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

We develop new methods to diagnose cardiovascular disease with cardiovascular magnetic resonance and ultrasound and use these methods to increase our understanding on disease pathophysiology. Our team includes researchers in cardiovascular imaging with both technical and clinical backgrounds. The research is closely integrated with Department of Clinical Physiology at Karolinska University Hospital, and we collaborate closely with various departments at Karolinska University Hospital, and maintain national and international partnerships.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral project will investigate the impact of systemic diseases on myocardial perfusion using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. By comparing myocardial blood flow and perfusion reserves in patients with various systemic conditions, the study aims to enhance our understanding of the underlying pathophysiological processes and to identify early imaging markers of cardiac involvement. The ultimate goal is to improve diagnosis and management strategies of myocardial involvement in systemic diseases. The PhD student will participate in patient inclusion and study design, and will be responsible for data acquisition, image and data analysis. Additionally, the PhD student will communicate research findings through scientific presentations and publications, with guidance from supervisors.

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 seeking a PhD student with a medical degree (M.D.) and experience in analysing cardiac MRI images. The ideal candidate should have prior research experience in cardiac MR and familiarity with the various applications of cardiac MR sequences. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in examining patients using an MRI scanner (Siemens). Proficiency in the Segment software (Medviso) and basic skills in Sectra PACS are required. Candidates should be comfortable working in an international environment and capable of independently evaluating different quantitative maps. Specific knowledge of multiparametric mapping and quantitative perfusion analysis is considered a merit. Additionally, a strong foundation in the scientific literature related to cardiac MR is highly desirable. Basic user skills in statistical software applications, such as SPSS, are essential. Experience in preparing and delivering scientific presentations and writing scientific publications is an advantage. We are looking for an organised person with the ability to work independently and in teams, and are diligent and responsible.

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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2570/2024
  • Jannike Nickander, leg läk,
  • Marcus Carlsson, Professor/Överläkare,
Union representative
  • Virpi Töhönen, SACO,
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO,
  • Elisabeth Noren-Krog, OFR,
Published 18.Jun.2024
Last application date 02.Jul.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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