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

The research environment
The candidate will work in a joint project involving both researchers at Erika Franzéns group at the Division of Physiotherapy and Martin Lövdén group at Aging Research Centre (ARC) at NVS, KI, with supervision from both environments. The research groups and consists of junior and senior researchers, postdoc, PhD students and master students. For more information, see http://ki.se/en/nvs/franzen-group and http://hjarnlabbet.weebly.com/

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The position is in a large research project, BETA-PD (Balance, Elderly, Training and Activity in Parkinson’s Disease) which aims to translate knowledge from basic neuroscience into applied research and clinical understanding and implement the evaluation methods and training programs into clinical practice. Our main hypothesis is that highly challenging exercise will lead to greater gait and balance ability as well as increased levels of physical activity and that neuroplastic changes will be seen in corresponding areas of the brain.

The main aim of this PhD project is to characterize the neuro-anatomical features of PD by linking physical and cognitive functions to structural and functional features in the brain. The aim is also to evaluate neuroplastic changes by means of magnetic resonance imaging after a period of highly challenging balance training in people with mild to moderate PD.

Expectations for the doctoral student
The project will require combining advanced neuroimaging and data analysis in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and healthy elderly individuals. Hence, it is important that the student has a strong interest in neuroimaging data preprocessing and statistical analysis.

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. Previous experience with multivariate analysis and neuroimaging software is highly meritorious. Coding skills (e.g. MATLAB, shell-scripting, R) and familiarity with fMRI experiments are a plus. Good communication and writing skills in English are a requirement. Communication skills in Swedish is a plus but not a requirement. Clinical experience and in depth knowledge in individuals with neurological disorders is a plus as well as experience of cognitive and motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease or other neurodegenerative disorders.

Skills and personal qualities
The candidate is expected to show good communication skills, an ability to work independently at a multidisciplinary level and to 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
Reference number 2-1980/2017
  • Erika Franzén, Senior lecturer,, erika.franzen@ki.se, +46 8 585 888 78
  • Martin Lövdén, Professor,, martin.lovden@ki.se, +46 8 690 58 79
  • Mona Hellstadius, HR, , mona.hellstadius@ki.se, +46 8 524 868 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 12.Apr.2017
Last application date 03.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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