Doctoral Licentiate, Student Position in Health Economics

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

Karolinska Institutet,

Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) works within some of the key areas important to fulfilling the motto of Karolinska Institutet ´to improve human health´. We focus on research, development and education in the following areas: medical and healthcare education, informatics, management, ethics, and suicide prevention. LIME has about 150 employees and is located in new premises in Solna Campus.

We are recruiting a student for doctoral education.

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

Research group

This position is located in the Health Outcomes and Economic Evaluation Research Group, Stockholm Centre for Healthcare Ethics (CHE) at LIME. The research area concerns methodological developments in the measurement and valuation of health, one area of health economics.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student

This doctoral project aims to increase knowledge on how patients’ views and experience of health differ between disease areas. The project mainly includes analyses of large data sets including the generic health-related quality of life instrument EQ-5D. The doctoral student’s duty is to obtain necessary methodological knowledge, through courses, active participation in seminars and practical application through research in close collaboration with supervisors. The doctoral student is also expected to contribute to the work in the research group.

The doctoral project is planned to lead to a licentiate degree after two years full time studies.

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:

Master of Public Health or corresponding education in Public Health, especially Health Economics, Policy and Management is necessary.

Master course in health outcomes measurement on advanced level is necessary.

Very good English reading and writing capability is necessary.

Skills and personal qualities

Experience of large data sets analyses using the generic health-related quality of life instrument EQ-5D is necessary.

Very good analytic skills and very good knowledge in using statistical software is necessary.

Experience of analyses using both hypothetical and experience-based value sets is necessary.

Very good ability to work independently and to cooperate with others in projects, carefulness in analyses and ability to work systematically is necessary.

Very good ability to independently perform projects is an advantage.

Previous scientific publications are an advantage.

We put great weight on the above described personal qualities and ability to cooperate.

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 Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5796/2018
Contact Kristina Burström, Forskare,
Union representative

  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75 ,
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80,
  • Marcus Stjernström, OFR, 08-524 866 63,

Published 24.Oct.2018
Last application date 14.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET