Karolinska Institutet, Dept. of Medicine, Solna, Infectious Diseases Unit

The Department of Medicine, Solna, is one of the largest departments at Karolinska Institutet. The department consists of several divisions 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.

A doctoral position is an available doctoral education project to which a PhD student is to be recruited. After the selection process the process for admission to doctoral education will commence. An admission decision will not be taken until an individual study plan has been approved by the departmental admission board.

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

Research group
Research at the Infectious Disease Unit, Centre for Molecular Medicine, KI (www.cmm.ki.se) combines basic (immunology/virology) and clinical research, in an international environment. Professor Boliden’s research group is in particular interested in the local immune milieu within the genital mucosa. Their research aims to understand what factors are influencing sexual HIV transmission (http://ki.se/en/meds/research-group-kristina-broliden). The PhD student will work within a larger HIV/SIV project, aiming for the characterization of cells and molecules in tissue samples from HIV-infected patients and from experimental animal models as well as in tissue explants models.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
Research will be focused on cellular and molecular immunology. Part of the research program may take place at one of our collaborating foreign universities. The student is expected to, under guidance, perform experiments, and analyse data as well as write reports and manuscripts in English.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
To be eligible for doctoral education following requirements has 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 knowledge 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:
Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see web-link below for more information.
Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the requirements in English.

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

Knowledge and experience to perform immunological and cell-based methods and/or competence in imaging analysis are desirable.

Skills and personal qualities
We welcome applications from talented and ambitious students with a flexible attitude, and good social competence.

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
The most common way of financial support for doctoral students at KI is doctoral grant the first year and a doctoral studentship (doctoral employment) for year 2, 3 and 4. During the time between recruitment and admission a short-term employment can be offered for up to 6 months.

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

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
  • A copy of degree projects and any previous publications

The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-4326/2015
  • Annelie Tjernlund, Senior Researcher, +46 8 517 703 59
Union representative
  • Lars Ährlund-Richter, SACO, +46 8 517 734 50, lars.ahrlund@ki.se
  • Nasrin Bavand-Chobot, OFR, Nasrin.Bavand@ki.se
Published 23.Dec.2015
Last application date 20.Jan.2016 11:59 PM CET

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