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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

The research group of Professor Anna Wedell is interested in diagnosing, validating and identifying the molecular consequences of inherited metabolic diseases (IEM). Together with the Centre for inherited metabolic diseases (CMMS) at Karolinska University Hospital, the group aims to improve the current tools used for diagnosis of IEM, increase our knowledge of genotype-phenotype relationships, to understand the biological mechanisms that lead to disease, and eventually to lay the basis for individual treatments strategies.

These goals are achieved by working in close collaboration with the division of molecular metabolism at Karolinska Institutet and the Science for Life laboratory in Solna, combining state-of-the-art basic science with untargeted large data approaches.


The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

We are looking for a highly motivated person with a background in medicine and IEM, as well as statistics and bioinformatics. The successful applicant will analyse data from massive parallel DNA and RNA sequencing from patients and families with suspected inherited metabolic disease with a special focus on mitochondrial defects. Additionally, he or she will develop untargeted proteomic analysis by mass spectrometry as a tool to diagnose patients with mitochondrial disease, and generally assist in diagnosing and validating genetic abnormalities causing mitochondrial disease. Experience in working with large-scale data sets in combination with clinical information is essential. This project provides the opportunity to participate in a translational project with direct clinical implications.


What do we offer?

CMMS is a clinical laboratory at the Karolinska University Hospital, specialising in diagnosing IEMs with over 30 years of experience. The centre has a unique integrated organisation where clinical and laboratory medicine are combined, allowing comprehensive investigations across medical specialties. Additionally, CMMS is the national centre for newborn screening. Together with the division of molecular metabolism at Karolinska Institutet, the clinic provides 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

    A degree within the area of biomedical research is required, and a medical degree is favourable. We are seeking a new group member with a broad range of interests and experience in the following key areas:

    1) Curate clinical data, reading and understanding patient records.

    2) Analysis of OMICs data (RNA and/or DNA)

    3) Molecular Biology/Cell Biology: Knowledge in basic molecular techniques specifically molecular gene cloning, in vitro mRNA synthesis and gene expression assays including PCR, RT-PCR, and qRT- PCR, as well as Western Blot protein analysis.

    The applicant will be evaluated based on education and previous experience, relevance for the project, publications and track records, motivation, problem solving skills, and cooperative ability. Personal suitability is also an important criterion.


    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)


    Selection

    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.

    Your application should contain the following documents. We prefer that your application is written in English, but you can also apply in Swedish:

    - 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)

    All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is completed.

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