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 student will join the research groups of Klas Blomgren and André Fisahn. The project is funded in part by a KI/NIH grant and the student will spend part of the 4 years at Chris McBain’s lab at NIH in Bethesda, MD, USA. The groups use animal models of neurodegeneration, specifically Alzheimer’s Disease and cranial radiotherapy. We use electrophysiology and other methods to characterize the roles of brain oscillations, particularly gamma oscillations, in the cognitive decline observed in these neurodegenerative conditions.

The labs are located in BioClinicum on floors 9 and 10, in Solna. The group provides excellent training opportunities in an international working environment, with national and international collaborations.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The PhD student will perform electrophysiological analyses of the brain circuitry in the animal models used. Electrophysiology provides the foundation of the project, complemented with other methods to elucidate the roles of excitatory and inhibitory neuronal populations. These include immunohistochemistry, immunodetection of specific proteins in tissue extracts or blood, single-cell RNA sequencing, bioinformatics, and cell culture.

The PhD student is expected to take a lead in project management, data analyses and interpretation of results. The duties also include working in a team, and to adhere to high scientific standards. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment and to engage in continuous professional development is a must.

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

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate who has a degree in biomedical sciences. Proven experience with electrophysiology is highly meritorious. Previous experiences with animal models, molecular and cellular techniques, and with software for statistical analyses are particularly advantageous. A strong interest in interdisciplinary research and creative thinking abilities are essential.

The ideal candidate should be collaborative, scientifically adventurous, curiosity-driven, and should bring independent and original ideas into the project. Since the applicant will work in a multidisciplinary environment the ability to work with other scientist and good communication skills (proficiency in spoken and written English) are necessary.

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.


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 2-778/2022
  • Klas Blomgren, Professor of Paediatrics,
  • Sabina Brinkley, HR-partner, 08-524 823 80
Union representative
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO,
Published 17.Feb.2022
Last application date 03.Mar.2022 11:59 PM CET

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