Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Avdelningen för arbetsterapi

Avdelningen för arbetsterapi har idag ca 40 anställda som är lärare, forskare, doktorander och administratörer samt ett stort internationellt kontaktnät. Vid avdelningen bedrivs utbildning, forskning och forskarutbildning i arbetsterapi. Forskningen och forskarutbildningen är nationellt och internationellt ledande inom området arbetsterapi. Vi har återkommande avdelningssaktiviteter för att understödja kunskapsutveckling och psykosocial trivsel. Avdelningen finns i Flemingsberg alldeles intill Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, Huddinge.

Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

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

Make My Day is a research project grounded in theories from occupational science, behavioural science, stroke prevention, and health technologies. The project is situated in the research group Health in Everyday Life among people with neurological Disability (HELD) in the division of occupational therapy at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences, and Society (NVS). The project is also situated within the Unit for Research, Education, Development, and Innovation at Stockholms Sjukhem. These well-established research environments provide many possibilities for the doctoral student to meet other doctoral students, postdocs, research assistants, as well as senior and junior researchers.  Moreover, this is an environment in which the doctoral student can discuss and reflect on her/his own research as well as research internationally. The research group environments are interprofessional and include members with a background in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, design, public health, and medicine. There will be regular seminars and events to discuss research and education available to the doctoral student.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

Lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, food, and physical activity have a big impact on the risk for stroke and TIA. Primary healthcare has the potential to develop services using eHealth that specifically target stroke prevention. The project’s overarching aim is to study how next-of-kin perspectives and work perspectives can be integrated in an intervention as well as to update a and evaluate the feasibility of the interprofessional and eHealth based prevention program – Make My Day for persons with TIA. The doctoral student projects are part of a broader research program. Three studies will be included in the doctoral student plan and will be designed to include both qualitative and quantitative methods. Over the course of doctoral studies, the student will be expected to carry out data gathering, analyses, and writing of scientific articles with increasing impendence and under supervision. Courses and research seminars are an integral part of the doctoral education and the student is expected to attend actively. Furthermore, the doctoral student will be expected to present at national and international conferences as well as develop critical thinking in relation to carrying out and evaluating research. The doctoral student is expected to gain thorough knowledge within occupational science and related methods.

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.

  1. A) General eligibility requirement

    You meet the general eligibility requirement for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education if you:

have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree), or 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 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.


  1. 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 requirement is that the applicant has sufficient fluency in Swedish and English in order to gather qualitative data and conduct analyses in Swedish as well as write, present, and publish results in English. It is of merit if the applicant has a background in a field such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, or nursing with clinical experience within primary healthcare and rehabilitation.

Of importance will also be personal fit for the project. We are looking for a candidate who takes initiatives, is curious, and actively seeks knowledge. The candidate needs to be a collaborator, organized, independent, and flexible.

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
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 2-1015/2023
  • Ann-Helen Patomella, 08-52483726
  • Eric Asaba, 08-52483838
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO,
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
Published 10.Mar.2023
Last application date 31.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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