Karolinska Institutet, NVS

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2018 of 490 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

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
Health and Everyday Life among people with Neurological Disorders (HELD) is an interdisciplinary research group that targets knowledge gaps identified in the health care sector and in issues concerning rehabilitation and everyday lives among people with long-term neurological disorders. The research includes and utilizes the perspectives of the persons/clients/patients and their families/significant others, and professionals. The research group is now in a phase of expanding the research agenda to include a stronger focus on caregiving. https://ki.se/en/nvs/the-held-research-group.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
This project is about occupations of caregiving practices involving older adults and professional caregivers.  Although caregiving will be situated in a repertoire of everyday occupations, the focus is particularly on the work of professional caregivers and potential needs for the development of competencies through continuing education. Online technologies have been proposed as potentially relevant in supporting professional caregivers with information or support, albeit most focus has been on using the internet to provide interventions to improve psychosocial health among family caregivers. Little information is available about the use of online technologies with professional caregivers for competency development although there can be potential benefits. The overall aim of this project is to generate knowledge about, and to build relevant methods to support, the work of caregiving practices by actively involving professional caregivers and older adults. The PhD student will be actively involved in the implementation of the studies and part of a larger EIT Health funded project related to the questions in these studies.  The PhD student will have an active role in collecting data, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing manuscripts for publication.

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
In addition to all eligibility requirements for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet, the following are necessary skills: demonstrated proficiency in working with visual materials, such as video, as well as textual data in English.  It is advantageous for the project and for reaching the outcomes of the doctoral education if the candidate has demonstrated experience in work relating to caregiving, project management, scientific writing and presentation, and is comfortable working in an international environment (including using online communication tools). It is a strength to have experience in online education in caregiving contexts.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-4078/2019
  • Eric Asaba, +46 852483838 eric.asaba@ki.se
  • Maria Axelsson, 08-524 882 96
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
Published 05.Aug.2019
Last application date 26.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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