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

At the Division of Clinical Epidemiology (KEP), we combine clinical, epidemiological, and biostatistical expertise with the aim to improve the understanding and treatment of a broad range of medical conditions.

We perform translational, clinical and epidemiological research in order to improve our understanding of the occurrence of disease and of how to predict disease onset, but mainly to improve clinical care, for instance by addressing questions related to the benefits and risks of treatment.

Our research is often based on clinical or other registers, linked with information from the medical file, questionnaires, or biological specimens

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The current project is on heart failure in patient with systemic sclerosis, a rare rheumatic disease with high mortality. In this project, the student will be requested to see patients, include patients into clinical cohorts, extract data from medical chart and patient visits, enter data in local RedCap-based databases and in clinical quality of care databases. The student will also be expected to extract data from different sources, to link them to other data sources and lastly analyse them. S/he will also be required to coordinate collaboration between different study sites and environments for example genetics lab and immunology lab, take courses, participate actively in group meetings, journal clubs, division meetings etc.

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 are looking for a medical doctor (individual with läkarexamen) who is fluent in English and Swedish both written and spoken, who is very well familiar with all programs in Office, especially Excel, and outlook. The applicant is independent in analysing data using R, SAS or other software. Clinical experience from rheumatology is beneficial and research experience from systemic sclerosis is a must. Publications should be mentioned. Experience from using GitLab, RedCap etc is meritorious. Language skills beyond English and Swedish are meritorious.  

We expect you to be cooperative with all coworkers, to never let prestige get in your way, and to be very much interested in learning new things. It is a clear advantage if you are kind and friendly.

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.


The position is located within the Department of Medicine, Solna. The department consists of eleven divisions and each division consists of several research groups. The position is located within the research group Team Holmqvist focuses on rare autoimmune rheumatic disease. Learn more about their research here:

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4304/2023
  • Marie Holmqvist,
Union representative
  • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
  • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
Published 26.Oct.2023
Last application date 08.Nov.2023 11:59 PM CET

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