The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

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:

Research group

The cardiorenal epidemiology unit lead by Assoc Prof. Juan Jesus Carrero is a dynamic research environment that explores the healthcare implications of chronic kidney disease in a variety of national and international registers, but with a special focus in the Stockholm Creatinine Measurements Project.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student

In this doctoral education project, the student will master and carry out epidemiological analyses of diverse complexity and wide range of exposures, with focus on longitudinal designs, pharmacoepidemiological methods and causal inference. The topic of investigation will relate to the epidemics of chronic kidney disease and pharmacosafety in these patients. The student will be responsible for his own projects and, in addition, it is expected that he/she will actively take part in other projects, both within the group and with our national and international collaborators.

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 and by personal interview.
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:

Necessary skills include a background education in biostatistics or bioinformatics.

Desirable skills include previous epidemiological research experience with, for example, research stays at other research centers or demonstrated involvement in scientific publications.

Skills and personal qualities

Personal qualities: we are interested in a social, extrovert student who likes to work in a team and contribute to the atmosphere and growth of the unit.

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 2-2236/2017
  • Åsa Agréus, HR-handläggare,
  • Juan-Jesus Carrero-Roig, Assistant Professor,
Union representative
  • Ann Almqvist, OFR, 08-524 861 99
  • Ulrika Zagai, SACO, 08--524 871 84,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80,
Published 15.May.2017
Last application date 29.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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