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 doctoral position is connected to the research group Physical activity and sports medicine with a focus on prevention. The research group includes senior and junior researchers, postdocs and doctoral students. We investigate the relationship between physical activity and health, both in the general population and for people with disabilities or illnesses. Our research is partly about mapping physical activity and partly about methods to promote physical activity. We use movement sensors to obtain objective measurements and experiment with new methods of rehabilitation. Part of this is utilizing new technology, for example in the form of mobile apps, to support patients.
The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The doctoral project is about studying how physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep affect the risk of developing various cancers, based on epidemiological studies. The doctoral project is also about mapping e-health interventions, by conducting an literature study, as well as studying experiences of an e-health intervention among individuals with cancer. The goal of the research is to identify strategies for primary and secondary prevention of various cancers. The doctoral student is expected to work with data collection, data management, data analysis, manuscript writing, present results at international conferences and take research courses.
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:
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 are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person. The applicant should have good ability to cooperate with other people and be able to work independently. The candidate must be thorough, organized and analytical. The candidate is also expected to have good language skills in Swedish and English (spoken and written).
It is meritorious to have:
Experience with statistical software such as R, Stata or SAS
Previously worked with movement sensors
Experience of registry-based research, intervention or literature study
Previous research experience in physical activity
Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.
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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