Karolinska Institutet,

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

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.

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral. 

Research group
Research at the Unit of Epidemiology at IMM aims at improving the understanding of the effects of environmental and lifestyle factors on the risk and prognosis of disease. We put strong emphasis on the development of epidemiological theory and methods. Our research is based on the Swedish health data registers, and large cohort and case-control studies with extensive information from questionnaires and biological samples. The Unit conducts internationally competitive research, and publishes in well-renown scientific journals. The multidisciplinary character of the department offers a stimulating, active and creative environment.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The research project aims at studying congenital heart disease, genetic cancer predisposing syndromes, and cancer, using information from the Swedish health data registers. The doctoral student will critically review scientific literature, formulate specific research hypotheses, prepare data for analyses, conduct statistical analyses, summarize and critically evaluate results, write scientific articles in English for publication in peer reviewed scientific journals, and present results at international scientific conferences, as well as to the general public and/or authorities.

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 should have a strong interest in register based research, experience from management of large data bases and programs for statistical analyses (such as SAS and/or Stata), and knowledge of epidemiological theory and methods. The candidate is required to have an education of the level stated above within a relevant area, such as medicine, public health, or epidemiology. Experience from cancer epidemiology and/or previous experience with the Swedish health care registers is a strength. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative person. The candidate should have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability. Excellent ability to express themselves in speech and writing in English is a requirement.

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 2-3746/2019
  • Giorgio Tettamanti, Giorgio.tettamanti@ki.se
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 070-173 85 75, biborka.bveress@ki.se
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, 08-524 875 79, anne.bostrom@ki.se
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-524 874 18, niklas.andersson@ki.se
Published 02.Jul.2019
Last application date 16.Jul.2019 11:59 PM CET

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