Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Solna, Dermatology and venereology 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 Eidsmo research group consists of clinicians and pre-clinical scientists addressing the role of immune cells in human skin homeostasis and diseases. The laboratory offers state-of-the art cell culture, molecular biology, confocal imaging of human tissues and flow cytometry facilities. The Eidsmo laboratory offers an international and interdisciplinary research environment, where local and international collaborative efforts are expected. The Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) is a nationally leading and internationally competitive environment for studies of tissue inflammation with ample interaction between groups interested in different aspects of basic and applied molecular and cellular immunology.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
In healthy skin, tissue resident T cells form an efficient barrier against recurrent pathogens but these cells also participate in localized tissue pathology. This doctoral project will focus on human tissue resident T cells in both healthy and diseased skin. We seek a highly motivated student interested in tissue immunology, wishing to pursue a PhD in medical science. The studies will include work on patient material, cell lines and primary skin-derived cells. Methodology will range from advanced cell sorting to cutting-edge molecular and imaging techniques.

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
Recent (last 3 years) MSc or MD with a background in immunology or tissue biology with at least 4-6 months rotations in at least two different laboratories working on human tissue biology/immunology.

Experience in work with human tissues and extraction of viable cells from these tissues.Knowledge of experimental techniques within immunology and molecular biology such as flow cytometry, cell sorting, confocal imaging, real-time PCR or other methods to address transcriptional changes in human cells from peripheral tissues. In vitro or ex vivo experimental systems.

Excellent communication skills and abilities to collaborate and work in a highly dynamic international research team are essential.

Excellent skills in English, written and spoken.

Desired merits:Previous exposure to work with human inflammatory diseases.

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 2-5358/2018
  • Liv Eidsmo, senior researcher, +46 8 517 00 00
Union representative
  • Lars Ährlund-Richter, SACO, +46 8 517 734 50, lars.ahrlund@ki.se
  • Nasrin Bavand, +46 8 517 723 64
Published 08.Oct.2018
Last application date 17.Oct.2018 11:59 PM CET

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