Doctoral (licentiate) student position in Global Health

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To be a doctoral (licentiate) student means to devote oneself to a research project under supervision of experienced researchers and following an individual study plan. For a licentiate degree, the equivalent of two years of full-time doctoral education is required.

The research group

The research will be conducted at the Department of Global Public Health at KI. Specifically, the student will be part of the Global and Sexual Health (GloSH) research group. GloSH consists of a group of interdisciplinary researchers with extensive experience designing and implementing research and interventions across vulnerable populations around the world.

GloSH´s research focus is on sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, preventing behaviours, emerging infections, non-communicable diseases, migrant health, health economics and eHealth. GloSH collaborates with several health and demographic surveillance sites in Africa and is conducting several projects on migrant health in Sweden (including sexual and mental health). GloSH has an extensive network of collaborators in and outside Sweden. The researchers within our group have extensive expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, as well as sound theoretical knowledge on the health determinants contributing to the ill-health of vulnerable populations across the globe.

The licentiate student project and the duties of the student

The applicant will analyse quantitative and qualitative data for the project CTEST: Improving young Swedish men health service utilization for Chlamydia Trachomatis infection detection and treatment. How can we do it? based in Stockholm, Sweden. CTEST focuses on identifying what factors facilitate or hinder young men´s health care utilizations for Chlamydia detection and treatment in Stockholm, Sweden.

This licentiate focuses on answering the following research questions:

  • Do different forms of young men’s social capital increase young men’s health care utilization for CT detection in Stockholm.
  • What are the individual, social and health service factors facilitating or hindering young men´s health service utilization for CT detection in Sweden?
  • The data has already been collected for both studies. The licentiate student will:

  • Identify the theoretical frameworks supporting the analysis of both data sets,
  • analyse the quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate analytical methods,
  • as a first author, write two manuscripts to be submitted to peer review journals and,
  • support the project coordinator in other tasks related to the project.

  • 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/licentiate/third-cycle 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/licentiate/third-cycle 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
  • To be eligible for the position the successful candidate must have a master’s in Public Health, Global Health or Epidemiology.
  • To be eligible for the position the successful candidate must have experience analysing quantitative datasets using Stata and submitting papers to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing is a mandatory requirement.
  • The applicant must have the ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary research group but also to work independently to assure that the project products are delivered in time.
  • The applicant must interface well with other staff, collaborators and partners working with the project.
  • It is considered a merit if the applicant has analysed quantitative data on health care utilization or sexually transmitted infections.

  • Terms and conditions

    The doctoral (licentiate) student will be employed on a doctoral (lic.) studentship maximum 2 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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