Karolinska Institutet,

At the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology we teach and conduct internationally acclaimed, high-quality research in Physiology, Pharmacology, Anesthesiology and Intensive care. We have around 400 employees, 30 research groups, and 90 doctoral students. Our research fields include cellular signaling, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, neuropsychopharmacology, neuroinflammation, pharmacogenetics, regenerative medicine, Renal System, anesthesiology and intensive care, muscle physiology and pain. Our collaboration with the clinics at Karolinska University Hospital provides unique opportunities for translational research within our subjects. More information about research at http://ki.se/fyfa_english

We are recruiting a doctoral (PhD) student. For more information regarding doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet (KI), see:

Research group
The PhD project will take advantage of the resources of Igor Adameyko group at Karolinska Institutet, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology that is positioned in a new Biomedicum, including state-of-the-art mouse transgenic and imaging facilities. This will be complemented by use of national infrastructures provided by SciLifeLab for Single Cell Transcriptomics with the opportunity to perform a variety of protocols including 10X Genomics platform, other droplet methods, Smartseq2. Imaging facilities include confocal, tumor visualization methods and super-resolution instrumentation. Importantly, this project will foster a close collaboration with the hospital site. Thus, we have the ability to work close with clinician and are able to retrieve large number of rare tumor material. The biobank at the Karolinska hospital has one of the largest PCC/PGL collections in Europe. The work environment in the Adameyko group is friendly and open, with a number of internal and external collaborations that will expand a personal network of a future PhD student. 

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The doctoral project will entail neural crest research at the single cell level and will require duties in performing functional gene expression studies including in chick neural crest model system. The PhD student will also aim to produce a “single cell” atlas of neural crest, carotid organ, sympathoblasts and adrenal medulla through serial mouse and human developmental stages and in adulthood to build the molecular trajectory explaining fate transitions.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
In order to participate in the selection for a doctoral position at Karolinska Institutet, the following requirements have 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 konwledge 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 is an entry requirement for doctoral education at KI. Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries has met the requirements in English.

Follow the link below for information on how other applicants can certify their English proficiency (such as through IELTS or TOEFL, previous upper secondary or university level studies).

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

Skills and personal qualities
There is a set of knowledge and technical skills that is desired from a candidate for this position.

* Documented experience in developmental biology research

* Experience in working with mouse and chick embryonic model systems

* Good theoretical knowledge of neurulation and neural crest biology

Terms and conditions
All doctoral students at KI receive financial support during their doctoral education and employment on a doctoral studentship is the most common sort of support.

Application process
The application and supporting documents are to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae
  • Documents certifying the entry requirements*: Academic degree diplomas, transcripts of records, and if applicable, authorised translations
  • Copies of degree projects and any previous publications
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above

*All documents certifying the entry requirements must be scans of originals (scans of copies or certified copies will not be accepted). The scanned documents must be in color and both the front and the back of the documents must be scanned. Please note that there are specific documentation requirements for a number countries, please read the instructions at: http://ki.se/en/phd/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

If an applicant claims equivalent konwledge (point 3 under general entry requirements above) for the eligibility assessment, a form has to be filled in and submitted. Please find more information here: https://ki.se/en/phd/assessing-equivalent-knowledge-for-general-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

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.

The selection process will include several steps. The most suitable applicants will proceed to the next step which includes personal interviews. All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is done.

Type of employment Promotieplaats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-6749/2018
  • Igor Adaymeyko, Group leader, Igor.adaymeyko@ki.se
Union representative
  • Göran Engberg, SACO, 08-524 867 17
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 04.Dec.2018
Last application date 27.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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