Karolinska Institutet, Institutet för miljömedicin

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: http://www.ki.se/doctoral

Unit of Occupational Medicine
The aim of our research is to identify and prevent chemical, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial health hazards in the work environment. Our main activities include research, education and dissemination of information. The research groups at the unit are multi-professional and include epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians, psychologists sociologists, physiotherapists, civil engineers, public health specialists and others. The unit takes part in education of medical students, occupational health nurses and physicians, and specialists in occupational and environmental medicine. The unit is closely associated with the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Stockholm County Council.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The PhD candidate will manage data, analyze and write academic research papers. The project is interdisciplinary and involves occupational health, business economics and epidemiology. As the financial condition of a firm deteriorates, they could adopt policies that will lead to an increase in safety violations, an increased accident rate, and an increase in environmental hazards. Also, they could try to cut costs by changing employment conditions. In many sectors, we have seen an increase in precarious employment, i.e. short-term contracts, involuntary part time employment and employment through “staff-for-hire” companies. This project hypothesizes that occupational injuries increase in companies which are under economical strain and/or who where employees work under precarious conditions. We aim to investigate changes in key economic indicators of business performance as risk factors for occupational injuries. Examples of key business indicators are size, profits, leverage, debt, liquidity and efficiency.

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

  • Research is team work – you should have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and resourcefulness are key personal traits as research involves complex problem-solving and the formulation of new research questions.
  • Endurance – A PhD program is 4 years. A documented ability to reach goals through hard work over a long period of time is highly valued, also in areas not related to work.
  • Interdisciplinary understanding – We strongly encourage applicants who have experience from more than one quantitative discipline such as economics, computer science, epidemiology, sociology, statistics, labour market studies etc.

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 2-5665/2017
  • Theo Bodin, Post doc, theo.bodin@ki.se
  • Per Gustavsson, Professor: , per.gustavsson@ki.se
Union representative
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, +46 8-524 874 19, niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Malahat Mousavi, SACO-S, +46 8-524 875 24, malahat.mousavi@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO , +46 8-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 05.Dec.2017
Last application date 19.Dec.2017 11:59 PM CET

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