Doctoral (PhD) student positions in Migrant Health and SRHR in Sweden

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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
At the Department of Public Health Sciences we conduct research, teaching and consultancy on the basisof the concepts of public health and epidemiology. The research is focused on health problems in the population and how to combat these through preventative social measures and the development of suitable health care systems. The activities have a strongly international character. The Department consists of approximately 150 employees who are divided into research groups which operate within the fields of global health, public health epidemiology and social medicine. In addition, we have approximately 60 research students.

The announced positions will be in the Global Health, HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights research group. The group has a multidisciplinary competence in medicine, epidemiology, health economics, statistics, social sciences and health systems research.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the students
The doctoral project is about migrant health and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sweden. The project consist of two twin projects to be conducted mainly in Sweden by two doctoral students. The duties of the PhD students include participation in data collection (e.g. interviews, data bases), management of various data sets, the compilation and analysis of results and the writing of scientific articles. The students are also expected to actively participate in research seminars and teaching, present an abstract at at least one scientific conference and complete up to 30 course credits.

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

    • At least a graduate degree (master’s) in a topic relevant for Global Health/Public Health research
    • Previous experience in the field of infectious diseases among migrants in Sweden or abroad
    • Proven experience in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
    • Experience of literature reviews
    • Experience in health policy, health systems strengthening, sexual and reproductive health and infectious diseases (HIV/STI)
    • Experience working with governments at the national and local levels, as well as with community-based organizations
    • Experience in presentation of results and writing of scientific texts

     Fluent English in writing and speaking is a requirement as the work environment is international, and fluency in Swedish and at least one more languages is a big advantage for this position working with migrant issues using Swedish data.

    Skills and personal qualities
    We are looking for two ambitious and enthusiastic students with in-depth knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, infectious diseases, as well as HIV and health systems. It is an advantage if the student is independent in the field to coordinate this type of research. Experience of research management as well as previous publications is an advantage.

    The candidates should be self-motivated with good communication skills and have an ability to interact effectively and work productively in an international and interdisciplinary team.

    As parts of the project is carried out abroad, the applicant must be flexible when it comes to travels.

    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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