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
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 predictive medicine group is focused on development and application of predictive models for biomedical applications, with a particular interest in precision medicine and cancer research. Our research is based on large and high-dimensional datasets across multiple modalities, including molecular, clinical and medical imaging data.
The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The overall objective of this thesis is to investigate how medical image data and clinical data can be utilized to develop novel prognostic and predictive models for common cancer diseases, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer. In the project, machine learning and artificial intelligence methods will be developed and applied for patient stratification models based on medical imaging data and clinical data. Under supervision, the PhD student will be responsible for literature review, model implementation, data analysis, result interpretation, scientific article writing and data presentation.
Questions regarding the role, please contact Mattias Rantalainen. Contact information can be found below.
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 documentsKarolinska 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
– Have a degree in an area directly relevant for the position, including, for example, health informatics, biomedical engineering, epidemiology/public health, statistics or machine learning.
– Have previous documented experience and knowledge from analysis and modelling of histopathology image data using deep learning in a research environment.
– Have previous experience of programming and image analysis in Python and Tensorflow/Keras.
– Have prior experience in cancer research, and of research into aspects of quality control of histopathology images.
The applicant should be eager to learn new skills, willing to collaborate, be focused, dedicated, and enthusiastic about their research. Attention to detail and dedication to excellence are required.
Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.
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. We prefer that your application is written in English, but you can also apply in Swedish:
– 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.
Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all
|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|Contract type||Full time|
|First day of employment||According to agreement|
|Reference number||STÖD 2-4378/2020|
|Contact||Mattias Rantalainen, email@example.comSara Tiste, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Union representative||Henry Wölling, SEKO, email@example.comAnn Almqvist, SACO, firstname.lastname@example.orgGunnel Brolin, OFR, email@example.com|
|Last application date||05.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET|
Post expires on Thursday November 5th, 2020