The Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery (MMK) carries out both preclinical and clinical research within numerous fields. Linked to the department are approximately 450 researchers, postgraduate students, teachers and technical & administrative staff and we currently have about 150 PhD students. The department is conducting undergraduate courses for medical students, physiotherapist students, biomedicine students and biomedical laboratory students.

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 rare diseases group study rare diseases both clinically and at the molecular level to improve genetic diagnostics, increase knowledge about genotype-phenotype correlations and understand disease biology.  Our research is directed at identifying human disease genes and other risk factors that predispose to childhood cancer. The rare diseases group is based at the Clinical Genetics Unit at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery in Solna. The research group are comprised of members with different educational backgrounds that include clinical geneticists, paediatricians, molecular biologists, doctoral students, postdocs, assistant professors, statisticians, epidemiologists and senior researchers.  It provides a multi-disciplinary and inspiring environment for research and training.  See our homepage for more information.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
We are looking for a motivated student who wishes to pursue a PhD-degree in epidemiology. The purpose of this project is to perform epidemiological studies in order to investigate whether the incidence of childhood cancer is higher in some families or in children with specific rare diseases. We also want to study if subgroups of childhood cancers are associated to different environmental factors. The student will be supervised by experts in epidemiology, statistics, clinical genetics and paediatric oncology, including a co-supervisor working at the University of California, Irvine. The student will spend part of the time in California but will follow the KI program, that is highly focused on research training (80-90%) as well as formal classroom training.

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.

An ability to communicate in Swedish is a demand.

For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements:

Skills and personal qualities
We are searching a PhD candidate who is interested in research about childhood cancer etiology. The candidate should have a master degree in epidemiology or/and biostatistics or other similar education background. Education in medicine, medical science or biology is a merit. Basic skill for epidemiological study design and statistical analysis is a special asset. The candidate should have strong communication skills with fluent English in writing and speaking.  We are looking for a PhD student who can work independently and at the same time is a good team worker.

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 2-4322/2017
  • Ann Nordgren, forskargruppsledare/ Adj. Professor,
Union representative
  • Michael Tekle, SACO, 08-517 73442,
  • Nasrin Bavand-Chobot, OFR,
  • Elisabeth Noren-Krog, OFR, 08- 517 70478
Published 21.Sep.2017
Last application date 21.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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