Department of Global Public Health

The Department of Global Public Health conducts research, teaching and applied work based on public health sciences and epidemiology. The department has 9 research groups, approximately 80 research students and 140 employees. At the department we carry out public health research projects with the aim to understand the determinants of health and developing and evaluating public health interventions. Our researchers are involved in translating research results into health policies and public health practices, in high – middle – and low- income settings. The department is also responsible for several postgraduate programs at Karolinska Institutet as well as undergraduate and doctoral educations in global health, public health sciences, public health epidemiology and social medicine.

Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

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 research at the department is conducted in areas such as global health, public health epidemiology and social medicine. This position focuses on global health, with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low- and middle-income contexts. The research is conducted interdisciplinary with a focus on various aspects of SRHR such as adolescent health, prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives, unsafe abortions, gender equality, gender-based violence, health economics and e-health. Our researchers have broad experience in both qualitative and quantitative study design and implementation in low-income contexts.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral student will be admitted to the Research School in Health Sciences (FiH).

The doctoral project consists of four sub studies with the overall aim to explore how sexual violence and sexual practices has changed over time for young men and young women aged 16-29 in Sweden. The project involves both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. The doctoral student will plan and conduct the studies together with the supervisors. The project has a clear clinical collaboration profile which means that the doctoral student will work closely with representatives from the health care system as well as academia.

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 doctoral candidate who have special interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including sexual violence. The working environment demands a high level of independence and therefore previous experience of research project management is meritorious. The ideal candidate for this doctoral position has an advanced level degree in global public health and a background in health care. The candidate should have worked clinically with sexual health including sexual violence, and sexual medicine. Previous experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative SRHR research such as gender-based violence and sexual health among young people is meritorious. The applicant should be fluent in English and Swedish (spoken and written).

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.

Department of Global Public Health

Global and Sexual Health (GloSH)

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full-time/Part-time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50-100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-1803/2021
  • Anna Nielsen,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37,
  • Saco styrelse,
Published 13.Apr.2021
Last application date 04.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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