Doctoral (PhD) student position in epidemiology of aging

Karolinska Institute Stockholm
January 02, 2023
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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 aging research group at MEB is involved in a wide variety of research projects, including molecular and genetic epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, as well as twin and family studies. The group contains about 20 people - from senior professor to PhD- and master students - with seven different PI´s collaborating on many research topics within aging. Research interests are cardio-metabolic health, biological aging, dementia, frailty, polypharmacy in the old and many more. For more information please contact Ida Karlsson, see information below.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral project aims at studying how adiposity influences the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, going beyond studying body mass index by also considering e.g. genetic predisposition and metabolic health. Different epidemiological and genetic methods will be applied to examine potential mediators and confounding factors. We use large epidemiological data from the Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS) consortium, including the Swedish Twin Registry, and from the Health and Retirement Study. In addition to work with the doctoral project, (including study design, data cleaning and analysis, and drafting manuscripts), the PhD student will also attend relevant courses and present the project at international conferences.

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:

  • have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree), or
  • 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
  • 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 applicant should have a master's degree in public health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, or related discipline, and have a strong interest in cardio-metabolic health and aging
  • The applicant should have at least some experience in data management and statistical analyses
  • Experience with epidemiological or genetic research is a strong merit, as is experience in research in the field of cardio-metabolic health and aging
  • Experience and skills in scientific writing is meriting
  • Programming skills in STATA or R is considered a strong merit
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • The applicant should be able to work well in a team, as well as having the ability to work independently
  • 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 2-4975/2022
    • Ida Karlsson, Assistant professor,
    • Adina Nisell, HR,
    Union representative
    • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
    • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
    • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
    Published 12.Dec.2022
    Last application date 02.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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