Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Medicine/Center for Infectious Medicine(CIM)

A doctoral student is admitted to third-cycle/doctoral education. A doctoral education consists of supervised research, combined with courses and other educational activities. An individual study plan is established for each doctoral student. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.

Department of Medicine, Huddinge
The Department of Medicine at Huddinge comprises of seven units, three research centers and around 70 independent research groups. The Center for Infectious Medicine (CIM) is a research unit within the Department of Medicine Huddinge with a focus on translational studies of the human immune system and infection-immunity in humans

Research group
The Ph.D. studies will be conducted in Prof. M. Flodström-Tullberg’s research group (https://ki.se/en/medh/malin-flodstrom-tullberg-group). The research performed in the laboratory of Prof. M. Flodström-Tullberg (MFT lab) focuses on the etiology and pathogenesis of the autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes. The group has a special interest in common human viruses (enteroviruses) associated with the development of human type 1 diabetes and conducts studies on mechanisms by which these viruses can cause beta cell destruction. The group is also involved in efforts to make novel enterovirus vaccines and the testing of antivirals for their efficacy in blocking enterovirus replication. The group is a member of several international research networks including nPOD-V and Therdiab. The MFT lab employs experimental in vitro and in vivo models and uses advanced molecular-, proteomic-, cellular- and immunological techniques to study interactions between the insulin producing beta cell, the host immune system and viruses of relevance inthe etiology and pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
In this Ph.D. project the student will use in vitro and in vivo models to examine whether novel enterovirus vaccines and antiviral treatments can prevent infections and clinically relevant diseases induced by enterovirus infections. Methods include experimental cell and in vivo models, vaccinations and drug administration, assays for monitoring

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 a highly talented and enthusiastic doctoral candidate. The successful candidate should be self-motivated and able to keep herself/himself informed on developments of the relevant research field, and also, have excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work productively and dynamically in a team. The applicant must be able to integrate well into the group and like to work closely in a team. Previous experience from working in a biomedical research lab and expertise in cell culture and techniques such as cell culture, ELISA, flow cytometry is highly desired. Additionally, experience in work with in vivo models is highly preferable. Having obtained a FELASA B certificate is considered a merit.

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.

KI 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.

Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2256/2019
  • Malin Flodström Tullberg , malin.flodstrom-tullberg@ki.se
Union representative
  • Belinda Pannagel, SACO, belinda.pannagel@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, carina.eklund@ki.se
Published 16.Apr.2019
Last application date 07.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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