Do you want to contribute to improving human health?
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
Research group Pansell belongs to the Division of Eye and Vision, located at
Marianne Bernadotte Centre at St Erik's Eye Hospital. The group consists of
researchers and clinically active researchers who work within paediatric
ophthalmology or brain injury rehabilitation. We all have a common interest in
better understanding the causal mechanisms of visual impairment in congenital
and acquired brain injuries or diseases affecting the visual pathways.
The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The starting point for this project is the clinical challenge of assessing
patients suffering from dizziness and instability when moving their eyes or in
response to a moving visual field. This project will evaluate possible visual
motion perception dysfunction from its psychophysical properties to
neurophysiology during fixation and saccadic eye movement. Specifically, how
visual cortical suppression is controlled during saccades and how traumatic
brain injuries might affect this visual suppression mechanism. The project
will also include developing new diagnostic and longitudinal monitoring tools
to deepen the knowledge of impaired visual motion processing and help
physicians identify electrophysiological markers during a clinical
examination. We hypothesize that dizziness might occur in a faulty suppression
mechanism during saccades, acting over a dysfunctional visual motion network,
causing a sensation of perceptual conflict eliciting postural instability and
You will, as the doctoral student i) set up laboratory equipment and
experiments, elaborating this visual suppression mechanism. This work includes
some minor adjustments of programming code in creating visual stimuli, setting
up and synchronize multiple systems (eye-tracking, VEP, balance equipment
etc.) and validating the setup. ii) Meeting test subjects and patients,
iii) collect and analyze data and write drafts of the manuscript.
With the supervisors' support, you shall take the lead in the project in
reading literature, proposing changes in experimental paradigms to elucidate
relevant brain mechanisms and communicate the results in lab meetings and
conferences. This is a collaboration project where you will co-work with
colleagues at the lab and with the psychometrics research group at the
University of Bologna (Italy). This collaboration is formalized with co-
supervision by the lab head in the Italian group.
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
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
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
As a doctoral student, you should be curious and analytical. The research area
includes eye movements, electroencephalogram, balance and visual function
measurements in subjects and patients with dizziness. The project is
challenging because different equipment has to be time synchronized with very
high precision, something that has to be solved and evaluated within the
project. Most equipment is prepared for synchronization.
Requirement: Formal training to perform and analyze test of cognitive
Advantageous: Formal education in perceptual mechanisms and cognitive
functions. Previous experience in visual perception research, recording eye
movements and analyze eye movement recordings, particularly ocular torsion
recordings. Technical know-how to solve computer issues like synchronization.
Previous experience in meeting patients with brain injuries.
Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4
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
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
- 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.
Read more about about the research group here
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