School of Health and Welfare, The Health and Welfare Research School

The School of Health and Welfare is one of four schools within Jönköping University and one of the leading institutions in the country for academic studies in health, nursing and social work. We work across disciplines with a focus on practical use. You will work in an organization that gives you skills development and opportunities to be involved and exercise influence.

We are looking for a PhD student in the field of Health and Care Sciences.

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.

Work tasks

You will mainly devote yourself to your research education, but it may also be required for you to teach or work with education administration 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. We expect that the candidate has good cooperation and communication skills and has good communication skills 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) 

It´s meritorious with 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 merit 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 it´s not considered as a requirement.   


The employment is for a licentiate degree (2 years full-time studies) with the possibility of an extension to a doctoral degree (4 years full-time studies).Access no earlier than 1st of March 2020 or by agreement. 

Your application should include

  • Your Cv
  • Coverletter with 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

Deadline for application is 2020-02-23

Contact Anna Dahl Aslan, if you have any questions about the position.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment May 1, 2020 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2020/97-221
  • Anna Dahl Aslan, +46 36-101324
Union representative
  • Emma Kramer, Lärarförbundet, +46 36-10 1328
  • Nina Gunnarsson, Saco-S, +46 36-10 1707
Published 23.Jan.2020
Last application date 23.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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