Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics conducts research in epidemiology and biostatistics across a broad range of areas within biomedical science. The department is among the largest of its type in Europe and has especially strong research profiles in psychiatric, cancer, reproductive, pediatric, pharmaco, genetic, and geriatric epidemiology, precision medicine, and biostatistics.

Part of the success of our department is due to our collaborative spirit where one factor is that researchers at the department share and co-finance common resources (e.g., IT and an applied biostatistics group). The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at

For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required and the completion of a research project under supervision of experienced researchers and following an individual study plan.

The research group

The Psychiatric Epidemiology group in our department has a long history of strong research in this field. The incoming doctoral student is invited to join our dynamic and collaborative research team dedicated to unraveling the genetic and environmental causes of psychiatric disorders.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

We offer an opportunity for a highly motivated and skilled PhD student to significantly contribute to cutting-edge research in understanding the foundations of psychosis.  Most people who develop schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders receive a diagnosis in their late teens or early adulthood.  However, a sizable proportion are diagnosed in mid-life or later. This doctoral project aims to identify the clinical and demographic features of the late onset psychosis population, the associated environmental and genetic risk factors, and blood-derived biomarkers related to late onset psychosis.  All of the studies will involve analyses of existing data, and no bench lab work will be conducted. 

The incoming student will be part of the KI-NIH doctoral program, in which students divide their time and research efforts between Karolinska Institute and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (USA).  For this project, the doctoral student will be jointly supervised by Sarah Bergen and Paul Lichtenstein at KI and Kathleen Merikangas at the NIH.     

Doctoral students are expected to take a leading role in the entire research process under the supervision of their PhD supervisors. Through participating in study design, data processing and analysis, interpretation and communication of findings, taking relevant courses and participating in seminars and journal clubs, the student is expected to accomplish the doctoral thesis project and grow into an independent researcher by the end of their studies.

What do we offer?

Choose to work at KI-Ten reasons why
Career support for doctoral students
International staff

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 better health for all. As a doctoral student you are offered an individual research project, a vast range of elective courses, and the opportunity to work in a leading research group. Karolinska Institutet collaborates with prominent institutions 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

The applicant should be highly motivated and able to collaborate and function well in a team. Prior degrees or work experience in epidemiology, genetics, psychiatric research, or a related field is required.  Strong analytic skills and knowledge of statistical programing in SAS or R is also highly desirable.  Additionally, the incoming student must have very good command of written and spoken English.

We attach great importance to personal qualities in this recruitment.

Terms and conditions

The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time, and the starting date is flexible.

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 Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1516/2024
  • Sarah Bergen, 072 873 1354,
  • Carina Olofsson Moreno, HR-partner,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 08.Apr.2024
Last application date 31.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

Return to job vacancies