at a multidisciplinary level, as well as show team-working abilities and interpersonal skills.

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/Part-time
Reference number 2-1816/2017
  • Miia Kivipelto, Professor,, miia.kivipelto@ki.se, 073-99 409 22
  • Mona Hellstadius, HR,, 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, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 05.Apr.2017
Last application date 26.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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