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

You will be a doctoral student at the Department of Oncology-Pathology at the Karolinska Institutet, in the group of Tina Dalianis. Our group is working on human papillomaviruses (HPV) and cancer especially head and neck cancer and childhood cancer. We are presently very much involved in targeted therapy especially for childhood cancer and tonsillar and base of tongue cancer. More of our research is presented on our web page:

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student project is very much focused on experimental targeted therapy with the aim to do translational research and provide our clinical collaborators valuable knowledge for improving patient treatment and survival.

Various cell lines are treated with different drugs and the effects of the drugs are tested for their effects on the cell lines with different assays for viability, proliferation, cytoxicity etc. both in vitro and in vivo.

A candidate with theoretical and practical experience in the above subjects and with experience in cell culture, FACS analysis, pharmacological treatments and molecular techniques such as qPCR, CETSA e.g. is an advantage. Furthermore, in vivo work may apply as well so experience there is also of benefit.

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

A candidate with theoretical and practical experience in the cancer field with special interest in targeted therapy and experience in cell culture, pharmacological treatments, different viability, proliferation assays, qPCR, Western blot analysis and FACS is a benefit. Furthermore, in vivo work may apply as well so experience there is also an advantage.

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 September 14th at the latest . 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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-3305/2022
  • Ourania Kostopoulou,
  • Tina Dalianis,
  • Stefan Holzhauser,
Union representative
  • Andreas Lundqvist, SACO/Nick Tobin, SACO,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR,
Published 24.Aug.2022
Last application date 14.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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