The Department of Biosciences and Nutrition performs research and education in several areas of medical sciences including cancer biology, aging, molecular endocrinology, functional genomics, systems biology, structural biology, protein biochemistry, immunology, and nutrition. It offers an excellent international research and working environment, including around 200 scientists, students, administrative and technical personnel. The Department resides in Neo at Campus Flemingsberg, a biomedical research building, aimed at being a creative and open environment that enables meetings, synergies, and exploration of areas of mutual interest across disciplines.

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

Karolinska Institutet is one of Europe's largest medical universities. It is also Sweden’s largest centre for medical training and research, accounting for 30 percent of the medical training and 40 percent of the medical academic research that is conducted nationwide. Karolinska Institutet´s mission is to improve the health of mankind through research, education and information.

We are offering one PhD position (partially supported by the KIDS program) in the field of Immunology/Immunogenetics, working together with Professor Qiang Pan-Hammarström as the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition.

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The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

To understand the molecular mechanism underlying the regulation of antibody production in human B cells. This will help us to explore the pathogenesis of antibody associated/mediated disease such as immunodeficiency, autoimmune disorders, allergy and hyper IgE syndrome and to develop potentially curative therapy for patients suffering from these diseases.

The applicant is expected to be a talented and enthusiastic researcher with strong drive to excel in the field of B cell immunology. He or she is expected to play a strong role in the elaboration of scientific hypothesis, experimental design, experimentation, and presentation/publication of results. The candidate must be able to work within a team environment but retain enough independence to explore his/her results from a conceptual approach.

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

The candidate must have:

  1. A master degree or equivalent in one of the following fields: medicine, biomedicine, immunology, clinical genetics, genetics, molecular biology, cellular biology, biotechnology. Students with demonstrated skills in performing standard molecular and cellular biology technologies and specific laboratory techniques required for the project (FACS, CRISPR, next generation sequencing, single cell sequencing, primary cell/tissue culture, ELISPOT) are especially welcome to apply.
  2. Demonstrated communication skills; Proficient in English language

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)

Selection

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 Huddinge
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-245/2023
Contact
  • Qiang Pan Hammarström, Professor, +46-8-52483592
  • Thomas Tinglöv.Head of administration, +46-8-52483549
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, +46-8-52484080
  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, +46-8-52483529
  • Anders Lindholm, OFR, +46-8-52481012
Published 20.Jan.2023
Last application date 03.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET
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