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

Sellgren group is part of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, located in Biomedicum, a new interdisciplinary research center designed to concentrate much of the experimental research conducted at Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna. Our research focuses on developing induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cellular 3D models to study neurodevelopmental disorders. The research is well funded from various national and international funding agencies.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The project is focused on developing and characterizing a novel iPSC-derived cellular 3D model in the context of schizophrenia. To this end, the candidate will use investigate various cellular and genetic aspects of neurodevelopment in a disease context and perform integrated functional studies.

The doctoral student is expected to:

- Lead the project under the supervision of the main supervisor and with support from co-supervisors.
- Formal supervision will comprise of regular meetings with the main supervisor to discuss project progress and strategies to solve problems.
- Complete doctoral training, including courses and other research-related activities.
- Stay updated with field-specific cutting-edge literature.
- Design and conduct the experimental studies within the project.
- Perform statistical analyses with a gradual complexity progression.
- Write and revise scientific articles.
- Take part in weekly lab meetings.
- Present the project outcomes at internal seminars and international conferences.
- Actively participate in the lab’s journal clubs.
- Collaborate on related projects led by others. 

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 seek a candidate who hold a Master’s degree in Biomedicine, Neuroscience or related. You are a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with excellent analytical and organizational skills and a particular interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, You are expected to display a high degree of contentiousness, initiative-taking, stamina and autonomy, You are cooperative, flexible and thrive to work with others. Previous cell culture experience including iPSC cultures and differentiation of neuronal cells will be preferred. Previous work with 3D cultures is highly meritorious. Since the research group is international and project communication occurs in English,  we seek a candidate who is fluent in English. 

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 the agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-428/2023
  • carl sellgren,
Union representative
  • helin norberg saco,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 31.Jan.2023
Last application date 20.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

Return to job vacancies