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

In our research group, EPICSS, at the Department of Global Public Health, you will find a unique opportunity to work closely with experts in psychiatric conditions, alcohol and drugs, investigation of the effects of preventive measures and follow-analysis of inequality in the disease burden. We offer a committed and international research environment where you get an opportunity to contribute to research that is largely based on national registers and databases. 

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student project aims at generating new knowledge about the impact of small-area deprivation on inequality in health. The student will investigate the spatial distribution of disease burden by small-area deprivation across regions in Sweden and explore if the socioeconomic standard of living areas can impact the health outcomes of its inhabitants. The project will build upon nationwide register data on health, health care and welfare and methods developed in the Global burden of Disease (GBD) study. The goal is to improve the knowledge around the impact of small-area deprivation and inequality in health and to help support policy decision and targeted action.

Apart from attending doctoral courses, the doctoral student will work with:

  • Data management
  • Perform statistical analyses
  • Interpretations of results
  • Literature reviews
  • Writing scientific articles
  • Presenting results

The student will be responsible for, with the guidance from the supervisor(s), to plan for and perform the above work. The student will also be engaged in and contribute to the work in related projects and take part in research activities such as group meetings, departmental seminars, relevant national and international meetings, as well as relevant national and international meetings. 

In addition to the PI and main supervisor, Emilie Agardh, the student will have three co-supervisors: Terje Andreas Eikemo from the Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN), Norwegian University of Science and technology, Stefan Peterson Swartling and Anna-Karin Danielsson both from GPH, KI.

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 should be a highly motivated and enthusiastic person, with innovative thinking and eager to solve problems. The applicant should also have strong organizational skills with the ability to work both in a group but also individually. Special emphasize will be put on previous experiences of working with large databases, comparative studies, having been active in scientific communities as well as experiences and a motivation and interest in global health, epidemiology, geographical differences, and inequality in health.

Excellent communication skills and fluency in both written and spoken English, is a requirement and basic knowledge of Swedish is a n important 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. 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 Department of Global Public Health (GPH) 
Read more about EPICCS research group

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 2-539/2022
  • Emilie Agardh,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37,
  • Saco styrelse,
Published 08.Feb.2022
Last application date 01.Mar.2022 11:59 PM CET

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