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 research group in chronic inflammatory disease epidemiology is based at the Clinical Epidemiology Division at the Department of Medicine in Solna. We are approximately 25 people (doctoral students, postdocs, statisticians, senior researchers) with different backgrounds but with common research interests, namely the study of inflammatory diseases using Swedish national registers and clinical data. See our homepage for more information about who we are and what we do ( Our research is supported by several different funding sources, both public and private.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
We are looking for a motivated and curious student who wishes to pursue a PhD-degree in epidemiology while being part of a dynamic research environment at the intersection of academia, health care, and the private sector.

The doctoral student will work with studies comparing effectiveness and safety of different treatment strategies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The studies are based on real-world data derived from a large Swedish observational study (CombatMS), Swedish Neuro Registry and national health and census registries. Throughout the project, the student will have the opportunity to learn, develop, and apply a range of epidemiological methods and study designs, with a specific focus on the large Swedish registers, and methodologies important to pharmacoepidemiological questions. The student will be supervised by experts in epidemiology, statistics, and neurology.

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 seeking an enthusiastic student with an interest in epidemiological methods and neurology. For this position, previous knowledge in epidemiology is a requirement, preferably corresponding to a Master of Science degree in a subject related to the discipline. Previous experience on pharmacoepidemiology and neurology is an advantage. Experience on working with data from national and quality registries is also a strong merit. As programming in statistical software will be an essential part of the student’s activities, ability to program at least on an intermediate level is required, preferably in the statistical program SAS that is used in the research group. A solid command of written and spoken English is required, and experience working with written scientific English is desirable. As the project includes contact with Swedish neurology units, knowledge of GCP and working knowledge of Swedish language are seen as merits. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.

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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.

The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group J Askling at the Clinical Epidemiology Division.

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-1432/2020
  • Thomas Frisell, Coordinator, +46 8 517 793 03
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 17.Mar.2020
Last application date 27.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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