Doctoral student in Odontological

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Deadline: 21 Jun 2021

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Project title: The impact of genetics and lifestyle on caries development

Job assignments

The PhD education in Odontological 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: The overall purpose of the project is to identify human and microbiota genetic and biological predictors for oral health and caries using orthodontic treatment with multibracket as a human experimental model for rapid caries development. We have recently resolved dental caries by genetic means into three major subtypes. The lifestyle caries subtype, which match individuals with low-to-moderate caries or risk and respond to standard prevention based on oral hygiene and diet (90 %). The PRH1, PRH2 immunodeficiency subtype of caries that misbehave in pattern recognition and control of the normal streptococcal flora and the Streptococcus mutans high virulence subtype of caries. The immunodeficiency and S. mutans virulence subtypes of caries match the individuals with recurrent caries that cannot be controlled by standard prevention (10 %). However, prospective caries studies usually require up to five years of follow-up times because of the slow caries development. Animal models, though available, do not reflect the human caries types. We have therefore established a) an orthodontic multibrackets model with rapid (6-18 months) caries induction and progression, b) sensitive diagnostic tools for non-cavitated caries detection on easily accessible sound enamel surfaces, and c) extensive human and microbiota genetic and functional profiling using in house and ex house life science platforms.

The present project involves a multicenter, treatment study involving several universities, regional nodes. The doctoral student will participate in the development of new diagnostic methods, clinical data collection, and in the human and microbiota genetic profiling together with experienced senior research engineers. The work involves several ongoing collaborations, both within and outside the group. Therefore, good teamwork skills are important. The candidate must be an enthusiastic and creative person with passion and curiosity for Science. Strong ability to communicate in English is a requirement.

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration (departmental duties). Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Odontological Science if he or she has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- 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.

A background in orthodontics is desired. The project requires knowledge in the Swedish language (oral and written) as the project involves communication with and collection of data from orthodontic patients.


After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Odontology. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University. 

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor,
Anna Westerlund, Associate Professor, Institute of Odontology,


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In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the 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

Closing date: 2021-06-21

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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