Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

To be a doctoral student means to devote oneself to a research project under supervision of experienced researchers and following an individual study plan. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.

The research group

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet conducts research and teaching in immunology, infection biology, cell biology and cancer.  Key words are multidisciplinary, bridging, translational, national and international collaborations

We now announces an opportunity to join the research group of Associate Professor Dr. Georgios A. Sotiriou as a PhD student in the topic: nanoparticles as drug carriers and imaging agents.

The lab has extensive experience in the flame synthesis of nanoparticles and assembly of devices with focus on superior performance. The lab’s mission is to develop nanobiomaterials, tools and methods for medicine using engineering sciences. The research in this lab is highly multidisciplinary combining expertise from material engineering, bioengineering and health sciences. This allows for the design of bionanomaterials that exhibit the desired functionality in applications ranging from diagnostics (biosensors) to therapeutic interventions. We place specific emphasis in the fight against infections and antimicrobial resistance using innovative solutions with functional nanoscale materials.
  

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The PhD studies correspond to 4 years of full-time studies. This includes lab work, courses, seminars, and presentation of results at meetings. Other responsibilities include development of methodology and work routines, literature review, statistical analysis, drafting scientific manuscripts and adhering to the lab manual routines.

The specific target of this project is to develop the next generation of flame-made nanoparticles as drug nanocarriers and imaging agents for applications in nano-vaccines. Specifically, the student will produce a variety of nanoparticles by flame aerosol technology and work in close collaboration with colleagues to functionalize the developed nanoparticles with specific biomolecules to offer effective protection against bacterial pathogens. A further aim of the project is to utilize flame-made nanoparticles as in vivo bioimaging agents.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. As a doctoral student you are offered an individual research project, a well-educated supervisor, a vast range of elective courses and the opportunity to work in a leading research group. Karolinska Institutet collaborates with prominent universities from all around the world, which ensures opportunities for international exchanges. You will be employed on a doctoral studentship which means that you receive a contractual salary. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

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

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates to join our team who have a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in Nanomedicine, Drug Delivery or related fields.

Experience of nanoparticle synthesis by flame spray pyrolysis and knowledge of nanoparticle characterization techniques is required. Further experience with biological systems will be considered an advantage. Since the applicant will work in a multidisciplinary environment the ability to work with other scientist and good communication skills are important.

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. We prefer that your application is written in English, but you can also apply in Swedish:

- A personal letter and a curriculum vitae 
- Degree projects and previous publications, if any 
- Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above 
- Documents certifying your general eligibility (see A above)
- Documents certifying your specific eligibility (see B above)

Selection

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.

Karolinska Institutet 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.

 

For more information about the research see the KI webpage of the Principal Investigator (PI), Associate Professor Dr. Georgios A. Sotiriou

http://ki.se/en/people/geosot 

The research group’s website: https://sotirioulab.org 

 

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly Salary
Reference number STÖD 2-4409/2020
Contact
  • Georgios Sotiriou, georgios.sotiriou@ki.se
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Gunnel Brolin, OFR, gunnel.brolin@ki.se
  • SACO, saco@ki.se
Published 16.Oct.2020
Last application date 29.Oct.2020 11:59 PM CET

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