Doctoral (PhD) student position in Neuroradiological aspects of Multiple Sclerosis

Karolinska Institutet,

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) conducts research and education in the field of neuroscience from the molecular level to the society level. The clinical research and education is conducted in collaboration with other research groups from the Karolinska Institutet, with other universities as well as the Stockholm County Council.
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A doctoral position is an available doctoral education project to which a PhD student is to be recruited. After the selection process the process for admission to doctoral education will commence. An admission decision will not be taken until an individual study plan has been approved by the departmental admission board.

For more information regarding doctoral (PhD) education, see:

Research group
Our group’s main field of research is neuroradiological aspects of neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases, with the overall aim of improving diagnostic imaging in these conditions and thereby the treatment and management of patients. We conduct both visual ratings and quantitative assessments, with special focus on brain and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We also develop and validate new imaging techniques, often as part of collaborations with external partners, and we have several on-going collaborative projects both nationally and internationally. All group members are clinically active and the research group is affiliated with the clinical activities in neuroradiology at Karolinska University Hospital with a primary base at Campus Flemingsberg.

The doctoral education project and the duties of the student
The position is within a project regarding MRI-based techniques and analyses of multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology.

Duties include planning for, and conducting, MRI data collection in both patients and controls. Main responsibilities include initiation of volumetric MRI analyses and following quality assurance. The collection and analysis of MRI data will mainly be conducted at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge under the supervision of Tobias Granberg and other group members. The candidate will also interact with radiologists, MRI nurses, physicists, engineers, psychologists and neurologists.

The work will be conducted in collaboration with Professor Fredrik Piehl’s group and external collaborators at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital), Boston, USA and Polytechnique Montréal, Canada.

Entry requirements for doctoral education at KI
To be eligible for doctoral education following requirements has 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:

  1. has been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. 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
  3. 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:
Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see web-link below for more information.
Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (1 or 2 above) from a university in one of the Nordic countries fulfill the requirements in English.

For more information regarding general and specific entry requirements:

Skills and personal qualities
The applicant should have documented research experience. The candidate should be self-motivate, technologically knowledgeable and creative. The applicant must have very good English skills, communicative ability and be able to work efficiently and productively in a team. The candidate should have experience in patient interaction and MRI data acquisition of the brain and/or spinal cord. MRI safety training/operator clearance is of special merit. Experience in working with software for volumetric (for example FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM, SyMRI and/or Spinal Cord Toolbox) and statistical analysis is also of merit, as is experience with scripting/programming.

Assessment criteria
A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. 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

The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Terms and conditions
All doctoral students at KI receive financial support during their doctoral education and employment on a doctoral studentship is the most common sort of support. During the time between recruitment and admission a short-term employment can be offered for up to 6 months.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of degree certificates and associated certificates
  • A copy of degree projects and any previous publications

The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system.

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