Doctoral Position in Health Care Science

University of Gothenburg Institute of Health and Care Sciences

Doctoral student in Health Care Science - OUT-FIT project

Ref PAR 2021/464


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The Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, is announcing a doctoral student position in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, for a doctoral student within the OUT-FIT project. The doctoral student will be enrolled at both universities and the studies lead to a double exam (Degree of Doctor). 

Project title: The OUT-FIT project. Qualities in the physical outdoor environment that promotes health for elderly people living in special accommodation.

Job assignments

The PhD education in Health Care 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


The project is an interdisciplinary PhD project between the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, and architecture Chalmers University of Technology, which aims to strengthen the possibility of outdoor rehabilitation and outdoor activities for older people living in residential care facilities. The project also intends to develop an evidence-based guideline and implement and test this in a working method for the design and construction process for new production / renovation of special housing. 

The studies will be performed in Helle Wijk’s research group Health care environment at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, in collaboration with Centre for Healthcare Architecture Centre for Healthcare Architecture | Chalmers

Background: There is a lack of evidence concerning health promoting attributes in the utdoor environement in residential care facilities for the support of activities and rehabilitation for elderly people

Purpose: The purpose of the PhD project is to increase knowledge about attributes in the physical outdoor environment of importance to the health of older people in residential care facilities as a basis for the development of an evidence-based guideline to be implemented and tested in a working model for the design and planning process

Design: The overall method for the project is mixed method design (Sandelowski 2014).

Target groups: Tenants, care, nursing and rehabilitation staff as well as business managers at residential care facilities in collaboration with actors involved in the design and planning of the health care architecture

Sub-study I: National mapping register study
Substudy II: Qualitative semi-structured interview study
Sub-study III: Guideline development via Delphi method (Keeney, Hasson & McKenna 2011) with experts in the field
Sub-study IV: Development of a working method for design and planning of health-promoting outdoor environments in residential care facilities via focus group interviews, design dialogue and pilot testing. 

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 Health Care 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.

Documented experience of care and rehabilitation of the elderly and development of work in municipal activities is meritorius. Previous experience in design and care environment development is desirable.


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 Health and Care Sciences. 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:

Principal supervisor Helle Wijk, Professor, Institute of Health and Care Sciences,
phone: +73 370 3462, e-mail: 

Assistant supervisor Göran Lindahl, Associate Professor, Centre for Healthcare Architecture Chalmers,


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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: 2021-05-17

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