Karolinska Institutet,

The Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery (MMK) carries out both preclinical and clinical research within numerous fields. Linked to the department are approximately 450 researchers, postgraduate students, teachers and technical & administrative staff and we currently have about 150 PhD students. The department is conducting undergraduate courses for medical students, physiotherapist students, biomedicine students and biomedical laboratory students.

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 vascular surgery group is a section within MMK. Many of the affiliated researchers are clinically active. The vascular group is led by professor Ulf Hedin, and consists of several teams, the carotid group “BiKE” (Hedin/Perisic), the Stockholm Aneurysm Research group (STAR, Roy/Hultgren) and the thrombosis/trauma group (Wahlgren). STAR is a growing group at MMK, an informal network holding epidemiological research projects as well as translational, radiological and clinical. The group incorporates 20-25 persons, including researchers, postdocs and PhD-students. Our research focus on diagnostics, treatment and interventions for patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA).   STAR has a strong collaboration between clinical departments, the laboratory at Bioclinicum, KTH, national and international research groups. For more information on our research group see our homepage. https://ki.se/en/mmk/vascular-surgery

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
This doctoral student project aims at exploring and refining different aspects of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious complications in vascular surgery. The project includes a clinical randomized, controlled study aimed at prevention of surgical site infections, comprising both clinical end-points and patient-reported outcome measures. The other studies included in the project encompass evaluation of radiological diagnosis of aortic graft infections and novel methods for treating chronic ischaemic ulcers. The PhD-student and the supervisors will assess and if deemed necessary revise the individual studies in the preliminary project plan. The PhD-student will, under supervision, create the individual study cohorts, partake in the practical aspects of the studies, including data collection as well as, carrying out all statistical analyses, and writing the manuscripts. The student will participate in international and national surgical meetings to present relevant data, and participate in education of junior medical students, interns and peers within the field.

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 doctoral student must have a medical degree (at least Läkarexamen), since the collection and interpretation of data in the prospective, clinical study will be dependent on the PhD student’s medical aptitude. The applicant must have a firm command of the Swedish language, in order to be able to communicate with patients and collect relevant data from the patients’ charts which, will be required for projects I-III. The student should have some experience in performing statistical analysis, as well as an understanding of Swedish register data. Some knowledge of statistical software is considered advantageous, especially SPSS. Basic knowledge in SAS and R is a merit. Basic knowledge of radiological imaging and in particular nuclear medicine is desirable. Previous knowledge and a specific interest in the field of post-surgical infections is advantageous. A background from Vascular surgery will be considered as a strong merit, since the projects will include clinical evaluation of this patient group, including information, patient care and follow up for patients included in the study. It is required that the applicant is able to work independently as well as a part of a research group. We are looking for a candidate with a special interest in healthcare related infections in vascular surgery together with clinical, experimental and epidemiological studies. The applicant should be well-organized, with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously and work well in teams. The applicant must be fluent in Swedish and English, both written and spoken.

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 Promotieplaats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-2331/2019
  • Alireza Daryapeyma,MD, PhD, alireza.daryapeyma@sll.se
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
  • Elisabeth Noren-Krog, OFR, 08- 517 70478
Published 11.Apr.2019
Last application date 05.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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