Doctoral (PhD) student position in Medical pedagogy

Karolinska Institute Stockholm


November 27, 2021


Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

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 is a part of the Department of Medicine Solna, and our research aims to contribute to improved surveillance and management for people living with systemic lupus erythematosus. Moreover, the research group also focuses on research within medical pedagogy. The Department of Medicine Solna is one of the largest departments at the Karolinska Institutet. The core activities of the Department of Medicine Solna are clinical and undergraduate education for medical as well as biomedical students, post-graduate education including at present 200 registered PhD students, and research in different areas of biomedicine.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The overall purpose of the doctoral project is to develop and compare different modalities, i.e. a social robotic (Furhat) and a semi-linear platform (Virtual Interactive Cases; VIC) for virtual patient cases, with the goal of enhancing clinical reasoning, interprofessional collaboration and communication in health professions education at KI. We will investigate the following specific research issues:

  • The additive value of Furhat compared with VIC in terms of observed interactions that foster acquirement of clinical reasoning skills.
  • The additive value of Furhat compared with VIC in terms of observed interactions that foster empathy towards the presented patient.
  • The additive value of Furhat compared with VIC in terms of observed interactions that foster interprofessional collaboration, using recorded sessions of medical and nursing students using the modality in pairs.
  • The additive value of Furhat compared with VIC in terms of observed interactions that foster acquirement of communication, tolerance and stress management skills, through presentation of the same patient scenario through e.g. different behavioural or reaction patterns (e.g. the angry patient, the silent patient, and the dissatisfied patient), different cultural backgrounds, or self-identification patterns.
  • The doctoral student is going to work with the creation of virtual patient cases within Furhat and VIC. The student will be involved in the design of the studies, including construction of data collection systems. The student will be responsible for collecting and structuring data needed for the studies, e.g. observations of interactions that foster acquirement of clinical reasoning skills, increased empathy, interprofessional collaboration and communication skills. The student will be responsible for drafting the manuscripts that will be derived from the project.

    The student will attend group meetings and journal clubs, be given opportunities to present the research in local meeting as well as national and international conferences. Apart from work directly related to the studies of the doctoral project, the student is expected to contribute to all functions and duties of the 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 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

    Expertise in statistical analysis using SPSS and R will be required. Candidates with previous work within the field will be prioritised for the position. Previous experience of development of virtual patient cases in VIC will be valued. Candidates with strong ability to work independently will be prioritised. We also value communication competence, collaborative qualities, and ability to interact, integrate in the group and contribute to a positive, pleasant and friendly working atmosphere. Other requirements include a medical degree or a medical student close to graduation. Previous clinical and research experience within the field of rheumatology, systemic lupus erythematosus in particular will be valued.

    Terms and conditions

    The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.

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    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 and a curriculum vitae - Degree projects and previous publications, if any - 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.


    The employment is at the Department of Medicine, Solna. The Department consists of twelve divisions and each division consists of several research groups. This position is located within the research group of Ioannis Parodis/Per-Johan Jakobsson at the Reumatology Division.

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    Type of employment PhD placement
    Contract type Full time
    Number of positions 1
    Working hours 100
    City Solna
    County Stockholms län
    Country Sweden
    Reference number STÖD 2-5075/2021
    • Ioannis Parodis, +46 72 232 13 22
    Union representative
    • Afsar Rahbar OFR,
    • Louisa Cheung, SACO,
    • Bruna Gigante, SACO,
    Published 18.Nov.2021
    Last application date 27.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET