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.

Research group

The epidemiological research at IMM is focused on advancing knowledge about disease etiology and prognosis with an emphasis on environmental and lifestyle factors, and on methodological development and stringency. The research at the Unit of Cardiovascular and Nutritional Epidemiology is based on large cohort studies with extensive questionnaire and biomarker data and aims to identify the modifiable risk factors, such as diet and lifestyle, for cardiovascular disease.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The research performed by the doctoral student will include studies of diet, lifestyle and other modifiable risk factors in relation to risk of venous thromboembolism and other cardiometabolic diseases. The project will utilize data from prospective cohorts and biobanks that include biomarker data and plasma proteins.

The doctoral student is expected to acquire broad knowledge and understanding of the main research fields encompassed in the thesis work including epidemiological theory and principles, exposure assessment science and principles of health risk assessment. This will be accomplished through working on the project under supervision, taking relevant courses and participate in seminars and journal clubs. The student is also expected to acquire in-depth experience in the epidemiological methods applied, statistical computation and statistical software packages such as Stata or R in processing of genomic and proteomics data. Furthermore, to develop excellent scientific writing and deliver high-quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals and give presentations at scientific meetings.

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 a highly motivated PhD-candidate with a solid background within the field of public health sciences or medicine and with understanding of biostatistics and epidemiological methods. Excellent writing and communication skills and an ability to interact scientifically with researchers from different disciplines are essential. Experiences of applied statistical analyses using Stata, SAS or R and of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are meritorious. Peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals is an important asset.

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)

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.

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 2-5000/2019
Contact
  • Susanna Larsson, senior researcher , susanna.larsson@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 19, niklas.andersson@ki.se
Published 04.Oct.2019
Last application date 18.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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