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 Eroglu Lab is part of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department and is located in Biomedicum. The research group combines state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques with advanced imaging to ask how heart regeneration in salamanders is governed by physical cues and cell-cell junctions. Moreover, the group utilizes cardiac organoids to translate findings made in model organisms into clinically relevant in vitro models.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

Our research group has established a salamander heart regeneration model and identified an important role for tight junction remodelling in guiding heart muscle cell restoration. The PhD project aims to deepen our understanding of the role of tight junctions in salamander heart regeneration through analysis of tight junction interactome and changes in cell composition and expression patterns upon modulation of tight junctions. Student will be involved in generation and analysis of large datasets encompassing various stages of successful and impaired heart regeneration. Emphasis will be on gaining a systems-level understanding of heart regeneration. The successful candidate will be integrated in a multidisciplinary team comprising molecular and cellular biologists and physicists.

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 highly motivated, driven and enthusiastic person interested in our area of research, and ready to explore new avenues in science. The candidate should be a great team player with the potential to think independently and the capacity to work in an organized, systematic manner, ready to take the challenge of working with an unorthodox model organism and establishing novel tools and techniques.

The applicant must have a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, computational biology, or similar, and it is desirable to have previous research experience in a multidisciplinary international environment in at least one of the areas listed below:

  • cardiovascular biology
  • experience performing and analysing large-scale mass spectrometry or genomics data (bulk, single cell, spatial)

Additional skills that are especially meritorious for the position:

It is beneficial if the applicant has experience with coding in at least one of the following languages: R, Python, Matlab, C++.

Terms and conditions

The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.

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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.

Location: Biomedicum, Solna

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-480/2024
  • Elif Eroglu,
Union representative
  • Shahla Rostami, OFR,
  • Björn Andersson, SACO,
  • Elisabeth Valenzuela, SEKO,
Published 31.Jan.2024
Last application date 22.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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