PhD Position in University of Gothenburg Sweden

Doctoral student position in Medical Science at University of Gothenburg, Sweden 2022


Doctoral student position in Medical Science – Rheumatoid arthritis and anti-PD1 induced arthritis is available for master’s degree candidates in Medical Science at Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, 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 Rheumatology and Inflammation Research

University of Gothenburg, Sweden


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Qualification Details

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, or2. 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.

Assessment criteria 

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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

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

Project: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation in the synovia that can lead to destruction of cartilage and bone if the disease is not treated early and with optimal therapy. Treatment of cancer with the immune checkpoint inhibitor anti-PD1 can lead to development of inflammatory arthritis that resembles rheumatoid arthritis. There are multiple gaps of knowledge regarding the function and utility of PD1 in these rheumatologic diseases. Our hypotheses are that PD1-positive T cells and soluble PD1 can be used to predict treatment response in early RA, and that PD1-positive T cells and soluble PD1 have a pathogenetic role in anti-PD1 induced arthritis. We can address these questions by clinical and experimental data from two unique patient cohorts. The first is the NORD-STAR study, a large Nordic randomized treatment study in untreated early RA, and the second is a longitudinal cohort of patients with arthritis induced by anti-PD1 treatment at Rheumatology and Oncology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

This PhD project is translational and include both immunological experimental work with the use of samples from blood and joint from the patients as well as analysis of clinical data from the cohorts in relation to PD1-related biomarkers. We expect the results to provide methods for predicting effects of specific treatments in early RA, and to provide knowledge on disease mechanisms and biomarkers for risk of development of anti-PD1 induced arthritis. The research group is led by Prof Anna Rudin who is main supervisor and works both in a laboratory environment at Dept of Rheumatology and inflammation research at Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, and at Rheumatology clinic, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

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.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: PAR 2022/746

Application Procedure

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • 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

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research is located at the Institute of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Inflammation is the main topic of the research conducted within the Department. Our research groups perform studies of inflammatory diseases, whether caused by allergy, infection, or autoimmune disease. The goal is to investigate the mechanisms underlying the body's tissues become inflamed. Many of our researchers are also working as a specialist physician at the clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, which is also one of our greatest assets.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages:

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Note or Other details

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 Medicine, Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.


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Information for International Applicants

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations. Salaries are set individually at the University. In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed. In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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Contact details

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, Anna Rudin, Professor, Institute of Medicine,phone: +46 701-424253, e-mail: [email protected]  

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