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
The Clinical Epidemiology Division is one of the larger divisions at the
Department of Medicine, Solna with around 100 employees and 60 affiliated
researchers or PhD students, the majority of the researchers being clinically
active. There are currently eight statisticians employed at the Clinical
Epidemiology Division, who are part of an active network with the purpose of
developing and implementing methods in biostatistics.
The research group in reproductive epidemiology is a young and rapidly growing
group at the Clinical Epidemiology Division and includes 25 professionals,
including researchers, postdocs and PhD-students. Our research focus on risk
factors and interventions during pregnancy, childbirth and the neonatal period
and outcomes for both mother and child. We have a strong collaboration with
clinical departments, including paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and
other national and international research groups as well as other
organizations like the World Health Organisation (WHO). The group has
extensive experience in research in perinatal outcomes using advanced methods
in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. Please see Olof Stephansson's
homepage at Karolinska Institutet for more information on our research
The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
Maternal mortality rates have substantially declined during recent decades,
primarily through improved family planning and obstetric case. Although a
rapid decline in maternal mortality rates have occurred in many countries,
rates of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) have not shown similar improvements
and are increasing in some regions, mainly because of high rates of pre-
existing co-morbidities, including diabetes and obesity. Maternal severe
morbidity cause difficulty in pregnancy and could aggravate existing
morbidity, which can lead to more severe long-term consequences for women.
Currently, there is virtually no data on the association between SMM and long
term maternal and infant outcomes. The purpose of this research project is to
employ cutting edge epidemiological approaches including artificial
intelligence (AI) in the analyses of uniquely rich population data sources
available in Sweden and in British Columbia (BC), Canada. This will be the
first study to use large birth cohorts with a longitudinal follow-up to
examine the association between severe maternal morbidity and long-term
adverse health outcomes in mothers in two high-income country settings. The
study population and analytical design will ensure high internal and external
validity. The results may thus have immediate and far-reaching clinical
application because they respond to one of the most difficult issues in
obstetrics - i.e. how to identify women with a high risk of severe maternal
morbidity and mortality and strategies to reduce impairment, disability,
handicap and death in mothers.
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
The doctoral student position requires a Master of Science Degree in Medicine,
Epidemiology or equivalent. The applicant must have experience in performing
statistical analysis, as well as an understanding of Swedish register and
electronic medical record data, register linkages and performing register-
based research. A high level of knowledge of statistical software, preferably
STATA, is necessary. Knowledge in SAS and R is a merit. The applicant must
have some medical knowledge, through a medical education. A background in
Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Midwifery will be considered as
merit. Also, previous experience in pregnancy related research is a preferred
knowledge. It is required that the applicant is able to work independently as
well as a part of a research group. We are looking for a candidate who is
curious about reproductive epidemiology and enjoys learning new things. The
applicant should be detail-oriented and well organized, with the ability to
manage several projects simultaneously. The applicant must communicate well
both in written and in spoken English and have basic knowledge in Swedish.
Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4
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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.
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 Olof Stephansson
at the Clinical Epidemiology Division.
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