Doctoral Student Position in Geriatric Epidemiology

Stockholm, Sweden
29 May 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Karolinska Institutet, Division of NVS

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2018 of 490 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

A doctoral student is admitted to third-cycle/doctoral education. A doctoral education consists of supervised research, combined with courses and other educational activities. An individual study plan is established for each doctoral student. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.

Research group

The position of PhD student is announced by the Aging Research Center (ARC), Department of NVS, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden ( The center is a multidisciplinary academic environment located on KI’s Solna campus. We conduct research in psychology, sociology, and various branches of medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, psychiatry, and geriatrics). The research group includes senior researchers, postdocs, doctoral students, and guest researchers. Unique Swedish resources ‒ such as several large prospective studies, nationwide research registries, record linkage capabilities, and access to clinical data and biological material ‒ are available at the center.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The doctoral studies will be conducted in the context of a project investigating the interplay between somatic disease burden (somatic multimorbidity) and mental health in older adults. The project will largely be based on the ongoing population-based Swedish National Study on Aging and Care-Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), which includes people 60+ years who are followed up at regular intervals. The protocol includes extensive assessment of social, medical, biological, and genetic factors as well as a comprehensive neuropsychiatric battery. Further information is available at The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the formulation of scientific research hypothesis and to test these hypotheses using proper study designs. The candidate is expected to learn and apply multiple analytical strategies, to present and interpret the results, and to write scientific reports and articles in English.

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:

  1. have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Skills and personal qualities

Applicants should have an MD degree and a second-cycle background in geriatrics or psychiatry. Interest and prior experience in epidemiological and psychiatric research are desired. Experience in statistical software (ex. STATA) is required. We are looking for a highly motivated person who is efficient, thorough, a good communicator in English, and enjoys working in an international and dynamic team.

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.

Your application should contain the following documents:

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae (Swedish or English)
  • Degree projects and previous publications, if any (Swedish or English)
  • Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above (Swedish or English)
  • 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.

KI 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.

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
Reference number     2-3168/2019


Laura Fratiglioni,
Serhiy Dekhtyar,
Maria Axelsson,

Union representative

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Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
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Published     28.May.2019
Last application date     28.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CET