Doctoral (PhD) student position in pediatric respiratory epidemiology

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The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at ki.se/meb


A doctoral position is an available doctoral education project to which a PhD student is to be recruited. After the selection process the process for admission to doctoral education will commence. An admission decision will not be taken until an individual study plan has been approved by the departmental admission board.

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see: http://www.ki.se/doctoral . 

Research group

Our pediatric epidemiology research group studies genetic and environmental risk factors for development of asthma, allergies and other common childhood disorders. Causes and consequences of early life risk factors as well as co-morbidity between asthma and other diseases are investigated in large population-based studies. Unique resources and prerequisites at the department – such as the Swedish Twin Registry, large prospective studies, record linkage capabilities and access to clinical data as well as biological material – are effectively explored.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student

A PhD position in pediatric epidemiology is available. Large, population-based cohorts and linkages between the national health registers and the Swedish Twin Registry will be used along with appropriate measures of health and environment and study designs that account for familial confounding. Active participation in a large twin study exploring genetic and environmental risks for the association between early growth and asthma comprises a central component of the research.

The PhD student will be involved in all parts of the projects. Under supervision, the PhD student will be responsible for literature reviews, data analyses and interpretation of findings, writing scientific articles and data presentation. The project includes register data, lab and clinical data. The supervisors have a broad expertise in pediatrics, genetics including family design, environmental epidemiology and child psychiatry. The PhD student will obtain many possibilities to communicate and collaborate within the group and interact with other groups.

Methodological advances will be disseminated via networks such as the Swedish Initiative for Microdata in the Social and Medical sciences www.simsam.nu, the Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology (SfoEpi) and graduate schools such as SINGS, with the purpose to provide synergies to the entire Swedish research community.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
To be eligible for doctoral education following requirements has to be met:

General entry requirements
A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education (according to Higher Education Ordinance Chapt 7, section 39) if he/she:

  • has been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle/master level, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • Specific entry requirements
    Proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school:
    Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see web-link below for more information.
    Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the requirements in English.

    For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements: http://ki.se/en/education/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education

    The applicant should have a background in medicine. Previous experience in biostatistical analyses and epidemiological methods is a merit.

    Fluency in written and spoken Swedish and English is required since data collection will be administered independently and the group is part of an international research environment.

    Skills and personal qualities

    Personal skills such as being structured and have good organisation- and initiative talents are meriting.

    Assessment criteria
    A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. 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

    The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

    Terms and conditions
    All doctoral students at KI receive financial support during their doctoral education and employment on a doctoral studentship is the most common sort of support. During the time between recruitment and admission a short-term employment can be offered for up to 6 months.

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

    • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
    • A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
    • A copy of degree projects and any previous publications

    The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.


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