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

In our research group, you will find a unique opportunity to work closely with top researchers in the borderland between psychology and neuroscience to jointly try to understand human cognition on a neural level. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you get an opportunity to contribute to high-quality research at an international top level.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The project is focused on increased understanding of our working memory, an integral part of flexible cognition. To this end, human cognitive and neuroimaging studies will be combined with computational modelling and machine learning. In particular, the underlying mechanisms that lend humans their ability to generalize will be investigated in this interdisciplinary project. The student will conduct multiple studies, both using EEG and MEG in human subjects as well as simulating neural networks. Thus both data analysis and network simulations will be an integral part of the conducted research.

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

The applicant is required to have a post graduate level degree in mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science or equivalent. Experience in computational neuroscience is highly meritorious (Neuron, Nest or similar). As is knowledge in dynamical systems and nonlinear systems theory. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the position, emphasis will be put on the candidates ability to work and function in a team. Prior experience working in, and managing teams is very valuable. The position will also entail a lot of independent work, so candidates can ideally demonstrate a history of independent work

Knowledge in neuroimaging (EEG / MEG) and analysis of such data (Matlab, MNE) is meritous. As is designing and implementing human cognitive experiments. The applicant will be expected to quite quickly and independently be able to engage in these areas.

Fluency in English is required. Excellent writing skills and fluency in Swedish are considered a plus. Additional language skills, the ability to communicate and experience working in an international environment will also be valued.

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.

Read more about the Clinical Neuroscience Department

Read more about the research group you will be a part of

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all!

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-5676/2021
  • Victor Skoglund, HR Administrator, 08-524 832 87
  • Mikael Lundqvist, Researcher,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37
Published 17.Dec.2021
Last application date 31.Dec.2021 11:59 PM CET

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