PhD position in Helicobacter pylori and cancer

Updated: about 2 months ago

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

Our research group, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, includes senior and junior researchers, biostatisticians, administrator, PhD candidates and students. We conduct research examining diseases and surgery of the upper gastrointestinal tract, i.e. the oesophagus and stomach, with a focus on cancer. We have a structured approach to developing new studies, and run regular research seminars, journal clubs, methods clubs and PhD courses. In the last external assessment of all research constellations at KI, our group was rated ‘Outstanding’ in cancer research, i.e. the highest score possible. The group leader is Jesper Lagergren, professor and consultant of surgery and member of the Nobel Assembly at KI. He is also and professor and consultant surgeon on a part-time basis at King’s College London.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

We seek a PhD student for a research project examining how treatment of the gastric bacteria Helicobacter pylori influences the risk of gastrointestinal cancer. Methodologically, the project has a clinical epidemiological profile, and is based on a large cohort of patients who have undergone treatment Helicobacter pylori in any of the five Nordic countries. The data are retrieved from health data registries in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, where well-established national registries for medication, cancer, diagnoses, surgical procedures and mortality are available.
PhD studies correspond to 4 years’ full-time work and include scientific work, postgraduate courses, seminars and international conferences. The PhD student will contribute to data collection, draft study protocols, do literature reviews, conduct data management and statistical analyses, and draft scientific manuscripts.


Main supervisor is Jesper Lagergren, Professor and Consultant of Surgery. Co-supervisor is Giola Santoni, biostatistician.

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 looking for an enthusiastic, curious and talented person with interest and knowledge in clinical research, Helicobacter pylori-infection and gastrointestinal cancer. All previous research experience is qualifying, and experience in clinical epidemiology and statistical analyses is particularly valuable. Good ability to collaborate is needed. Excellent knowledge in oral and written English is required

    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 (maximum 1page) and a curriculum vitae
    - Degree projects and previous publications, if any
    - A description of previous research activities
    - 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.

    You can read more about us here:

    Further information about doctoral studies at Karolinska Institutet is available at the homepage KI-Doctoral.

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