Doctoral position in the neurobiology of anorexia nervosa

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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

Catharina Lavebratt’s research group Translational Psychiatry at the Deaprtment of Molecular Medicine and Surgery focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms behind psychiatric disorders, to enable better diagnosis, prevention and individualized treatment. Of special interest for this advertisement is research about the neurobiological mechanisms of anorexia nervosa, in particular the mechanims of the brain that maintain starvation.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

This specific doctoral student project utilize reprogrammed cells from patients to create a model of the cells in the areas of the brain regulating appetite and metabolism, with the goal to define how starvation is maintained in anorexia nervosa. This means that the project includes studies with cell cultures and molecular analysis methods. The project also includes handling and analyses of large data sets. The project is headed by Associate Professor Ida Nilsson (main supervisor, doctoral student you are expected to take a leading role in your research education process under the supervison of your supervisors, You are expected to realize your doctoral project and at the end grow to be independent in your research studies by participating in study design, handling of data and analysis, interpretation and communication of results, take relevant courses and participate in seminars and discussion about scientific reports and research methodology.

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

    We look for a doctoral student with the following requirements:

    • Master exam in medicine, biomedicine, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or related area
    • Strong motivation to engage in medical research
    • Good knowledge in english, oral and written
    • Experience with programming (R, python)

    The following competences are advantageous:

    • Good knowledge in swedish, oral and written
    • Good knowledge about psychiatry and neuroscience
    • Good knowledge about statistical methods
    • Experience with cell culturing
    • Experience of eating disorder care or research

    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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