Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Solna, Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology

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 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 student will be part of Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology (CPE) at the Department of Medicine, Solna, KI, which is led by professor Helle Kieler who will be the main supervisor. CPE was established in 2005, with the explicit purpose to create a centre of academic excellence in pharmacoepidemiology and the centre has since its start met the growing demands, both nationally and internationally, for data on drug safety and drug utilization.

CPE is involved in several international studies focusing on drug treatment during pregnancy and the consequences for mother and her child. A strong team of epidemiologists, statisticians, medical doctors, and post-doctoral researchers exists at CPE. International collaborations are established with researchers around the world in the International Pregnancy Safety Study consortium (InPreSS) and its Nordic counterpart NorPreSS. We now wish to expand the team with a doctoral student. For more information about CPE, please see http://ki.se/en/meds/centre-for-pharmacoepidemiology/.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The PhD project will focus on antibiotics during pregnancy, including the impact of antibiotics in food animals, for choice of treatment of infections during pregnancy using linked data from national health– and population registers. The successful applicant is also expected to participate in activities related to research by the InPreSS and NorPreSS team at CPE, and in educational activities.

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 successful applicant should be self-motivated, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and be able to interact effectively and work productively in a team. We are particularly interested in candidates from clinical medicine who are well acquainted with Nordic register-based data. Combining the doctoral education with clinical work is a possibility.


  • M.Sc. degree in medicine, epidemiology, pharmacy or similar field
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written scientific English


  • Experience from using statistical software, such as SAS or STATA
  • Experience from performing research in the field of pharmacoepidemiology or reproductive medicine
  • Experience from register-based studies
  • Understanding Swedish or one of the other Scandinavian languages

The work requires good collaboration ability and problem solving skills. Personal suitability and experience from research environment are highly valued.

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
Reference number 2-3894/2019
  • Helle Kieler, +46 (0) 73 633 44 92
  • Ingvild Odsbu, +46 (0) 8 517 759 73
Union representative
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, +46 (0) 70 173 85 75
Published 09.Jul.2019
Last application date 19.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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