The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

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 psychiatric epidemiology group at MEB comprises more than 20 members, including professors, assistant professors, postdocs, and doctoral students. The group is largely concerned with the causes, consequences, and treatment of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Research within the group is based on nationwide Swedish health registries and large cohort studies.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are common neurodevelopmental disorders associated with adverse outcomes throughout life. Psychosocial adversity in the family plays a role in the etiology of ADHD and ASD, but the underlying mechanism is not clear. This project aims to investigate the association between psychosocial adversity in the family and ASD and ADHD. Both standard epidemiological methods and advanced methods for mediation and causal inference (such as family-based study designs) will be used to analyze large cohort studies and Swedish population registers. The project will be conducted in collaboration with researchers from other international research institutes.

The doctoral student will be expected to complete four studies as part of their doctoral studies. With the support of supervisors, the student will manage large scale datasets and perform data analyses. The student will also write up the results of each study for publication in peer reviewed journals, correspond with journals, and present findings at group meetings and conferences. Since the doctoral student project is a collaborative project, the student is also expected to regularly and independently communicate with other researchers, with the possibility to visit international collaborators. For more information please contact Mina Rosenqvist, see email address below.

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.

  1. A) General eligibility requirement You meet the general eligibility requirement for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education if you:
  2. have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  3. 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
  4. 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.

  1. 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 doctoral student with an interest in psychiatric epidemiology research, strong collaboration and communication skills, and good analytical competence. The following criteria are necessary: 1) a background in a relevant discipline (including, but not limited to, medicine, psychology, social sciences, life sciences, genetics, or biology); 2) good communication skills and ability to cooperate; 3) strong analytical skills. The following are merits: 1) prior knowledge in epidemiology; 2) prior knowledge in psychiatry (whether in research, clinical, or other settings); 3) experience working in a research setting; 4) experience working with large data sets; 5) experience working with statistical software such as SAS or STATA; 6) experience of professional communication in English.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Reference number 2-1971/2020
  • Mina Rosenqvist ,
  • Sara Tiste,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 28.Apr.2020
Last application date 26.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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