Karolinska Institutet,

At the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology we teach and conduct internationally acclaimed, high-quality research in Physiology, Pharmacology, Anesthesiology and Intensive care. We have around 400 employees, 30 research groups, and 90 doctoral students. Our research fields include cellular signaling, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, neuropsychopharmacology, neuroinflammation, pharmacogenetics, regenerative medicine, Renal System, anesthesiology and intensive care, muscle physiology and pain. Our collaboration with the clinics at Karolinska University Hospital provides unique opportunities for translational research within our subjects. More information about research at http://ki.se/fyfa_english

We are recruiting a doctoral (PhD) student. For more information regarding doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet (KI), see:

Research group
The Laboratory of Translational Auditory Neuroscience performs research on different aspects of hearing disorders and tinnitus – from molecule to patient. Our research group investigates the cellular mechanisms underlying hearing loss and tinnitus using a battery of physiological and molecular techniques. The group works in an inspiring and interactive research environment at the Biomedicum (Campus Solna) and has on-going collaborative projects with national and international colleagues.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
This research proposal has been designed for a PhD student to develop skills and knowledge in the auditory system, integrating peripheral and central components in a multidisciplinary approach to the point he/she will acquire a unique expertise in an emerging field: tinnitus. Thanks to a great network of scientists, the student will embrace translational aspects of his study and work in close hands with clinics and pharmaceuticals. The student will evaluate the robustness of several technologies for the objective measure of tinnitus. This project embraces multiple approaches including audiology (e.g. auditory brainstem responses), psychology (questionnaires), neuroimaging (magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography, and magnetic resonance imaging), and bioinformatics. All of these methods are well-established in the laboratory or accessible at the core facilities from the Karolinska Institute. The student will acquire experience in each of these techniques. The applicant is expected to actively perform research and to analyze and present results to large audiences.

The project will also benefit from ties with a large consortium, the European School of Interdisciplinary Tinnitus (ESIT). The network of PhD students, clinicians, industry, and pharma offers an educational environment for a PhD student in an emerging field.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
In order to participate in the selection for a doctoral position at Karolinska Institutet, 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
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent konwledge 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 is an entry requirement for doctoral education at KI. Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries has met the requirements in English.

Follow the link below for information on how other applicants can certify their English proficiency (such as through IELTS or TOEFL, previous upper secondary or university level studies).

For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements, please see: http://ki.se/en/phd/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

Skills and personal qualities
We seek an applicant who is pro-active and takes initiatives, should be able to work independently, while having good organizational skills. An advantage is if the applicant has good interpersonal skills to develop working relationships inside and outside the multi-disciplinary group. The applicant needs to be proficient in Swedish, and have strong knowledge of written and oral English.
The ideal applicant has prior competence in assessing individuals with tinnitus, and is expected to have a strong interest in auditory neuroscience with a good knowledge in auditory function. Knowledge on database management and handling large datasets with statistical softwares such as JMP, SPSS (including script coding) is an asset.

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

An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae
  • Documents certifying the entry requirements*: Academic degree diplomas, transcripts of records, and if applicable, authorised translations
  • Copies of degree projects and any previous publications
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described 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: http://ki.se/en/phd/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

If an applicant claims equivalent konwledge (point 3 under general entry requirements above) for the eligibility assessment, a form has to be filled in and submitted. Please find more information here: https://ki.se/en/phd/assessing-equivalent-knowledge-for-general-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

A selection will be made among eligible applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

KI 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 selection process will include several steps. The most suitable applicants will proceed to the next step which includes personal interviews. All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is done.

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-716/2019
  • Christopher Cederroth, Group leader, Christopher.cederroth@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Göran Engberg, SACO, 08-524 867 17
Published 08.Feb.2019
Last application date 28.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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