Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Solna, Division of Immunology and Allergy

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 Division for Immunology and Allergy at the Department of Medicine, Solna performs research on different aspect of allergy, immunology, and autoimmune diseases. The PhD student will work in a research team of Taras Kreslavskiy. The laboratory studies development and function of lymphocytes in mouse models.

In addition to the main supervisor, the PhD student will be co-supervised by Professor Karin Loré, Assistant Professor Carmen Gerlach, and Professor Meinrad Busslinger (IMP, Vienna).

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The overall objective of the PhD project is to study cellular and molecular events in the course of lymphocyte activation. The project aims to dissect cell fate decisions that take place upon B cell activation, molecular regulation of thereof as well as control of this process by T cells. Lymphomagenesis and autoimmunity that can result from dysregulation of this process will also be studied. All studies will be performed in mouse models.

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
For this PhD project, we are seeking a highly motivated person with a strong desire to study basic mechanisms underlying humoral immune responses. The successful applicant should be self-motivated, needs to be fluent in English, have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team. Merit is previous lab experience in laboratories involved in related work. Ideally, the successful applicant should have advanced skills in cell culture, flow cytometry, and retroviral transduction technics, experience in handling animals (FELASA certificate or equivalent), and experience with molecular cloning, immunofluorescence techniques and CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Courses taken previously in tumor immunology, histology, proteomics as well as advanced courses in immunology are a merit.

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 2-4767/2019
  • Taras Kreslavskiy, Assistant professor, +46 8 517 761 69
Union representative
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, niklas.andersson@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, + 46 70 173 85 75
Published 20.Sep.2019
Last application date 29.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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