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.

We are recruiting a student for doctoral education. After a candidate is selected, an admission process commences. The candidate is admitted as a student once an individual study plan for the doctoral education has been approved by the departmental admission board. For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral

The division of Clinical Geriatrics conducts research focusing on cognitive impairment, dementia, and other aging related disorders, and education, among other medical graduates. The research is multifaceted and is in close collaboration with leading institutions and clinics worldwide. The research is clinically oriented with an emphasis on diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Some focus areas include lifestyle factors, prevention and treatment studies, imaging methods, and registry studies.

Research group
The doctorate student will work within the quality registry research group led by Professor Maria Eriksdotter. We use the Swedish Dementia Registry (SveDem) to conduct epidemiological research on all aspects of dementia diagnosis, treatment and care in Sweden.  SveDem was established in 2007 to improve the quality and equality of care of dementia patients in Sweden and contains more than 70000 patients, together with information on living situation, comorbidities and cognition, including follow-ups. By merging SveDem with other registries we add information on medication, comorbidities and mortality. For this project SveDem is merged with the Swedish Stroke Registry (Riksstroke) to determine how rehabilitation after stroke is different in older patient and patients with dementia. We aim to establish whether certain rehabilitation interventions lead to better functional outcomes in these patients. Cost analyses will also be included. We also aim to determine whether certain medications and interventions affect cognitive decline of patients with dementia.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
We are looking for a PhD who will study how rehabilitation interventions differ between patient groups in Sweden and how these differences affect functional and mortality outcomes. The work requires attention to detail and the capacity to self-motivate and set your own goals. Besides PhD courses with a strong focus on statistics, the tasks will include database preparation and cleaning, epidemiological study design and analyses, interpretation of study results and abstract and article writing.

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 
In order to successfully complete this particular project, the student will need a thorough understanding of clinical aspects of rehabilitation, dementia and stroke, as well as how the health care system faces these challenges. Knowledge of statistics and database management will also be necessary. Intensive courses and coaching will be provided but we expect students to have some experience in either the clinical or epidemiological areas when they apply. Other skills that are valued but not required:

  • Documented knowledge of epidemiological and biostatistical methodologies with competence in SPSS, SAS and/or STATA.
  • Clinical experience as a doctor, nurse, occupational therapist, speech therapist or physiotherapist.
  • A Master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, neuroscience, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or related degree.
  • Previous research experience in the fields of stroke and/or dementia.
  • A background in Health Economic research.
  • A working knowledge or proficiency in Swedish.

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
  • A sample of scientific writing in English on any subject (max 1-2 pages, Times pt 12, single spaced)

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-1435/2018
  • Maria Axelsson, personalhandläggare , maria.axelsson.1@ki.se
  • Sara Garcia-Pracek, MD, PhD, Sara.garcia-ptacek@ki, 08-524 800 00
  • Maria Eriksdotter, professor maria.eriksdotter@ki., 08-524 800 00
Union representative
  • Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53, Agneta.Ohlen@ki.se
  • Carina Dahlin, OFR , 08-524 836 92
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 12.Mar.2018
Last application date 26.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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