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 Social medicine, Infectious Diseases and Migration research group studies social determinants and consequences of disease, evaluates interventions to improve health care access and equity, assesses the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of screening programmes and determines health needs of migrants. The research group has several research projects focusing on ending tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem through integrated, patient-centred care and prevention.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

You will be part of an interdisciplinary research project studying transmission of M. tuberculosis and establishing the clinical utility of a new electrostatic air-sampling device. You will establish the diagnostic performance of the air sampler in a controlled laboratory setting and in a purpose-built patient sampling chamber. You will study the association between the detection of aerosolized M. tuberculosis with this new technology in patients with active TB and household transmission of TB.

The research project will be carried out within a consortium in Sweden (Department of Global Public Health [GPH], KI, Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology [MTC], KI and Karolinska University Hospital), South Africa (the University of Stellenbosch) and Mozambique (Manhiça Health Research Centre). You will conduct the initial steps of the project in a laboratory at MTC where the electrostatic air sampler has been developed. Later, you will implement different research components in Sweden, South Africa and Mozambique.

You will also contribute to the management of the secretariat of KI´s Centre for Tuberculosis Research. Moreover, you will assist in the regular activities of the research group, including teaching and supervision of students.

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

You should have a good understanding of TB diagnosis and management. It is particularly valuable if you have insights into the special challenges for clinical TB care, control and prevention in low- and middle-income countries. It is an asset if you have previous experience of TB-related clinical practice, preferably within international and interdisciplinary teams in low- and middle-income countries. Strong communication skills and ability to work efficiently in a multidisciplinary, international team are important. Fluent English in speech and writing is a requirement.

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.

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Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2542/2021
  • Knut Lönnroth, professor/senior physician,, +46-(0)46-70-430 12 36
  • Antonio Gigliotti Rothfuchs, researcher,, +46-(0)8-524 852 52
Union representative
  • SACO styrelse,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
Published 08.Jun.2021
Last application date 29.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CET

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