Doctoral student position in experimental oncology

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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

Applications are invited for a doctoral student position in the research group of Malin Wickström, the division of Paediatric Oncology and  Paediatric Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet. The division of Paediatric Oncology and  Paediatric Surgery consists of interdisciplinary research groups that are conducting laboratory, clinical, survivorship and healthcare research with the major aim to further improve the survival of children with cancer, and the quality of life for these children and their families.

The research in the group of Malin Wickström involves translational studies of neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, particularly focusing on identification and molecular characterization of novel therapies in vitro and in vivo.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The successful candidate will work within a doctoral project with the aim to identify and evaluate novel therapeutic targets in neuroblastoma, with focus on targeting proteins connected to neurogenesis and their function in disease progression and therapy resistance. The candidate is expected to work within the general framework of the research project, but will be encouraged to contribute with ideas and proposals for experiments. The PhD studies correspond to 4 years of full-time studies and include laboratory work within broad range of methods in molecular biology and pharmacology as well as with in vitro and in vivo neuroblastoma models, doctoral courses (general and project related), seminars and meetings.

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 are seeking a highly motivated person with an interest for tumor biology and preclinical drug studies in vitro and in vivo. The successful candidate should be self-motivated and has the ability to work dynamically in a group. He/she is expected to have excellent communication and organizational skills. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requisite, and basic communication skills in Swedish is an advantage. Applicants should hold a masters' degree (or equivalent) in biomedicine, pharmacology or similar. Excellent laboratory skills in molecular biology methods and cell culture are required. Previous experience in the research field (such as pediatric cancer, neurogenesis signaling) and with methods in preclinical cancer research including animal models is seen as an advantage. The applicant will be assessed on the basis of education and experience relevant to the project, motivation, communication skills and cooperative ability.

    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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