Doctoral Student in Epidemiology

Stockholm, Sweden
22 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, The Institute of Environmental Medicine

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet and an interdisciplinary research institution within the broad field of environmental medicine. IMM conducts cutting edge research within the areas of environmental and occupational medicine, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics with the aim to clarify how environmental and lifestyle factors affect our health and which role genes have. IMM also serves as a scientific advisor to public authorities within the area of environmental medicine and IMM scientists participate in national and international expert groups.

We are recruiting a student for doctoral education at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, unit of Nutritional Epidemiology, for the project: Persistent Environmental Pollutants and Cardiovascular Disease – from Mechanisms to Epidemiology

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see:

Research group

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a department at Karolinska Institutet with an excellent record of cutting-edge research in the disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental medicine, occupational medicine, toxicology and physiology. IMM plays a central role in the education of epidemiologists and toxicologists at Karolinska Institutet and serves as a scientific advisor to national agencies within the field of environmental medicine.

The epidemiological research at IMM is focused on advancing knowledge about disease etiology and prognosis with an emphasis on environmental and lifestyle factors, and on methodological development and stringency. The research at the unit of Nutritional Epidemiology is based on large cohorts with extensive questionnaire data and biomarkers and aims to clarify how various dietary exposures and lifestyle affect peoples’ health and risk of disease.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student

The research performed by the doctoral student will include studies of persistent environmental pollutants in relation to development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The project will utilize data from prospective longitudinal cohorts and biobanks that include biomarker data and plasma metabolomics.

The doctoral student is expected to acquire broad knowledge and systematic understanding of the main research fields encompassed in the thesis work including molecular pathways influenced by the exposure, epidemiological theory and principles, exposure assessment science and principles of health risk assessment. This will be accomplished through working on the project under supervision, taking relevant courses and participate in seminars and journal clubs. The student is also expected to acquire in-depth experience in the epidemiological methods applied, statistical computation and statistical software packages such as R and Stata in processing of metabolome data; further, to develop excellent scientific writing and deliver high-quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals and give presentations at scientific meetings.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI

To be eligible for doctoral education, the following requirements have to be met:

General entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education (according to Higher Education Ordinance Chapt 7, section 39) if he/she:

  1. has been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle/master level, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

For more information regarding the general entry requirements, please see:

Specific entry requirements 

Proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school. Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the English language requirement.

For information on how other applicants can certify their English proficiency (such as through IELTS or TOEFL, previous upper secondary or university level studies), please see:

Skills and personal qualities

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-candidate with a solid background within the field of biomedical sciences and with understanding of molecular biology. Excellent writing and communication skills and an ability to interact scientifically with researchers from different disciplines are essential. Experiences of metabolomics, applied statistical methods using R or Stata and of perfluorinated compounds are meritorious. Good knowledge or strong proven interest in epidemiology is also an asset. As this project is an interdisciplinary research project it is recommended that the candidate has insights in different fields ranging from molecular biology to epidemiology.

Assessment criteria

A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. 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. The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Terms and conditions

All doctoral students at KI receive financial support during their doctoral education and employment on a doctoral studentship is the most common sort of support.

Application process

The application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae
  • Academic degree diplomas, transcripts of records in original language and, if applicable, authorised translations
  • Copies of degree projects and any previous publications
  • Proof of English proficiency as stated in the specific requirement above

All documents certifying the entry requirements must be scans of originals (scans of copies or certified copies will not be accepted). The scanned documents must be in color and both the front and the back of the documents must be scanned. Please note that there are specific documentation requirements for a number countries, please read the instructions at:

The application and supporting documents are to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.

Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.

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Type of employment    PhD placement
Contract type    Full time
First day of employment    According to agreement
Salary    Montly salary
Number of positions    1
Working hours    100%
City    Solna
County    Stockholms län
Country    Sweden
Reference number    2-5713/2018
Contact    Agneta Åkesson, professor ,
Union representative    

  • Anne Boström, SEKO ,, 08-524 875 79
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,, 08-524 874 19

Published    22.Oct.2018
Last application date    12.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET