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Doctoral student (licentiate) in Ergonomics – Sweden

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Doctoral student (licentiate) in Ergonomics – School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden. Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: Doctoral Student
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry,Biotechnology and Health
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Qualification Details

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree),
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge
  • To communicate results to a global audience via presentations and published manuscripts,strong written and verbal English-language communication skills are required.


  • Lived experience of minority working conditions would also be considered an asset.

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Target degree: Licentiate degree

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: -C-2021-1546
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

About the Project

There is an established link between psychosocial stressors in the work environment and musculoskeletal disorders. Minority stress and experiences of discrimination are risk factors for poor mental and physical health, and there are health inequities experienced by sexual-, gender-, and ethnic-minority groups at the population level.  However, there remains a knowledge gap on how workplace minority stress impacts musculoskeletal stress in Sweden. This licentiate project has two main parts:

  1. A literature review to map the current research on disparities in work-related musculoskeletal health among minority groups, and identify gaps.
  2. Using a combination of survey and interview methods, identify occupational settings, roles, and conditions that may contribute to health disparities in the Swedish context.

This is an interdisciplinary project, so the ideal candidate will bring most relevant competencies (or demonstrate a equivalent combination of relevant training and experience):

  • Epidemiology/Public Health
  • Occupational health and safety & Ergonomics
  • Mixed methods
  • Critical theory, minority stress

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Associate Professor Catherine Trask & Associate Professor Andrea Eriksson.

About the Employer: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Contact details

  • Catherine Trask, +46767048635

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