Karolinska Institutet, Department of Laboratory Medicine

The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of seven divisions and is active in many areas of Laboratory Medicine. The department is involved in advanced basic scientific, clinical and epidemiological research. The department is one of the largest departments of education at Karolinska Institutet.

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

Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM)
Assistant Professor Robert Mansson’s research group is offering one PhD position in the field of epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The project is aimed at understanding the epigenetic and gene-regulatory changes that underpin the development of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This will be studied through a combination of advanced cell sorting (to acquire primary cells), molecular biology and whole-genome sequencing approaches. Analysis of high-throughput sequencing data will be a substantial part of the project. In a broader perspective, understand the molecular causes to disease will help improve treatment and the serve as the basis for developing novel treatments.

The PhD position is for four years and is supported by the KID program at the Karolinska Institutet and by Assistant Professor Robert Mansson’s external grants. Position is to start as soon as possible and will remain open until filled.

Doctoral education project and the duties of the student 
The applicant is expected to be a talented and enthusiastic researcher with strong drive to perform basic research. He or she is expected to play a strong role in the elaboration of scientific hypothesis, experimental design, experimentation, data analysis (including bioinformatical analysis of high-throughput sequencing data) and presentation/publication of results. The candidate must be able to work within a team environment but retain enough independence to explore his/her results from a conceptual standpoint.

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

Applicants should have a relevant educational background in biotechnology, chemical engineering, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or similar. Sufficient math/programming skills allowing the assimilation of the bioinformatics needed for the project is a required. Candidates with a combined background covering biology, math and programming are highly encouraged to apply. Excellent spoken and written English is a requirement.

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
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Reference number 2-1618/2016
  • Forskarassistent Robert Månsson , e-mail: robert.mansson@ki.se, phone:+46733140128
Union representative
  • Karin Olsson, SEKO, karin.olsson@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65, carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Emilie Hultin, SACO, 08-585 811 68, emilie.hultin@ki.se
Published 14.Apr.2016
Last application date 05.May.2016 11:59 PM CEST

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