Election

DSA Board Member Elections 2022 Start Today!

The DSA Board consists of the Presidium (Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson), Secretary, Treasurer and another 7 board members. It is the main decision-making body of the Doctoral Students’ Association and is responsible for organizing social and scientific events for the doctoral student community at KI, monitoring and championing the improvement of doctoral education and welfare needs of students, and maintaining a close dialogue with KI’s doctoral education leadership. 

Deadline: October 6

The application period to be evaluated by the DSA’s nomination committee has now closed. It is still possible to candidate for positions by attending our annual general meeting on October 16. More info with times and zoom links will be posted soon.

DSA Chairperson 

As the DSA Chairperson, you are the reference person for the KI doctoral student community. During the appointment, you will be in contact with KI leadership, the Presidium of the Student Union (MF) and with other external associations and organizations. You are responsible for coordinating the work of the DSA board, chairing the meetings, supporting the board members, and assisting in the supervision of the workgroups.  

It is a rewarding job, since you have the possibility to meet and interact with many people, understand the internal organization of KI and MF at depth, and represent more than 2000 doctoral students. The tasks of this position can easily be accomplished without prior knowledge of Swedish, however, knowing Swedish can be useful. The position requires the candidate to have previous experience with how the DSA board works. It is suggested to have a spirit of initiative and the ability to relate and communicate with people in leading positions.  

As the DSA Chairperson, you will have weekly or monthly meetings with the doctoral education committee and KI leadership during working hours, evening meetings for some of the student union’s committees, and handling a substantial volume of email correspondence. Although it can sound like a lot of work, the position has many benefits; it allows you to deeply increase your scientific and personal network, while also powering-up your soft skills and resumé.       

The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson work in collaboration with each other to complete the needed tasks at hand. They attend many of the meetings together, while some are delegated amongst themselves.  

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the current chairperson: Sebastian Ols

DSA Vice-Chairperson 

The DSA Vice-Chair is responsible for the workgroup managers and the progress within the DSA’s workgroups. As Vice-Chair you oversee the activities within the DSA and help with coordination and collaborations. It’s a very nice and rewarding job since you work closely with all the people in the DSA and get to work on your management skills. Swedish can be useful but is not required for this position. In addition to managing the workgroups, you will work closely with the Chairperson and provide support where needed.  

As Vice-Chair the workload will depend on the meetings you are attending together with the Chairperson and how much you are in contact and involved with what is going on within the workgroups. You will have the opportunity to get as involved as you would like in addition to the responsibilities you have. 

The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson work in collaboration with each other to complete the needed tasks at hand. They attend many of the meetings together, while some are delegated amongst themselves.  

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the current vice-chairperson: Manouk Verhoeven

DSA Board Secretary 

The DSA Secretary ensures rule conform and smooth DSA Board Meetings. Prior to meetings, the Secretary is responsible for scheduling the meeting, creating the agenda, properly announcing it, and collecting absentee members. During the meeting, the secretary assists the DSA Chairperson, makes sure the agenda points stay within the allotted time and most importantly taking meeting notes. After the meeting, the Secretary collects the signatures to verify the notes and archives them according to MF’s rules. The Secretary is automatically a DSA Board member, as well as part of the Managerial Team of the DSA. If you enjoy organizing and want to learn more about the inner workings of the DSA, this is an excellent position for you. English is the language of communication and documentation.  

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the current secretary: Roberto Ballarino 

DSA Board Treasurer 

The DSA treasurer is the accountant of the DSA and has the task to overview the expenses of the association. Each year the DSA board receives a certain budget for events and activities dedicated to PhD students. It is the treasurer’s job to manage the budget in a wise and efficient manner and to keep the finances up to date, as well as making sure that everything gets paid on time. There is no Swedish or finance background requirement, but it is a fun position to have as you get a small insight into finances and keep in touch with all DSA work groups to hear about their activity and budget plans. In addition, the treasurer is a board member, but has also the pleasure to be part of the managerial team that organizes the board meetings and takes part in election decisions. English is the language of communication and documentation. 

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the current treasurer: Leonie Vetter 

DSA Board Member 

The DSA board, consists of the Presidium, Secretary, Treasurer and another 7 ordinary members. It is the main decision-making body of the Doctoral Students’ Association and is responsible for organizing social and scientific events for the doctoral student community at KI, taking care of the doctoral education and welfare needs, and maintaining a dialogue with the KI doctoral education leadership. Moreover, the board is responsible for electing and coordinating the work of central and local doctoral student representatives. This workload is divided amongst the workgroups, that focus on specific aspects of PhD life at KI.  The board has its own budget that can be used to organize activities and events for doctoral students at KI.  As members of the DSA Board, you are required to attend monthly board meetings and actively engage with one or more of the working groups. No prior knowledge in Swedish is required and people without previous experience are always welcome: the board is often composed of experienced members and newcomers, to guarantee a good working balance of the board for years to come. English is the language of communication and documentation. 

If you have any questions you can reach out to any of the current board members: Valeria Messina, Jan Reising, Dina Dabaghie, Yangjun Liu, Lea Van Husen, Weiyingqi Cui, Jessica Gracias Lekander  

Standard Bearer of the DSA 

The Standard Bearer is an honorary position in the DSA.  

The standard-bearer gets to represent the doctoral students of KI at academic celebrations, such as the graduation ceremony (once per semester) and at the celebration of “Valborgsmässoafton” at Skansen. During some years, they can also be invited to the Nobel Prize banquet, together with the MF Standard Bearer. You will get to dress up for white tie events and carry the DSA Standard! You will work together with the central MF standard Bearer from which you can receive help and advice. From some ceremonies, it is required to attend some introduction hours. The DSA Standard Bearer shows in all the official ceremonies where it is invited the prestige of the Karolinska Institutet Doctoral Student Association. The tasks of this position can easily be accomplished without prior knowledge of Swedish, however, knowing Swedish can be useful. 

At DSA’s annual general meeting, Saturday, October 16, you will be called to present yourself and your candidature.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected].

Applications open until a suitable candidate is elected.