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Doctoral position in Medical Science
Project title: Longitudinal clinical screening and digital lifestyle intervention to prevent disease progression from gestational diabetes to type 2 diabetes
The Department of Physiology is located at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. The Department conducts research within the area of physiology. Several projects involve a close collaboration with the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. We offer undergraduate courses as parts of study programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Speech and language pathology, Dental hygiene, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy and the bachelor program of Cognitive Science. The research groups at the Department represent a broad range of research areas within the field of physiology.
General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university’s doctoral student pages https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true
The PhD education in Medical Science comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see https://www.gu.se/en/sahlgrenska-akademin/doctoral-studies
Project: Gestational diabetes (GDM) may have serious short- and long-term consequences for both woman and child. Although glucose levels generally normalise after delivery, GDM increases the risk sevenfold for type-2-diabetes (T2D) within a ten-year period. Several studies show that the T2D risk after GDM can be reduced by lifestyle interventions and that early detection of impaired glucose tolerance is of great importance. There is currently, however, no satisfactory follow-up program after GDM leading to missed cases and delayed diagnosis of T2D. The objective of the PhD project is to measure and determine behavioural and biological factors important for disease progression from GDM to IGT/T2D, and to intervene by internet-based lifestyle modifications to reduce identified risks. This translational project will utilize two clinical studies- the completed longitudinal PONCH study and the ongoing prospective PREPP study. In PONCH, women were screened 6-10 years after GDM pregnancies with blood sampling, clinical assessments, questionnaires and fitness testing. Metabolomics and proteomics are currently used to identify novel risk markers in this cohort. In the prospective PREPP study, we aim for earlier detection of IGT with intention to prevent disease progression. PREPP includes thorough physiological and clinical assessments 2-6 years after GDM, as well as wearable sensors monitoring behavioral risk parameters. The PREPP screening is combined with a randomized digital and tailored lifestyle intervention. As a doctoral student, you will hold clinical visits (including blood sampling, measurement of body composition and participant interviews), visits with fitness tests (including measurement of aerobic fitness and muscle strength), and measurement of physical activity in everyday life using activity monitors. You are also expected to have good oral and written proficiency in Swedish as the data collection is in Swedish.
Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree. As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.
Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.
The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are: 1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or 2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or 3. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad. Specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general syllabus, are: having completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.
The selection of applicants who are considered to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme and who meet the general and specific eligibility requirements are assessed based on the following documented qualifications: – specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields – experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology – scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.
Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.
Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.
The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.
For more information about the project please contact principal supervisor Ulrika Andersson Hall, Associate Professor, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, e-mail: email@example.com
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande
You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.
You must include the following, in pdf format
- Personal letter
- Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
- Proof of completion of English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, make sure that you attach a diploma and full transcripts that makes assessing your degree easier.
If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.
For information on what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement see https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements/
Applications must be received by: 2023-06-07
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