Department of Women´s and Children’s Health

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 Lindgren Research Group at the Department of Women's and Children's Health is led by PI Helena Lindgren who will also be the main supervisor for the PhD candidate. The group consists of PhD students, supervisors and researchers within the field of midwifery and reproductive health. Research seminars are conducted on a regular basis every second week. There are altogether around 20 participants in the group (senior professors, associate and assistant professors, postdocs, lecturers and doctoral students). The group has received funding from the Swedish Research Council, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other internal and external sources. The PhD student will be located at the Division for Reproductive Health and have a working space among the PhD students and access to the supervisors.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

A healthy mother, a healthy baby and a positive birth experience is the goal for maternity care. The proposed PhD project aims is to investigate if the implementation of the care model MIDWIZE via a virtual platform can improve maternity and newborn care in Sub-Saharan African countries. The PhD student will, in a team with the required competencies, actively participate in the building and developing of a virtual platform, communicate with contact persons in the targeted countries and, if situation allows, also conduct on-site data collection and training abroad.

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.

(A) and (B) can only be certified by the documentation requirement for doctoral education.

Skills and personal qualities

Skills necessary for this project

  • Registered midwife with working experience from the field of sexual, reproductive and perinatal health.

Skills desirable for this project

  • Experience and/or academic qualification from international development and management

Personal qualities desirable for this project

  • Good understanding on how to organize work in international teams.
  • Good communication skills

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

Your application must contain the following documents:

- 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.

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2662/2021
  • Helena Lindgren, Head of Division, +46 (0) 733 44 25 99
  • Karin Björström, HR-partner, +46 8 524 823 67
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 02.Jun.2021
Last application date 21.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CET

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