Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

Join our award-winning team as a doctoral student in the ALGOSH: Algorithmic Management at Work program. Collaborate with top researchers from many countries on impactful studies pioneering research. You will work in a dynamic and supportive environment that promotes free thinking and innovation. Our group, recipient of the 2021 “KI Work Environment and Health Award,” provides a nurturing setting for you grow as a researcher, supported by a strong global network and extensive resources. 

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 of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet performs interdisciplinary advanced research within environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with a focus on clarifying how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and how they interact with genes. IMM is 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 of 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 includes researchers with a background in medicine, epidemiology, psychology, physiotherapy, technology, social sciences, etc. and is responsible for the master’s program Work and Health. The unit employs several doctoral students and post-docs. The doctoral student will be offered regular seminars and group meetings.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student will work within the larger research programme ALGOSH: Algorithmic management at work - challenges, opportunities and strategies for occupational safety and health and well-being.

In ALGOSH, the doctoral student will work in an international consortium of top researchers from Sweden, Finland, Canada, the USA, Spain and Australia, and have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with other similar ongoing research projects. 

The PhD project will be based on a longitudinal mixed-methods case study in the transport sector and a cross-sectional national survey with focus on three sectors with high exposures of algorithmic management. Under supervision, the doctoral student will learn and be responsible for collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting both qualitative and qualitative data from the studies. The results of this doctoral research will be presented at conferences and in scientific publications.

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 think that you have a master’s degree in public health, political science, sociology, psychology, labor market studies, labor relations or labor law, but we are open to master’s degrees also in other subjects.

•    Very good communication skills in English and Swedish
•    Good ability to understand and write scientific texts in English.
•    Project management skills.
•    Genuine interest in the effects of technology on occupational safety and health.

•    Knowledge and experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. 
•    Understanding of the effects of technology on occupational safety and health.

To be eligible for this post, a master’s degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your master’s degree within the last three years. If there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier.

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 Accordning to agreement
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1648/2024
  • Carin Håkansta, +468-52487584
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, +468-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, +468-52487419,
  • Anda Gliga, Nanna Fyhrquist, SACO-S,,
Published 17.Apr.2024
Last application date 08.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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