Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.


At the Department of Nursing, which has around a hundred employees, training is provided for nursing, radiography nursing, specialist nurse training, midwifery, and Master's education, as well as postgraduate training/research in three main subjects: nursing, radiography and sexual and reproductive health.

You who are admitted to doctoral education at the Faculty of Medicine are included in the faculty's joint doctoral education program. The program comprises 25 credits and is offered in two study phases: 25 credits over 8 semesters (total of 4 years) or over 12 semesters (total of 6 years), with the program starting each autumn and spring semester. More information about the program can be found on the faculty's website for postgraduate education.

Job Assignment

The position is aimed at achieving a doctoral degree and the doctoral student's main task is to devote themselves to their doctoral education, which includes participation in the research project, the doctoral education program at the Faculty of Medicine, and seminar series, etc. at the institution.

We are looking for a doctoral student to work in a project with a focus on older people’s housing, quality of life and care needs within the framework of previously completed studies on sheltered housing (trygghetsboende) and nursing homes (SWENIS). Follow-up data is to be collected. To study this, both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used.

The project is financed by the National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR).The doctoral student will have the freedom to formulate their own questions within the framework of the research project. The doctoral position is based at the Department of Nursing, Umeå University.

We are looking for a committed, creative and flexible doctoral student who is motivated and has the ability to work independently. An interest in older people, research, pedagogy and education is desirable, as well as an interest in exploring questions in these areas with a critical and scientific approach. For employment, you are expected to perform the majority of your work at the Department of Nursing, Umeå University.


University education comprising 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level in nursing or equivalent, closely related area and good oral and written skills in Swedish and English are a prerequisite. Pedagogical training, specialist training and experience in the research field, basic knowledge of various analysis methods as well as experience working with quantitative and qualitative methods are meritorious.

The work requires you to be responsible, outgoing and flexible. It requires you to take initiative and work independently but also have the ability to cooperate with others. Collaborative partnerships can occur both within and outside Umeå University. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

A selection will be made from eligible applicants based on qualifications and merit. Interviews will take place. Admission to doctoral education is initiated after the selection process has been completed.


  • Personal letter summarizing your scientific interest and justifying why you are applying for the position (maximum 1500 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae/résumé.
  • A short outline (maximum two pages) describing your research interests in relation to the project and the focus of the position.
  • Degree certificate (certified copies).
  • Copy of Master's/Master's thesis and any other publications.
  • Contact details for two reference persons.
  • Other qualifications relevant to the position.

Documents must be attached electronically in Word or PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Form and scope of employment

Employment is limited to four years full-time or up to five years if teaching and other institutional work is carried out. Teaching and other institutional work (up to a maximum of 20%) can be included. According to the Higher Education Ordinance (chapter 12 § 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed. For more information, see Education at Postgraduate Level – Handbook.

Entry date: according to the agreement.

Salary is set according to the established salary scale for doctoral positions.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-514-23
  • Anders Sköldunger,
  • Rebecca Baxter ,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 23.Mar.2023
Last application date 23.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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