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
The student will join a group of researchers led by Associate Professor Dorota Religa focusing on dementia and BPSD (behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia). Dementia is one of our fastest growing endemic diseases and poses a major challenge to our health care system. The group is well-financed and projects supported by grants from the Swedish Research Council (VR). The group consists of clinicians who work at least half time with research.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The PhD student is expected to drive projects on comprehensive understanding of the behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD) and treatment and other strategies to care of those patients. The project is based on data from a national quality Swedish Dementia Registry (SveDem). The aim is to collect data on people with dementia to improve and develop the care of dementia patients in Sweden. The initiative comes from the Swedish Brain Power, a network of leading brain researchers and funding from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL). Data from over 60,000 patients from SveDem is already reconciled with data from other registers, mainly Swedish BPSD registry. In order to process the data from the records includes broad knowledge regarding psychiatry, psychology and geriatrics. A burning motivation is assumed. The duties are mainly to perform statistical analyses of register data and other data regarding BPSD and dementia disorders.

The PhD student should obtain necessary knowledge and skills to become an independent researcher. The student will be attending doctoral courses, participate in seminars, present research results, be able to analyse data, write scientific articles, and participate in scientific activities and seminars.

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

Skills and personal qualities
We are looking for a motivated, systematic and rigorous PhD student with a genuine interest in elderly research. Applications are welcome from students with degrees in psychology, medicine or equivalent. Documented post-graduation experience within the field of statistical and/or bioinformatics analysis of data from medical research projects is suitable. The project is a collaborative effort with severalresearch groups and good collaborative skills are necessary. Good ability in written and oral English is required.

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 2-3620/2017
  • Dorota Religa, Associate Professor / Docent,, dorota.religa@ki.se
  • 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 03.Aug.2017
Last application date 24.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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