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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 Institute for Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institute within the broadly defined field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts advanced research in environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with a focus on clarifying how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and what interaction there is with genes. IMM is also a national expert body in environmental medicine and IMM's researchers are scientific advisors to authorities and other decision makers and participate in national and international expert groups.

The doctoral position is located within the unit for occupational medicine at IMM. At the unit, various physical and psychosocial risk factors in working life and their impact on individuals' health are studied. The unit is multi-professional and includes researchers with a background in medicine, epidemiology, psychology, physiotherapy, technology, etc. The unit is responsible for the master's program in Work and Health. The unit has several doctoral students and post-docs. The doctoral student will be offered regular seminars and group meetings.  

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The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student will work within a larger project "Mapping prevalence, determinants and consequences of risk use in working life".

The purpose of the doctoral project is to:

  1. Investigate the extent to which occupational differences in harmful alcohol use can be attributed to work-related, health-related, and socio-demographic factors.
  2. Investigate how harmful alcohol use are related to different labor market transitions/trajectories and long-term labor market marginalization.

Under supervision, the doctoral student will learn and be responsible for literature review, epidemiological study design and statistical analyses, as well as the interpretation and presentation of results (through scientific publications and conference presentations).

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 degree in epidemiology, public health science or in a related field is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English is required, both writing and speaking.
  • Experience of handling large databases, excellent data management skills and solid knowledge of common statistical software (eg SAS, R or STATA) are meritorious.

The selection from among the qualified candidates will be based on their ability to successfully pursue postgraduate studies. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant's knowledge and skills in the subject area, the ability to express themselves orally and in writing, analytical skills, independence, and collaboration skills.

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 agreement
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1350/2023
  • Theo Bodin, biträdande lektor
  • Emelie Thern, postdoktor, +46(0)761161685,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO , +46(0)8-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, +46(0)8-52487419,
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Published 04.Apr.2023
Last application date 25.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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