Do you want to contribute to top quality scientific research?

To be a doctoral student means to devote oneself to a research project under supervision of experienced researchers and following an individual study plan. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.

The research group

In this project a student will undertake his/her PhD studies in Gerald McInerney’s research group at the Dept of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, situated in the Biomedicum building. Biomedicum is an advanced research environment that promotes interdisciplinary cooperation and research. The GM group consists of the PI, three postdocs, two PhD Students and a number of short-term MSc students. We study the cellular responses to infection with RNA viruses. More information can be found at

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The project aims at unravelling the changes in the interaction states of the proteome of cells during the early hours of virus infection and in cells under certain stress responses. We are using innovative mass-spectrometry based techniques to get a comprehensive picture of the events that occur early in infection with RNA viruses. In the project, the student will also utilize well established methods such as recombinant DNA technology, protein biochemistry and confocal microscopy to validate interesting findings from the mass-spectrometry experiments.

The project is part of a collaboration with Pär Nordlund’s lab at Bioclinicum, directly opposite Biomedicum across Solnavägen. We will hold regular joint group meetings to discuss the projects, ensuring a free flow of ideas and expertise between the ‘wet’ lab and computational arms of the collaboration.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. As a doctoral student you are offered an individual research project, a well-educated supervisor, a vast range of elective courses and the opportunity to work in a leading research group. Karolinska Institutet collaborates with prominent universities from all around the world, which ensures opportunities for international exchanges. You will be employed on a doctoral studentship which means that you receive a contractual salary. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

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

The applicant shall be a highly motivated person with an interest in virology and cell biology. The applicant shall have documented experience with one or several of the following disciplines, virology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, proteomics and computational biology.

The most important personal characteristics are curiosity, commitment and social skills. The candidate should be self-motivating and show the abilities to work with others, to think flexibly and coordinate projects. The working language of the group is English, so excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written is essential.

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.

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.

 All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is completed.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Reference number 2-816/2020
  • Gerald McInerney,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 14.Feb.2020
Last application date 28.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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