Karolinska Institutet,

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is a department with a strong focus on basic science. CMB conducts research and education in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, cancer and infection biology.

We are recruiting a student for doctoral education. For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral.

Research group
The position is placed in the research group of Jonas Frisén at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. The laboratory is located in the newly established Biomedicum building at Karolinska Institutet. We study cell generation during development in the adult body, with special interests in the central nervous system, heart, immune system and prostate. We are interested in the extent, lineage relationships and functional role of cell generation in physiological and pathological situations in mice and humans.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic doctoral student to study cell generation after spinal cord injury in mice. The approach uses genetic fate mapping, genetic modifications in transgenic animals, behavioural, optogenetic, histological and molecular analyses. This will allow the identification of molecular pathways that direct cell differentiation and affect the functional recovery after spinal cord injury.

The project and the duties include to carry out behavioural assessment after spinal cord injury in mice and performing optogenetic analysis of axonal conductance in the injured mouse spinal cord. Experience of any of these methods and analyses is highly valued.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
To be eligible for doctoral education, the following requirements have 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
  1. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

For more information regarding the general entry requirements, please see:

Specific entry requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school. Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the English language requirement.

For information on how other applicants can certify their English proficiency (such as through IELTS or TOEFL, previous upper secondary or university level studies), please see:

Skills and personal qualities
We expect you to be a very creative person with excellent communication skills and abilities to collaborate and work in a highly dynamic international research team. Experience of work with mouse surgery is highly valued. 

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.

Application process
The application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae
  • Academic degree diplomas, transcripts of records in original language and, if applicable, authorised translations
  • Copies of degree projects and any previous publications
  • Proof of English proficiency as stated in the specific requirement above

All documents certifying the entry requirements must be scans of originals (scans of copies or certified copies will not be accepted). The scanned documents must be in color and both the front and the back of the documents must be scanned. Please note that there are specific documentation requirements for a number countries, please read the instructions at:


The application and supporting documents are to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-4007/2018
  • Jonas Frisén, professor, Jonas.Frisen@ki.se
Union representative
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 , biborka.bveress@ki.se
  • Elisabeth Valenzuela, SEKO, 08-524 863 53, elisabeth.valenzuela@ki.se
Published 10.Jul.2018
Last application date 05.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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