Doctoral (PhD) student position in Nanoengineered therapies of chronic wounds

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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 Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at Karolinska Institutet (KI) announces an opportunity to join the Bionanomaterial Technology Laboratory and research group of Principal Investigator Assoc. Professor Dr. Georgios A. Sotiriou as PhD student in “Nanoparticle-enabled approaches to heal chronic wounds” financed by a Swedish Research Council Grant.

The Bionanomaterial Technology Laboratory is an ERC-funded lab and has world-leading expertise in the synthesis of functional nanoscale materials and devices for biomedicine using flame aerosol technology. The focus of the research program lies on studying the physicochemical properties of materials made by aerosol processes and then applying this fundamental understanding to tailor sophisticated functional particles and particle-enabled devices for biomedical applications. Our lab is in a vibrant research environment located in the state-of-the-art research building Biomedicum at the KI Solna Campus.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The PhD position correspond to 80% studies and 20% teaching and administration assistant tasks. This includes lab work, courses, seminars, and presentation of results at meetings. Other responsibilities include development of methodology and work routines, management of chemical database, literature review, statistical analysis, drafting scientific manuscripts and adhering to the lab manual routines.

The main tasks of the student are to develop nanoparticles and nano-enabled formulations that can fight the infections in chronic wounds and deliver biomolecules to enhance wound healing. Work with ex vivo and in vivo models is part of the tasks. Specifically, the student will produce a variety of nanoparticles by flame aerosol technology and other techniques and evaluate their antibacterial performance, and work in close collaboration with colleagues to test the efficacy of the developed materials.

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

    Requirements for the position:

    • We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates to join our team who have aMasters degree in Chemical Engineering or relevant field.
    • Since the applicant will work in a multidisciplinary environment the ability to work with other scientists and good communication skills are important.

    Meritorius for the position:

    • Experience in flame aerosol processes, nanoparticle technology and solid state characterization is desirable.
    • Further experience with 3D printing and additive manufacturing, biomechanics and tissue engineering is considered a plus. 

    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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