Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, division of Biomaterials

These positions at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm are opened to recruit Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for the Horizon 2020, Marie Curie funded network DNA Robotics. (https://dna-robotics.eu/). To be eligible, applicants must be ready to start their position before the end of 2018.

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

International mobility requirement applies:
Due to the nature of the EU funding for these positions, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the position start date (before the end of 2018).

We are looking for young, innovative and highly motivated students that are prepared to work hard to ultimately obtain a PhD in the field of DNA nanotechnology. Applicants should have an interest in building molecular machines at the smallest possible scale using self-assembly.  Since a lot of the research goals in the group are focused on tools for biology and applications of DNA nanotechnology, applicants should also have an interest in fundamental molecular and cellular biology.  For a more thorough description of some of our earlier work, please have a look at https://www.hogberglab.net

Our research group is composed of people from many different fields (mainly biologists, chemists and physicists) and the research is highly interdisciplinary. For these announced positions we are primarily looking for students with skills in either programming/computation, physics or chemistry who have an interest in learning more about biology. Exceptional candidates with a more biological background can be considered if they can show proficiency in programming. A Master’s degree or equivalent is required.

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 application letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining your scientific interests, ambitions and any skills you would like to highlight, a short description and figure(s) from your Master’s thesis work or other research project would be helpful.
  • A CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • A list of at least two references stating: names, relation to applicant, title/position, e-mail, phone (maximum 1 page)
  • Relevant latest grades in English (with explanation of grading system)

Fill out your personal information in the web form (first part). Then combine the above documents into a single pdf and upload the combined document as your “Cover letter” in the recruitment system. No other documents or extra information filled out in the web form in the application system will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

After the first round of selection, if you are on the shortlist, you might need to provide additional documents for proof of eligibility, such as a proof of proficiency in English: https://ki.se/sites/default/files/english_language_requirements_for_doctoral_education_2018.pdf

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

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-4598/2018
  • Björn Högberg - Docent , +46 8 524 870 36
Union representative
  • Anne Edgren, OFR/S, P, O, 08-524 87570
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 , biborka.bveress@ki.se
Published 29.Aug.2018
Last application date 30.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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