Doctoral Position in Medical Science

University of Gothenburg School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Doctoral student in Medical Science - Air pollution and cardiorenal diseases

Ref PAR 2021/463

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The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, conducts extensive education and research in global public health, general medicine, occupational medicine, environmental medicine, social medicine, medicine use and pharmaceutical policy. We also conduct education and research within nutritional epidemiology, insurance medicine, innovation and utilization, health economics, biostatistics and register epidemiology.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine is an integrated unit with staff from Sahlgrenska University Hospital and from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. We investigate patients and workplaces regarding different occupational and environmental factors. The research group Environmental Health and Toxicology consists of about 20 researchers with different professional competences, including medical doctors, statisticians, chemists & physicists in close cooperation in areas within environmental health: air pollution and noise, toxic metals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), work in heat and biomarkers.

Project title: Air pollution particles and subclinical cardiovascular and renal diseases.

Job assignments

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: Air pollution is the single largest environmental risk factor, mainly through increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The mechanisms for long-term effects are still largely unknown. High-quality measurements of atherosclerosis in a large population-based cohort (SCAPIS) and air pollution models with high resolution for several Swedish cities now gives us a good opportunity to investigate this issue using data with unusually good quality. Recently, several studies have shown associations between residential particulate air pollution exposure and chronic kidney disease (CKD). If that is a true causal association, there should also be a risk for those occupationally exposed to particles, where exposure levels can be much higher. We aim to investigate this issue in the large Swedish Construction Worker cohort.

The PhD-project consists of four epidemiological studies of the associations between air pollution and atherosclerosis and kidney disease, and will be based on two cohorts: SCAPIS and the Construction Worker cohort. The project requires proficiency in medicine, epidemiology, statistical analysis, database management, ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, and working both independently and in a research group. 

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 Medical 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 medicine, epidemiology and air pollution and health is desirable. Documented experience in using statistical software (eg SAS) and handling large databases and regression analysis is meritorius. 


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 Medicine, The School of Public Health and Community Medicine. 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 Leonard Stockfelt, Associate Professor, Institute of Medicine,

Assistant supervisor Florencia Harari, Associate Professor, Institute of Medicine,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

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: 2021-05-17

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

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