The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

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 Unit of Epidemiology conducts research to improve the understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the risk and prognosis of diseases, particularly cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Strong emphasis is put on the development of epidemiological theory and methods.  Our research group currently runs a project about the ageing population. The overall aims of this project are to investigate causes for the pronounced reduction in old age mortality during the previous decades and centuries and to project future developments in health and disease burden in an ageing population. We are a multidisciplinary team primarily working with data from Swedish population registers and combine methods and knowledge from epidemiology, demography, and sociology. More information can be found at

We are now looking for a doctoral student for the upcoming 4 years with start in September 2017.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
This doctoral education project aims at describing and understanding trends in mortality, morbidity, and life expectancy among the old in Sweden. It will also include modelling future projections of incidence and prevalence of common diseases among the old, particularly cardiovascular diseases. The project is based on large-scale data from Swedish population registers. The doctoral student will use demographic and epidemiologic methods and work independently with the design of quantitative studies and advanced statistical analyses. Supervision will be provided by both epidemiologists and demographers.

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:

To be eligible, the applicant must hold a Master’s (second-cycle) degree in Epidemiology or Public Health with a strong focus on epidemiologic methods. The candidate should possess excellent communication and writing skills in English. The position requires strong analytical skills and a very good command of statistical software (Stata and SAS).

Skills and personal qualities
We are looking for a motivated applicant with a strong background in epidemiology and the ability to work productively in a multidisciplinary research team. A candidate holding a degree in demography, epidemiology or quantitative sociology will be prioritized. Experience and knowledge in more than one of these disciplines is a strong merit. Participation in the European Doctoral School of Demography or comparable programs is a merit. A good understanding of Swedish is desirable since the position requires independent work with Swedish register data. Furthermore, the project includes cooperation with researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, which is why a good understanding of German is a merit. The position requires strong analytical skills and a very good command of statistical software (Stata and SAS). The applicant should have experience with register-based research and longitudinal data analysis. The applicant should possess good interpersonal skills as well as the capacity to work independently and critically evaluate results as well as strong writing 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 2-3369/2017
  • Karin Modig, forskarassistent ,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80,
  • Malahat Mousavi, SACO-S, 08-524 875 24
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-524 854 19
Published 07.Jul.2017
Last application date 21.Jul.2017 11:59 PM CET

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