PhD Student Representative at the Central Level

Student representation at KI’s central level is super important to make sure that the voice of doctoral students is heard in KI’s highest decision-making bodies. These are bodies that shape KI’s vision, strategy, investments, recruitment and work environment. Many of these positions require that you are proficient in Swedish as this is KI’s working language according to the law.

The DSA nomination committee will review all applications and the annual general meeting will elect suitable candidates. If elected, your position starts January 2021 and you will hold it till the end of the year. 

Deadline: October 16th


Central-level Positions

Board of KI – Konsistoriet 

The board of KI is the main decision-making body of the University. It’s composed by members appointed directly by the Swedish Government, the KI president, the university director and representatives of teachers, employees and students. The board discusses issues of different aspect, from KI’s organization to important recommendations for all university sectors. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representative Sebastian Ols

Faculty Board – Fakultetsnämnden (FN) 

The Faculty Board is the second-highest decision-making body at KI, chaired by the KI president, includes the KI vice-presidents, the deans, the faculty and the student representatives and the university director. The decisions taken are related to all the academic and scientific issues, from internationalization to infrastructure and resource allocation. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representative Susanne Neumann.

Committee for doctoral education – Kommittén för utbildning på forskarnivå (KFU) 

The committee for doctoral education is the main body responsible of all aspects of doctoral education at KI: funding, course quality, admission and dissertation procedures, supervisor education and the green light system. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 3 students representatives can be appointed to this position. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Valeria  MessinaSirius Rabbani and Jan Philipp Reising.

Committee for research- Kommittén för forskning (KF) 

The committee for research decides and discusses topics related to quality and implementation of research. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Elnaz Sepehri and Benedek Bozoky.

Recruitment committee – Rekryteringsutskott (RU) 

The recruitment committee is responsible to hire new lecturers and professors and decide upon career promotion of faculty members. Although Swedish is the main language and discussions will be in Swedish, some documents will be in English. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Matilda Kjellander and Yujiao Wu.

Docent committee – Docenturutskott 

The docent committee is responsible to review the docentship applications and decides to who assign the title of docent. Swedish, some documents will be in English. 

For more information, have a look here and here, or contact the current representative Yujiao Wu.

Faculty Council – Fakultetsrådet 

The Faculty Council is an advisor body for the KI President lon-term strategic matters and is composed by faculty, junior faculty and student representatives and chaired by the KI president. Themes discussed included strategic collaborations, career paths, research quality and COVID-19 related issues. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Shamim Dadvar

Ethics Council – Etikrådet 

The Ethics council is chaired by the KI Scientific Representative and has the responsibility to be updated on national and international ethics discussion and to assure that an ethical discussion and behaviors are taking place within KI. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here 

Macroeconomic Group – Makroekonomiska gruppen(MEG) 

The Macroeconomic Group was established by the KI president and has been commissioned to propose a model for reducing government capital. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here

The Coordination group for quality work – Samordningsgrupp för kvalitetsarbete (SAK) 

The Coordination group for quality work is an advisor committee for the Faculty Board on the implementation of quality assurance processes for KI’s activities. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here and here.

Internationalisation Advisory Council – Internationaliseringsråd 

The Internationalisation Advisory Council has the main goal to discuss and create strategic actions to increase the internationalitaion of KI. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Shuai Tan

The Infrastructure Committee – Infrastrukturråd 

The Infrastructure Committee coordinate resources and investments within KI, in relation with external local, national and international initiatives, for educational and research infrastructures, including the newly built research centers: Biomedicum, Neo etc. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here.

KI/SLL Research Council – KI/SLL forskningsråd (FR) 

The KI/SLL Research council is the body under the collaborative organization between the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm Region responsible to discuss actions to implement the research collaborations between the 2 institutions. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Elnaz Sepehri.

Work Environment Committee – Arbetsmiljönämnden 

The work environment committee has the role to act as a safety committee at KI and discuss matters related to working environment legislation, laboratory safety and occupation healthcare services. 

The elected person will also work as Principal Student Safety Representative and Deputy Principal Student Protection Ombudsman which role is to coordinate undergraduate and doctoral sections/departmental safety representative, collects and help students with issue related to work/educational environment. KI will provide specific training for such position. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. The training could be done also in English 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representative Elena di Martino.

Executive Board of Cancer Research KI 

The Executive Board of Cancer Research KI is the body above the umbrella organization for cancer research at KI with the goal to coordinate and support cancer and translational research. The board finds external collaborations and funders, organizes educational courses and activities, and has a dialogue with healthcare authorities. Many documents will be in Swedish, but it’s possible upon request to have meetings and discussion in English. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Amineh Ghaderi.

Pedagogical Prize Commitee – Pedagogiska Priskommittén 

The Pedagogical Prize committee has the role to review the nominations and to propose a winner for the KI pedagogical prize for teachers or administrative staff who gave a big contribution in the pedagogical innovation and impact at KI. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Weiyingqi Cui.

Dissertation Commitee – Disputationskommittén 

The dissertation committee review and decides upon doctoral and licentiate defense applications. It meets every 2 weeks in both Solna and Flemingsberg campuses. 2 student representatives can be appointed for this position. Although the documentation will be in English, the discussions and the meetings will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here and here or contact the current representatives Benedek Bozoky and Yujiao Wu.

Course and Programme Commitee – Kurs- och programkommittén 

This committee decides on courses that are given at PhD level at KI, their budget and the evaluation of the different doctoral programs and it gives suggestions on the compulsory courses in the PhD syllabus.  It also has a strategic role in deciding which kind of doctoral courses and programs are needed at KI. Do you have opinions about which courses should be available? This is the committee for you! The meetings and most of the documentation are in English. Some course syllabi are in Swedish. The committee meets 2/3 times per semester for half a day. It is the responsibility of the doctoral student representative to read trough, comment and approve all the doctoral courses syllabus during the year, before the committee meeting and, once per semester, review some of the teachers’ courses evaluation that will be discussed in the meetings. The committee has 2 doctoral student representatives, and it is chaired by the deputy vice-president of doctoral education. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current representatives Mirco Martino and Amineh Ghaderi.

KI Council for Environment and Sustainable Development 

The KI Council for Environment and Sustainable Development is an advisor body for the KI President on the topic of environment and sustainability work. It discusses, acts as focus group, coordinates and proposes actions related to this important matter. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here.

Steering group for KID-funding 

This steering groups proposes decision on KID-funding announcements and grading criteria as well as evaluate and follow-up on previous KID-funding rounds. Swedish is the main language: documents and discussions will be in Swedish. 

For more information, have a look here or contact the current student representative Lea van Husen.

America-European Network Medicine Steering Group 

KI has been collaborating for some time within an American-European Network Medicine, coordinated by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) at Harvard in the United States. KI has signed an MoU with BWH for the purpose of officially joining the network. A doctoral representative in the KI steering group could help run the work on the collaboration internally at KI. Meetings and discussions could be held in English. 

For more information contact the current student representative Lu Pan.

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