Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry I

A doctoral student is admitted to third-cycle/doctoral education. A doctoral education consists of supervised research, combined with courses and other educational activities. An individual study plan is established for each doctoral student. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.

Research group
The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics conducts a broad spectrum of biomedical research and education within medical biochemistry and biophysics. Presently department consists of 11 research divisions with a total of approximately 300 employees.
We invite applications for a doctoral student position in the group of Professor Roman Zubarev at the Division of Physiological Chemistry 1, https://ki.se/en/mbb/roman-zubarev-group. The group is focused on studying biological systems using proteomics and state-of-the-art mass spectrometry.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The successful candidate will work in collaboration with other members of the research group to develop new top-down protein analysis techniques based on novel fragmentation reactions in the gas phase and study the structure and properties of proteins and their complexes, including antibodies. The project involves participation in building a new TopSpec apparatus for top-down mass spectrometry, performing experiments, data analysis and building physico-chemical theoretical models of the concerned processes

Eligibility requirements for doctoral education
In order to participate in the selection for a doctoral position, you must meet the following general (A) and specific (B) eligibility requirements at latest by the application deadline.

It is your responsibility to certify eligibility by following the instructions on the web page Entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education.

A) General eligibility requirement

You meet the general eligibility requirement for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education if you:

  1. have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the advanced/second-cycle/master level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.*

Follow the instructions on the web page Entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education.

*If you claim equivalent knowledge, follow the instructions on the web page Assessing equivalent knowledge for general eligibility for doctoral education.

B) Specific eligibility requirement

You meet the specific eligibility requirement for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education if you:

  • Show proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school.

Follow the instructions on the web page English language requirements for doctoral education.

Verification of your documents Karolinska Institutet checks the authenticity of your documents. Karolinska Institutet reserves the right to revoke admission if supporting documents are discovered to be fraudulent. Submission of false documents is a violation of Swedish law and is considered grounds for legal action.

Skills and personal qualities
Skills and personal qualities: 
We are looking for a highly motivated student with a background in physics, chemistry, biophysics or biochemistry. Experience in instrument building, vacuum technology, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics is preferable. The student should have at least 6 months of laboratory experience. The ability to program is a must. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential, and the candidate should have good communication skills.

Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.

Application process
Submit your application and supporting documents through the Varbi recruitment system. Use the button in the top right corner and follow the instructions.

Your application should contain the following documents:

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae (Swedish or English)
  • Degree projects and previous publications, if any (Swedish or English)
  • Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above (Swedish or English)
  • Documents certifying your general eligibility (see A above)
  • Documents certifying your specific eligibility (see B above)

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.


All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is completed.

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary monthly
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2875/2019
  • Roman Zubarev, +46 8-524 875 94
Union representative
  • Anne Edgren, OFR/S, P, O, 08-524 87570
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 13.May.2019
Last application date 03.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CEST