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PhD Position – Health Economics and Outcomes Research, KI, Sweden, Jan 2022

Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden

Karolinska Institute invites applications for a Ph.D. position aim is to assess the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness in different applications and scenarios, at the Division of Neurogeriatric, the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Sweden – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Division of Neurogeriatric
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS)
Karolinska Institute (KI)
Stockholm, Sweden

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Qualification Details

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:

  1. have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree), or
  2. 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
  3. 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

The successful candidate is expected to have a degree in Economics, Medicine, Public Health or an adjacent field, and a firm understanding of the principles and methods of health economic evaluation. Demonstrated experience with data management, statistical analysis and programming in R, STATA, SPSS or SAS is required. Previous experience from conducting economic evaluations, developing and applying health economic models is valued highly, as well as experience working with large health care registries. Prior knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders is also meriting but no requirement. Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. The work requires close collaboration with others, which is why flexibility and good communication skills are of great importance. A high degree of accuracy and diligence is also important for the position.

Responsibilities/Job Description

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 Health Economic Research Group develops and applies tools and methods to estimate the value of medical innovations, including e.g. new diagnostic tests, prevention strategies, digital solutions and disease-modifying pharmaceuticals. Our research helps determine how these innovations are best used to improve health and provide value for patients, caregivers and society as a whole. We are a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates extensively with research groups nationally, internationally as well as within Karolinska Institutet.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

This doctoral research project will explore the role of precision diagnostics in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease from a clinical and economic perspective. The aim is to assess the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness in different applications and scenarios. The project will address the following research questions:

  • How well can precision diagnostics in prodromal Alzheimer’s disease predict progression to dementia and long-term outcomes (institutionalization, overall survival)
  • What is the value and cost-effectiveness of precision diagnostics for clinical decision making in different stages of Alzheimer’s disease (non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment, care planning etc)
  • What is the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of plasma-based assays (p-Tau or amyloid-beta) for identifying Alzheimer’s disease in a primary care setting?
  • How could precision diagnostics enable cost-effective use of future disease-modifying therapies?

The goal of the project is to inform the uptake and implementation of precision diagnostics in clinical practice, which may in the future enable the cost-effective introduction of novel disease-modifying therapies.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: STÖD 2-5857/2021
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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.

About the Department

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2019 of 497 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Division of Neurogeriatric consists of about 65 employees. The division conducts experimental and translational research related primarily to Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, but also more general molecular mechanisms with biomedical relevance are studied, in BioClinicum, KI Campus Solna and Neo, KI Campus Flemingsberg.

About the Employer: Karolinska Institute (KI)


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.

Terms and conditions

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

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Contact details

  • Linus Jönsson, 0708 673 522,
  • Johanna Lundblad, 08 524 000 00

Union representative

  • Taher Darreh-Shori, SACO, 08-524 835 29
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,

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