Umeå University, Faculty Office 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.

The Department of community medicine and rehabilitation comprises six units; Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Geriatrics, Sports medicine, Rehabilitation medicine and Forensic medicine, all involved in teaching, research and collaboration with society and health care.

The PhD project

Our research group studies human movement behaviour, particularly following disease or injury. The present position concerns a project that addresses anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury related to consequences and movement control of persons with injury in comparison to individuals with healthy knees. The project addresses the use of technology within physiotherapy including human motion analysis with laboratory-based methodology (kinematics, kinetics and electromyographic recordings). Part of the project is a qualitative investigation of physiotherapists' perceptions of current and future rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, including the use of various technology. Our research aims to evaluate and develop assessment methods and treatment, and involves multi-professional collaboration with, among others, biomedical engineers, statisticians and orthopedic surgeons. 

About the position

Employment as a PhD student constitutes full-time post-graduate education of four years. The applicant must be available to begin the position in 2023.  

The position also includes the doctoral student undergoing the doctoral program at the Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, participating in seminars, journal clubs and presenting at scientific conferences. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Registered physiotherapist comprising 240 university credits of relevance to the project.
  • Applicants must have adequate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and sports medicine.
  • It is required that the applicant has experience in clinical work with assessment and rehabilitation of knee injuries. Further, knowledge of functional movement tests is required. 


  • Master exam in Medical science or Health Care science or similar.
  • Experience with systematic literature reviews and qualitative methodology.
  • Knowledge of data processing with statistical programs and software for qualitative data analysis. 
  • Documented experience of research relevant to the project including scientific publishing is also meritorious.

The assessment of eligible applicants is based on the applicant's merits and their pre-requisites to fulfill the post-graduate education.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to doctoral studies, it is required that the applicant has: 

  • Necessary knowledge verified by a university higher education exam. 
  • Experience related to the research area. 
  • Necessary English language and Swedish skills, both in writing and in speaking.  


A complete application must include:

1. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max two pages)
2. CV, (max 5 pages)
3. Diplomas of bachelor and Master level degrees

4. Bachelor/Master theses work/other relevant publications

5. Other merits of relevance for the position

6. Contact information to three reference persons, including position


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt ÖK
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1470-23
  • Charlotte Häger, 090-7869275
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 02.Oct.2023
Last application date 22.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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