Doctoral (PhD) Student Position in Cognitive Neuroscience (KID funded)
Karolinska Institute Department of Neuroscience

Doctoral (PhD) Student Position in Cognitive Neuroscience (KID funded)

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience, Ehrsson


The Department of Neuroscience includes several research groups working on different aspects of nervous system function, both under normal conditions and in various disease states. Research projects include a broad range of studies on the molecular and cellular levels, networks of neurons, and the organization of the nervous system as a whole. The Department has a flat organization with 40 researchers, of which 24 are full professors and 65 PhD students.


Teaching represents a fundamental activity at the Department, which participates in several undergraduate courses and postgraduate education programs. Each year approximately 15 students receive their PhD from our Department and many of our graduates have gone onto distinguished careers in the academic or private sector.


A doctoral student is admitted to third-cycle/doctoral education. A doctoral education consists of supervised research, combined with courses and other educational activities. An individual study plan is established for each doctoral student. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.


Research group

The research group of prof. Henrik Ehrsson has funding available for a 4 year PhD position in cognitive imaging neuroscience ( Our work focuses on how we come to experience that we own our body, and why we experience that we are located inside our physical bodies. To address these issues we use a combination of behavioral and functional magnetic imaging methods. Our laboratory has expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral approaches (including virtual reality technology). We have local access to three state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI scanners, a MEG scanner and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and various pain stimulation devices.


The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The PhD project will investigate the role of interoception in the sense of ownership of one’s body using pain as a model system of interoception. The aim of the project is to specifically investigate how interoceptive (pain) signals integrate with the ‘exteroceptive’ signals from the body (vision, touch and proprioception) to provide a richer sense of body ownership and facilitate unity of bodily self. The candidate is expected to work within the general framework of the research project, but will be encouraged to formulate his or her own ideas and proposals for experiments. The project uses rubber hand illusion, full-body illusions, psychophyscis, pain stimulation and advanced functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses on healthy human participants.


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 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.


Skills and personal qualities

The candidate must have a master's degree in medicine, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or medical engineering. He or she should have a strong and documented interest in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging techniques. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented individual that can actively contribute with own ideas and proposals for experimental designs. Proficiency in oral and written English is necessary, as are good social skills. The candidate should have a strong track record of successful internship projects. The candidate should have strong programming skills; good knowledge of Matlab and SPM is a plus.


Terms and conditions

The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time. The doctoral student will receive financial support during his or her doctoral education in the form of an employment.


The earliest start date is September 1st and the latest is November 30th ,2019.


Application process

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:


    A personal letter and a curriculum vitae (Swedish or English)

    Degree projects and previous publications, if any (Swedish or English)

    Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above (Swedish or English)

    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.


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.


Top-ranked applicants will be interviewed in Stockholm.


The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system, no later than May 17th.


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.


Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.


Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone.


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Type of employment                   PhD placement

Contract type                              Full time

First day of employment              Upon agreement

Salary                                       Monthly salary

Reference number                      2-2289/2019

Contact                                     Henrik Ehrsson, professor, 

Published                                 10.Apr.2019

Last application date                  17.May.2019 11:59 PM CET


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