The Department is organized in 10 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Surgery, Neuropediatrics, Pediatric Oncology, Neonatology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Neuropsychiatry (KIND), Reproductive and Perinatal Health. The divisions have separate scientific profiles and vary in size and have several research groups, dealing with both basic and clinical science.

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 Petter Brodin group at Science for Life Laboratory and Women’s and Children’s Health is a multi-disciplinary research group developing and applying Systems-level tools to study human immune system. The group is affiliated with the National Mass cytometry facility and multiple high-dimensional cytometry methods, plasma protein analyses, and sequencing-based methodologies are commonly used.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The successful candidate must have experience of high dimensional Mass cytometry data analysis, and gene expression analyses using custom pipelines written in python and/or R. Also, analyses of clinical data, high-dimensional plasma protein data analysis as well as analysis is another integral part of the project and experience of this will be important. To be competitive the candidate must have experience in working with high-dimensional, systems-immunology type of datasets, preferably using human samples. The student will analyze existing datasets using multiomics factor analyses and other integrative methods so that experience with such methods are important. The theme of the analysis is to use the methods above to understand immune system function and composition in health and disease. One focus is on the developing immune system early in life (Olin et al, Cell 2018), and in different groups of patients with immune system dysregulation. The central theme for the student is to explore optimal methods for how to interpret human immune systems and their function using high-dimensional, multiomics datasets.

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
Our laboratory is highly collaborative with experts in different areas of experimental and computational immunology. It is thus essential for the successful candidate to be able to collaborate with people of different background and knowledge. It is also essential that the successful candidate to have strong expertise in computational biology, knowledge of Mass cytometry, plasma proteomics and mRNA-sequencing data analysis pipelines and some knowledge of integrative data analyses. Excellent skills in writing and speaking English is important, an interest in communicating science is a benefit.

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.

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.


Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-5908/2019
  • Petter Brodin, Senior researcher, 08-524-813-96
  • Sabina Brinkley, HR officer, 08-524 823 80
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO, 08-517 775 15
Published 29.Nov.2019
Last application date 09.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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