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 Exosome group is led by Professor Susanne Gabrielsson at the Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Allergy. The group studies natural nano vesicles called exosomes. Exosomes are messengers that transport information between cells, and they are studied as mediators of disease, biomarkers and therapeutic tools. The group is specifically interested in the immunologic role of exosomes and how they can be applied in immunotherapy. Dr. Grunewald, co-supervisor, is an expert in the immunology of sarcoidosis.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The PhD student will work on studies focussed around the role of exosomes in lung diseases, both sarcoidosis and chronic obstructive lung diseases. The student will also investigate the role of leukotrienes in exosomes as mediators of disease. The studies will be performed in model systems in vitro and in vivo. The studies will include work on patient material, cell lines and primary cells. The work will also contain handling of animals and studies in animal model systems. Methods used in the study include biochemical methods, as well as cellular and molecular immunological techniques

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
We are looking for a highly motivated person with an interest in cellular and molecular immunology. Methods used in the study include biochemical methods, as well as cellular and molecular immunological techniques, and experience in these methods is desirable.

The following qualifications will be especially valued:

-Master degree in immunology and/or studies in lung diseases or cancer.

-Experience in immunological techniques, cell culture, and exosome analyses.

-Good knowledge in the English Language, written and spoken.

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 PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-641/2020
  • Professor Susanne Gabrielsson, +46 70 769 41 27
Union representative
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, +46 70 173 85 75
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 06.Feb.2020
Last application date 16.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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