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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 doctoral student will belong to Professor Maria Hagströmer (group leader) research group at the Division of Physiotherapy, Department of NVS, KI. The group comprises three doctoral students, one postdoc, two junior and two senior researchers who all work with different aspects of physical exercise and clinical patients. The supervisors have different expertise, including qualitative and quantitative methods and RCT- trials. The group has established routines for research meetings, journal clubs, and scientific discussions. At the clinic where the project will be conducted, and among the supervisors, knowledge regarding cancer, urology, abdominal surgery, and health care organization, is well established. All supervisors will take an active part in the tutorial.

At the Division of Physiotherapy, there are monthly journal clubs for all doctoral students from the eight research groups in the division.  The doctoral student will conduct data collection at the Karolinska University Hospital and have a shared office with other doctoral students in the division which can facilitate peer learning.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The project consists of a long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), a process evaluation and secondary analyses of the RCT. The doctoral student will be part of all studies to various extents. For example, the student will under supervision be part of the design of secondary analyses projects, be responsible for data collection of the long-term follow-up of the RCT in the clinic as well as conduct interviews and transcribe the interviews collected for the process evaluation, analyze the data for all included studies and write the manuscripts.

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.

-Registered health care professional for example Physiotherapist

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

Experience working in health care with persons who have undergone cancer surgery as well as experience from research and data collection of both qualitative and quantitative data are meritorious. Applicants should have good cooperation skills, good social and communicative skills, and language skills in spoken and written Swedish as data collection takes place in a clinical environment. The doctoral position also requires the ability to work independently and to be able to manage and plan work with a varying workload and to some extent also working hours.

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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-13/2023
  • Maria Hagströmer, 08-52488836
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO,
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
Published 24.Jan.2023
Last application date 09.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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