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

The Department of Oncology-Pathology is searching for a PhD student to work with Dr Ola Larsson to study how mRNA translation is regulated by tissue composition in cancer. Researchers in the Larson lab use transcriptome-wide approaches to understand how mRNA translation is regulated by e.g. cis-regulatory mRNA elements and translation initiation factors in concert with signaling pathways. An overarching goal is to identify future treatment avenues in cancer via targeting mRNA translation. The group consists of both PhD students and post-docs that are studying mRNA translation using molecular biology and/or computational biology approaches. The mix of both wet and dry lab expertise creates a highly creative environment that is ideal for fostering the next generation of researchers with abilities to generate and/or analyze complex large scale data sets; and interpreting these in biological contexts.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student will use newly developed large-scale approaches and algorithms to study how a repertoire of mechanisms determine patterns of mRNA translation in cancer depending on tissue composition. Many of the data sets will be generated in close collaboration with Staffan Strömblad (KI), who is an expert in mechanotransduction. The importance of the identified mechanisms for cancer phenotypes can then be evaluated and patient subgroups showing alterations in these mechanisms can be identified. These studies may thereby enable precision medicine approaches for cancer treatment.

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

  • Applications are welcome from talented students with degrees in biostatistics, bioinformatics or equivalent with documented experience in molecular biology; or students with degrees in molecular biology or biomedicine with a strong interest in statistics and analyses of large data sets.
  • An understanding of mRNA translation and/or cancer biology is an advantage.
  • We are seeking a highly motivated and creative person.
  • The candidate should have good communication skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in a team.
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.
  • Excellent ability to express themselves in speech and writing in English is a requirement.
  • A suitable candidate should possess good analytical skills and an ability of critical and independent thinking

During interviews the analytical skills, ability to critical and independent thinking as well as personal qualities will be evaluated.

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 Up on agreement
Salary Monthly sallary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2169/2023
  • Ola Larsson,
  • Kathleen Watt,
Union representative
  • Helen Eriksson, OFR,
  • Henry Wölling, Seko,
  • Per Hydbring/Nick Tobin, Saco,
Published 25.May.2023
Last application date 15.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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