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 applicant will work in a research group that principally works with research into health effects – both positive and negative – of blood donations and transfusions. Current studies include investigations into transfusion transmitted diseases, health of blood donors, and how different donor factors affect outcomes of transfused patients. Research is mostly based on large-scale, clinical databases, using state-of-the art statistical methods. The principal working language of the research group is Swedish.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The student will work in a creative and dynamic research environment with a combined clinical and methodological focus. The student will be one participant in a larger project applying big data methods to understand transfusion effects in critically ill patients. The student is expected to have a high level of professional maturity and to have an open attitude towards learning and applying new skills. Because all participants in the research group are part time clinicians, the student is expected to be able to work independently. Tasks may include all aspects of the planning of research projects, collecting data, organizing and documenting data, analysing data, and preparing scientific publications. The work is expected to be very intellectually demanding and will require both creativity, analytical ability and scientific curiosity. In addition, because of the clinical nature of the data, the student must have at least basic understanding of clinical medicine.

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
The student must have at a medical background, but medical students who fulfil the basic requirements are also accepted. Additionally, documented ability to independently analyse complex register data, preferably resulting in scientific publications, is an additional requirement. Because of the complex nature of the analyse at hand, the applicant must have extended computer experience. Because the working language of the research group is Swedish, and because the work will require communicating with various register holders throughout Sweden, the applicant must speak and write fluently in Swedish.  

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. We prefer that your application is written in English, but you can also apply in Swedish:

- A personal letter and a curriculum vitae 
- Degree projects and previous publications, if any 
- Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above 
- 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. This position is located within the clinical epidemiology division, in group Gustaf Edgren.

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Reference number STÖD 2-4972/2020
  • Gustaf Edgren, +46 70 818 68 62
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 19.Nov.2020
Last application date 29.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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