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 research group is headed by Jenny Mjösberg, and is active at the Center for Infectious Medicine, Karolinska Institutet Huddinge. The research group is focused on studying the function of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) and their role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer (CRC).

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
Our research group studies primary lymphocytes obtained from patients with IBD. We study these lymphocytes on the single-cell level, using cutting edge techniques such as RNA sequencing and advanced flow cytometric analysis and sorting. To provide mechanistic insight into lymphocyte function, we utilize and develop in vitro cell assays. In this project we will also explore the epigenetic regulation of ILC differentiation and plasticity.

  1. Experiments on human primary lymphocytes from patients

  2. Techniques for cellular and molecular biology (flow cytometric analysis and sorting, epigenetics (ATAC-seq), RNA-sequencing, in vitro cell assaying, immunofluorescence, gene silencing/over expression, ELISA, etc.)


The successful candidate is expected to play a critical role in formulating scientific research hypotheses, testing the hypotheses using proper study design, analyzing the data, presenting and interpreting the results, and writing scientific reports and articles in English.

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

State here any other formal entry requirements, beside the above, that an applicant must have to be considered for this project.

Skills and personal qualities
To qualify, the applicant must have a background in medicine, biomedicine, molecular cell biology, immunology, or equivalent. Merit is previous lab experience, especially with flow cytometry, isolation of primary lymphocytes from mucosal tissues. Great advantage is previous work with innate lymphoid cells. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team. Fluency in English is a requirement.

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 2-1975/2017
Contact
  • Jenny Mjösberg, Jenny.mjosberg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Mats Rudling, SACO, mats.rudling@ki.se
  • Yvonne Edlund OFR/ST , yvonne.edlund@ki.se
Published 12.Apr.2017
Last application date 02.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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