PhD Position in University of Gothenburg Sweden

PhD Student Position in Medical Science – Environmental risk factors for IBD, Gothenburg University, Sweden, May 2022


The University of Gothenburg invites applications for a Ph.D. position in Medical Science in the Department of Pediatrics is located at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden – May 2022

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General Info

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

Department of Pediatrics

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.

Documented experience within the areas of epidemiology and public health, gastroenterology/medicine, pediatrics, or other relevant clinical subject area is of merit. Previous experience in related research areas are also a merit. The use of statistical software and experience of data from registers and large-scale cohorts is desirable. Good language skills in written and spoken English and Swedish is essential.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Doctoral position in Medical Science

Project title: Early-life environmental risk factors for inflammatory bowel disease: A Nordic birth cohort study

The Department of Pediatrics is located at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. This PhD position is part of a relatively new research group lead by associate professor/pediatrician Karl Mårild (50% clinical work, 50% research). Other members of the group are a full-time employed (100%) PhD student (working on independent, but highly related studies to those described below), a part-time (50%) PhD student and a part-time statistician (60%).

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


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: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic, debilitating immune-mediated disease with a typical onset in childhood and young adulthood. After a rising incidence over the past decades, it now affects 0.5% of Western populations, and is an emerging disease globally. There is ample evidence that the early life environment contributes to IBD, however the nature of such factors is poorly defined, which partly relates to a scarcity of sufficiently powered, prospective data from population-based cohorts.  In this doctoral project we will address these challenges by analyzing birth cohort data on some 82,000 children followed, from birth (1997-2009) throughout 2020, in the ABIS (Sweden) and MoBa (Norway) cohorts for development of IBD. We will identify IBD diagnoses using linked nationwide health-register data.

This epidemiological PhD project includes three studies that will consider early-life (I) psychological stress, (II) smoking exposures and (III) socioeconomic characteristics as potential risk factors for childhood IBD. Causal inference will be improved by taking advantage of comprehensive data on potential confounders, which include duration of breastfeeding and other infant feeding habits (however, nutrition is not the main focus of this PhD project). The PhD position does not include bio-informatic and laboratory analyses/work. The project is part of a larger transdisciplinary study on environmental determinants of IBD that will provide a simulating learning environment and opportunities for international research visits. It is important that the PhD student has a good understanding of epidemiological methods, including how population-based studies works. The PhD student will work independently with processing/analyzing large-scale data and English scientific writing. The candidate must be organizational, highly motivated, effective, responsible and able to work both independently and in groups within specified deadlines.

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 2022/544

Application Procedure

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 (detail key experiences and the reasons to why you apply this specific PhD position)
  • 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

Information for International Applicants

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:

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.

About the Employer:

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 Clinical Sciences, Department of Pediatrics. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed, although we aim to start as soon as possible.

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

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Contact details

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, Karl Mårild, Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Sciences,phone: +46-765887277, e-mail: [email protected]


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:    

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