School of Health and Welfare, Forskarskolan

The School of Health and Welfare in Jönköping is looking for a PhD student in the field of Health and Care Sciences

The School of Health and Welfare

The School of Health and Welfare is part of Jönköping University and one of the leading universities in the country for academic studies in health, care and social work. We work interdisciplinary with a focus on practical benefits. You work in an organization that provides you with skills development and opportunities to participate and influence.

Your PhD thesis will be a part of a large project with the overall aim of investigate the causes and consequences of obesity across the adult life span. Specifically, will the influences of genetic and environmental factors on obesity and on weight changes be studied, and these will in turn be linked to health and survival in late life. To achieve this aim, data from large epidemiological studies with a focus on aging will be analyzed, but smaller data collection might be required.


You will mainly devote yourself to your research education, but it may also be required for you to teach or work with education management to a limited extent. Each PhD student at the School of Health and Welfare follow an individual study plan, completes joint doctoral student courses and works with the dissertation project.

As a PhD student in this project, you will work on analyzing longitudinal data focusing on measurements of weight, waist- and hip-circumference and health, compiling and presenting results, as well as writing scientific articles.

We are looking for

You who have the ability to work independently as well as you are careful and can keep given timeframes. You have good cooperation and communication skills and can express you well in spoken and written English.

  • Advanced Degree (240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits at advanced level)
  • Graduated Degree in Gerontology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Care Sciences, Statistics or related topics.
  • Quantitative methods of at least 7.5 ECTS credits (advanced level)

Merit is whether you have knowledge and experience of quantitative data analysis with SAS, SPSS, R or STATA, as well as experience in compiling and presenting results from such analysis. It is also a pretext if you have previously participated in research projects, especially projects with gerontological and/or epidemiological focus. We would like to see that applicants have work experience from the care and care of the elderly, but they are not required to apply for PhD position.   

Access no earlier than 14 January 2019 or by agreement. 


Welcome with your application, no later than December 17, 2018. Your application must include:

  • Application CV
  • Motivation why you are interested in postgraduate education and the current position (max 1 page)
  • Diploma (certified copies)
  • Proof of basic eligibility (certified copies)
  • Academic references
  • Work samples; essays, scientific works and reports
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 190114 or as agreed upon
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2018/3623-221
  • Anna Dahl Aslan, +46 36-101324
  • Jan Mårtensson, +46 36-10 1251
Union representative
  • Brittmarie Jacobsson, Saco-S, +46 36-10 1342
  • Emma Kramer, Lärarförbundet, +46 36-10 1289
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +46 36-10 1076
Published 27.Nov.2018
Last application date 17.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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