Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Solna, Rheumatology research division

The Department of Medicine, Solna, is one of the largest departments at Karolinska Institutet. The department consists of several units that are separated into different research groups. The core activities of the department are research, doctoral education and undergraduate education for medical and biomedical students. The research has three main profiles: allergy, cardiovascular medicine and inflammatory diseases.

We are recruiting a student for doctoral education.

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral.

Research group
The Rheumatology Unit, at the Department of Medicine, Solna, is an active and internationally successful research unit. Here clinical, experimental and epidemiological research is conducted in close collaboration with the rheumatology clinic at the Karolinska University Hospital, Solna. The unit has a leading role in several national and international consortia and networks. Work will be conducted in Dr. Caroline Grönwall’s research group that has a focus on understanding the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease with a special interest in B-cells and autoreactive antibodies. The project is a collaboration with Karl Skriner’s research group at the Charite Universitätsmedizin in Berlin and some of the work will be conducted in the laboratory in Berlin.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The applicant should be enthusiastic about research and translational medicine. As a doctoral student, the candidate is expected to perform practical laboratory work, contribute to experimental design, optimization of methods, analysis of data, and presentation of results. The student will also participate in courses, seminars and conferences. The applicant should have a strong background in immunology and practical experience of molecular biology techniques such as antibody expression and protein analysis. Knowledge in cell culture, B-cell biology, antibody technology and autoreactivity in RA is meriting. The applicant must be willing to work with human blood and tissue samples. A successful candidate is expected to be open to learning new methods, be responsible, have a positive attitude, function well in team environment, and have a good ability for problem solving and independent work. Strong communication skills and proficiency in written and spoken English are a necessity.

We are looking for a motivated doctoral student with an interest in translational research, immunology, and molecular biology methodology. The project is primarily focused on studies of B-cell/autoantibody reactivities in autoimmune diseases to increase our knowledge about pathogenesis. We are especially interested in anti-citrulline autoantibodies in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The project may also involve serological studies of different types of autoantibodies in association with other biomarkers and clinical data.

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:

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 2-4767/2018
  • Caroline Grönwall, Assistant Professor, +46 70-170 17 44
Union representative
  • Lars Ährlund-Richter, SACO, +46 8 517 734 50, lars.ahrlund@ki.se
  • Nasrin Bavand, +46 8 517 723 64
Published 05.Sep.2018
Last application date 15.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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