The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at ki.se/meb
We are recruiting a doctoral (PhD) student. For more information regarding doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet (KI), see: http://ki.se/en/phd/about-doctoral-education-at-ki
The biostatistics group comprises around 40 members, including 4 professors, 3 senior lecturers (universitetslektorer), applied biostatisticians, postdocs and PhD students. The group is involved in a wide variety of research projects, including population-based cohort and case-control studies, twin and family studies, survival analyses, predictive modeling, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics.
The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
Applicants are invited for a PhD research training position to work on the development and application of statistical models in population-based cancer studies, together with Dr. Therese Andersson and Prof. Paul Lambert.The project will include multistate and/or relative survival/excess mortality models applied to population disease registers. For new methods, software will be developed to help the transferal of methods into practice. There is flexibility in the exact topics of the PhD depending on the successful applicant’s background and interests, but it is expected that it will contain a mixture of both methodological and applied studies.
Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
In order to participate in the selection for a doctoral position at Karolinska Institutet, 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:
- has been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
- 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
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
Specific entry requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school is an entry requirement for doctoral education at KI. Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries has met the requirements in English.
Follow the link below for information on how other applicants can certify their English proficiency (such as through IELTS or TOEFL, previous upper secondary or university level studies).
For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements, please see: http://ki.se/en/phd/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education
Skills and personal qualities
The successful applicant should have a solid background in mathematics and statistics. It is desirable to have a good undergraduate degree with good coverage of statistical methods and/or a master degrees in statistics/biostatistics. Prior experience of survival analysis methods would be an advantage. The applicant should have good communication skills and be proficient in spoken and written English.
Terms and conditions The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship (Sw: doktorandanställning) during the 4 years of doctoral education.
The application and supporting documents are to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.
An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:
A personal letter and a curriculum vitae Documents certifying the entry requirements*: Academic degree diplomas, transcripts of records, and if applicable, authorised translations Copies of degree projects and any previous publications Proof of English proficiency Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described 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: http://ki.se/en/phd/entry-requirements-eligibility-for-doctoral-education
If an applicant claims equivalent konwledge (point 3 under general entry requirements above) for the eligibility assessment, a form has to be filled in and submitted. Please find more information here: https://ki.se/en/phd/assessing-equivalent-knowledge-for-general-eligibility-for-doctoral-education
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.
The selection process will include several steps. The most suitable applicants will proceed to the next step which includes personal interviews. All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is done.
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.
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