Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Laboratory Medicine Huddinge/Division of Pathology

Department of Laboratory Medicine Huddinge/Division of Pathology (LABMED) consists of 7 divisions and is active in many areas of Laboratory Medicine. The department is involved in advanced basic, translational, clinical and epidemiological research. The department is one of the largest departments of education at Karolinska Institutet.

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 research group is a part of the Division of Pathology at the Karolinska Institutet South Campus. The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Dhifaf Sarhan who is the research group leader. Her broad research focus is tumor immunology and immunotherapy to target the tumor microenvironment, and cell therapy. The position is based at Ana Futura at Karolinska Institutet, but work will also be performed in collaborative laboratories of Professors Cecilia Söderber-Naucler and Andane Achour at BioClinicum at the Karolinska University Hospital and the SciLife Laboratories. We have access to new world class unique infrastructure for developing new therapeutic strategies and studying the efficacy and safety of such novel treatments in a translational setting and later in clinical trials.

The doctoral student project

The overall aim of this project is to study a unique subset of Natural Killer (NK) cells with immunological memory including the molecular signature associated with memory formation, antigen recognition strategies, in cytomegalovirus infection and CMV-related tumors.

The doctoral student is going to work with already collected data for some previous studies. The student will participate in the design and execution of the experimental research, perform the statistical analysis, communicate the results in oral and written form. The student will be responsible for drafting the manuscripts that will be derived from the project.

Eligibility requirements and qualifications of applicant

We are looking for an ambitious student with strong enthusiasm towards science, with well communicating skills in English, to complement our interdisciplinary team. The successful applicant has completed a master’s degree in translational medicine, (bio)medicine or equivalent and strong background in immunology or tumor immunology. Preferably, the applicant should also have experience working with CMV, cell/tissue processing techniques, Immunological assays (ELISA, NK or T cell assays), PCR assay, flow cytometry analysis. Experience in seahorse analysis is also meritorious but not required.

During the selection process, analytical skills, ability to think critically and independently, as well as laboratory experience for project related tasks and personal qualities will be evaluated. We will value communication competence, collaborative qualities and abilities to interact and to integrate within the group and to contribute to a positive, pleasant and friendly working atmosphere.

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.

Terms and conditions

The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship (Sw: "doktorandanställning") maximum 4 years full-time. The salary is partly financed by the internal framework funding agreement KID."

Application process

An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

• A personal letter and a curriculum vitae
• Degree projects and previous publications, if any
• Any other documentation showing the desirable eligibility requirements and qualifications described above
• 3 professional references
• The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.



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.









Type of employment PhD placement
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number
  • Anna Rönnbäck, 08-524 837 05
Union representative
  • Emilie Hultin, SACO, 08-52483286
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
Published 26.Apr.2021
Last application date 11.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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