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Doctoral (PhD) student position in caring sciences at Uni of Gavle, Sweden 2022


Doctoral (PhD) student position is available for master’s degree candidates in caring sciences at the Department of Caring sciences, University of Gavle, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Caring sciences

University of Gävle (HIG), Sweden


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Qualification Details

In order to possess basic eligibility for doctoral-level studies, a person is required to have a second-cycle (advanced level) degree, or to have completed courses consisting of at least 240 credits, of which 60 must be second-cycle level, or to have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or in another country. The university may allow exceptions to the requirement of basic eligibility for an individual applicant, if there are special reasons for this. The eligibility must have been obtained by the application deadline.

The nature of the work requires a well-developed ability to work independently as well as in a team, and good oral and written communication skills in Swedish and English. As a doctoral student, you must possess the will to seek new knowledge and be able to discuss and explain your research to those who are not active in your own field, both nationally and internationally. For this educational position at the doctoral level, it is considered a special merit to have a specialist nursing degree. Additionally, it is of special merit basic education in the field of health care, experience in cancer care/cancer rehabilitation as well as of handling register data and/or questionnaires.

The selection of applicants for an educational position is made on the basis of a total assessment of the applicants ability to benefit from the education. The selection procedure is based on the following criteria for assessing the applicants:

  • Formal eligibility to be accepted for doctoral education
  • Relevance and scope of educational background
  • The quality of the application
  • The quality of the applicants essays, degree projects or equivalent work
  • Research-related work experience, with regards to both quantity and contents, and/or other work experience relevant to the doctoral education
  • Competence and direction in relation to the specific educational position
  • Ability to benefit from doctoral education, on the basis of submitted documents, interviews and, where relevant, tests and assignments
  • Ability to contribute to the scientific environment where the doctoral education will take place
  • Assessments collected from references

The fact that an applicant is considered eligible to have their previous education or work experience recognised for the education may not give that applicant an advantage over others in the selection process (HF 7 ch 41 §).

Responsibilities/Job Description

The person accepted for a doctoral educational position will mainly spend their time conducting scientific projects, as well as complete courses equivalent to at least 60 credits. S/he is also expected to write a doctoral thesis, equivalent to 180 credits. The doctoral student may also teach and do administrative work, not exceeding 20 percent of full-time. This will extend the time frame of the doctoral education equivalently. The doctoral student will be expected to carry out the majority of their work in Gävle, and to take part in faculty activities such as seminars and meetings, while parts of the work may be performed on distance. The overall purpose of the doctoral project is to study cancer-related consequences on health, health-related quality of life and sick leave, and to identify factors associated with these outcomes in cancer survivors. During the project, the doctoral student to a large extent will collaborate and work together with other researchers and staff of relevance to people who have or have had a cancer disease, as well as with the target population. The doctoral student will handle different types of contacts with people who have or have had a cancer disease and carry out data collection in registers and using questionnaires. The doctoral student will participate in a research environment that has been developed within the framework of one of the University of Gävle's strategic research programs Including Working Life, in close collaboration with various parties from the surrounding society. The doctoral student will be connected to the third-cycle qualification area of Health-promoting worklife, and will be admitted within the doctoral subject of Caring science. The communal research environment will also include doctoral students in the subjects of Occupational health science, Industrial economics and Social work. The development of the research environment is based on the universitys strategic research area Health-promoting work, and on Region Gävleborgs research activities. It is also connected to the area of Regional development/innovation, within the area of Sustainable inclusive worklife. The common vision is that this project will be developed into a doctoral student research school. The main supervisor is Anna Efverman, associate professor.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: HIG-STÖD 2022/150

Application Procedure

Applications for an educational position must be supplemented by a

  • curriculum vitae
  • document proving your basic eligibility
  • list of persons serving as references
  • Verified copies of earlier work (for example, thesis, any previous scientific publications) as well as other documentation you wish to refer to

For applicants with degrees from a foreign university: Authorised translations of all documentation in Swedish or English must be submitted, unless the documents were originally written in Norwegian, Danish or English. For more information regarding documentation requirements please visit

About the Department/Section/Group

The vision of University of Gävle is to be the first choice for all who want to make a difference. We offer around 60 study programmes and 300 freestanding courses in the fields of the humanities, health care and medicine, social and natural sciences and technology. University of Gävle is one of the most popular university colleges in Sweden (applicants per place). We have around 16 000 students, 750 employees, and our campus is concentrated in space in beautiful surroundings.

The research area Health-promoting work life is directed towards different aspects of occupational health, from physical, psychological and social perspectives. In a work life context, health and health promotion must be given a broad definition. The research in this area must contribute to the knowledge about health-promoting work life and/or causal explanations of the etiology of work-related ill-health, how it can be prevented and treated. This research area also includes leadership and organisational issues and their relationships with employee health, as well as research about facilitators and obstacles to returning to work and remaining in the work life with long-term ill-health, and work life longevity.

The Department of Caring sciences works to strengthen research in caring sciences as well as multidisciplinary research. When joining the Department of Caring sciences, you become part of a group of around 75 colleagues. The department offers the nursing and specialist nursing degree programs, as well as first-, second-, and third-cycle independent courses.

The Faculty of Health and occupational studies, Department of Caring Sciences, hereby announce an educational position at the doctoral level (240 credits) with a doctoral degree in caring sciences as its final outcome.

The position is full-time. The workplace is in Gävle.

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Note or Other details

Form of employment: Temporary employment
Extent: Full-time
Access: Start date is 220601, or in accordance with individual agreement
Number of jobs: 1
Place: Gävle, Gävleborg County

Other information

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence. The employment is a doctoral student employment, please see the Higher Education Ordinance SFS 1993:100, chapter 5, for more information. The applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with this announcement, and for submitting it to the university in time for the application deadline. University of Gävle strives for gender balance and for an active promotion of equal opportunities in all parts of the organisation.

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Contact details

Maria Lindberg Cellphone: 073-689 30 43E-mail: [email protected]

Anna Efverman Telephone: 026-64 85 00 vxlE-mail: [email protected]

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