Doctoral student in Medical Science - eHealth for Women's

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Deadline: Fixed term

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Doctoral position in Medical Science

Project title: WOMENinMOTION An intervention model for pelvic girdle pain to acquire health-promoting habits in pregnancy and prevent chronic pain in women

The Department of Health and Rehabilitation is located at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. The Department conducts research in prevention, habilitation and rehabilitation at individual, organizational and societal level with the aim to increase knowledge about opportunities for activity and participation. Research is being conducted in close collaboration with both the municipality and the region, as well as with researchers both nationally and internationally. There are several established research groups at the Department. We participate in undergraduate as well as post-graduate education within occupational therapy, audiology, physiotherapy, and speech and language pathology, as well as independent courses at the advanced level. 

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: At the unit of physiotherapy at the Department of Health and Rehabilitation, the research group WOMENinMOTION conducts research to increase knowledge about, and improve women's health throughout the life span. In ongoing projects, we focus on problems related to pregnancy and childbirth and the research team includes senior researchers, doctoral students and master's students. As a doctoral student at the unit for physiotherapy, you will participate in a broad and active doctoral student group in physiotherapy, have access to a large network of doctoral students at the institute and the department, and a large national and international network within the project group. We are looking for a motivated and independent candidate with experience, knowledge and a broad interest in physiotherapeutic interventions such as physical activity, eHealth, and pain rehabilitation.

The overall aim of the project is for women to acquire knowledge of pain management and health-promoting habits of physical activity through the model WOMENinMOTION, to handle pain experiences and thereby prevent chronic pain. The project is aimed specifically to pregnant women and especially to women with pelvic girdle pain. The project includes an interview study in Swedish. Since the research group has great experience in study designs of both quantitative and qualitative approach, there are good opportunities to improve skills in different study designs. The project gives the doctoral student an opportunity to conduct research in an interdisciplinary international broad research group with expertise in physiotherapy, gynecology, obstetrics, and midwifery.

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.    


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, or
2. 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 in the physiotherapeutic areas related to obstetrics, gynecology and urology are meritorious.


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 Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

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

Contact information 

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor,
Annelie Gutke, Associate Professor, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology,
phone: +46-766-185747, e-mail: [email protected]


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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
  • 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

Applications must be received by: 2023-03-27

Information for International Applicants 

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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.

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