Karolinska Institutet, MEB

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at ki.se/meb

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 PhD student will be a part of a larger unit of aging researchers with the overall mission to advance our understanding of the ageing process. The PhD student will join the research group led by Kristina Johnell. The research group is dedicated to geriatric pharmacoepidemiology and focus on analyzing and optimizing medication use in older adults.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The doctoral student project will focus on the use of medical treatments at the end of life among older adults. The project will include collaboration with University of Oxford and the Aging Research Center (Karolinska Institutet). The project will include statistical analyses of national registers in order to investigate the frequency, the determinants and the harms of overly aggressive treatments at the end of life. The PhD student will learn to master a broad range of methods, including epidemiological analysis of large Swedish registers.

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 seeking a highly talented and motivated PhD student. The successful candidate should be able to keep up-to-date on developments in relevant research fields, have good communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work productively independently and in a team.

The applicant must be fluent in English, with excellent communication and writing skills. The applicant should have a background in (pharmaco-)epidemiology, public health, medicine, pharmacy, social science, or other relevant areas. Research experience in medication use, older adults and end-of-life care is advantageous.

Knowledge about using standard statistical software packages (Stata, SAS, etc.) is required. Previous research experience in quantitative work is meritorious.

The applicant will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Relevant skills and knowledge
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • Language skills

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 Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-1162/2019
  • Kristina Johnell, Professor, Prefekt, kristina.johnell@ki.se
  • Lina Werner, Hr-officer, lina.werner@ki.se
  • Jonas Wastesson, Post doctor, jonas.wastesson@ki.se
Union representative
  • Ulrika Zagai, SACO, ulrika.zagai@ki.se
  • Ann Almqvist, OFR, ann.almqvist@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 22.Feb.2019
Last application date 22.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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