The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition performs research and education in several areas of medical science including aging, molecular endocrinology, cancer biology, functional genomics, systems biology, epigenetics, structural biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, cellular virology, and nutrition. It offers an excellent international research and working environment, including around 250 scientists, students, administrative and technical personnel. The Department resides in the new biomedical research building Neo, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.

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

The research group of Dr. Martin Bergö studies the role of redox balance and oxidative stress in cancer progression In particular, the group is interested in redox-regulation during cancer metastasis. The group also studies the biochemical and medical importance of the posttranslational processing of CAAX proteins (e.g., RAS, RAC1, prelamin A). The group uses basic biochemistry techniques, cell culture and organoid models, genomics techniques, mouse models, and translational approaches.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student will study the role of the immune system in cancer progression and metastasis and explore the role of immune-related protein factors in tumor cell–autonomous effects on proliferation, apoptosis, and migration. Protein-protein interaction studies will be used along with cell culture methods, CRISPR/Cas9 and conventional gene targeting approaches, organoid systems, and mouse models of cancer. The student will also take required courses and actively participate in lab meetings and journal clubs, seminar series at departmental and KI-wide levels, and national and international conferences.

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

The successful candidate has documented—and by referees supported—experience in studying cancer cells in vitro and in vivo, in particular genetic and pharmacologic strategies to study the impact of growth factors and chemokines on lung cancer cell viability, proliferation, and invasion/metastasis. Experience with autochthonous mouse models of lung cancer is a merit. Skills in operating an Incucyte live-cell imaging system is also a merit. The candidate should be able to write and speak English with ease and confidence and possess the ability to work efficiently both alone and in a group.

Terms and conditions

The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.

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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)


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.


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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number STÖD 2-4448/2020
  • Martin Bergö, Professor and PI, +46-733-12 22 24
  • Thomas Tinglöv, Head of department, +46- 8-524 835 49
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, OFR, +46-8-524 840 80
  • Anders Lindholm, OFR, +46-8-524 810 12
  • Chandrashekar Bangalore Revanna , SACO, +46-73-083 98 85
Published 20.Oct.2020
Last application date 10.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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