Karolinska Institutet, the Department of Medicine, Huddinge

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.

The Department of Medicine at Karolinska Institutet’s Huddinge Campus comprises seven units, three research centers, and around 70 independent research groups. The Center for Infectious Medicine (CIM) is a research unit within the department, with a focus on basic and translational studies of the human immune system, as well as immunity to viral or bacterial infection. CIM is located in the newly renovated cutting-edge laboratory facilities at ANA Futura.  

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student 
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the group of Assistant Professor Marcus Buggert as a PhD student to work on a project concerning the immunobiology of human CD8+ T cells. This position is supported by an internal Karolinska Institutet KID grant. The project will be centered on understanding the heterogeneity and function of human follicular CD8+ T cells in health and disease. Follicular CD8+ T cells are primarily co-localized to specific regions of lymphoid organs and therefore the project will set-out to decipher the role of these cells in unique human tissue samples. The research group is based at CIM, a nationally leading and internationally competitive environment for studies of the human immune system in the context of infectious diseases and cancer. The group has a long-standing interest in human immunology, with a focus on the role of CD8+ T cell responses against infections and tumors in the tissue microenvironment. 

The successful candidate will take part in all research-related activities such as group meetings, departmental seminars, national/international meetings, as well as standard laboratory routines of the group. Finally, the PhD student will work to achieve the course requirements of the PhD program as outlined in the relevant rules and documentation available at the ki.se website. 

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 motivated person with a burning interest of the human immune system. The successful applicant needs to be fluent in English, have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team. Merit is previous lab experience and experience of international collaborations. Great advantage is experience in blood and tissue culture work with primary immune cells or cell lines, flow cytometry, PCR and sequencing technologies. 

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
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5466/2019
  • Marcus Buggert, marcus.buggert@ki.se
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, Carina.eklund@ki.se
  • Belinda Pannagel, SACO, Belinda.pannagel@ki.se
Published 04.Nov.2019
Last application date 26.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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