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Doctoral (PhD) student in caring sciences

About the workplace

The University of Gävle’s vision is to be the first-hand choice for everyone who wants to make a difference. We offer around 50 degree programs and 350 non-program courses within the fields of humanities, caring and medical sciences, social and natural science, and technology. Going by the number of applicants, the University of Gävle is one of Sweden’s most popular university colleges. We have 16 000 students, 750 employed staff, and a one-site campus situated in beautiful surroundings.

The research area ”Health-promoting worklife” is directed towards different aspects of occupational health, from physical, psychological and social perspectives. In a worklife context, health and health promotion must be given a broad definition. The research in this area must contribute to the knowledge about health-promoting worklife and/or causal explanations of the etiology of work-related ill-health, how it can be prevented and treated. Leadership and the well-being of employees are also included, as well as the possibilities for those living with long-term illness of returning/remaining in the worklife.

The Faculty of Health and occupational studies, Department of Caring sciences, hereby announce an educational position at the doctoral level (240 credits) with a doctoral degree in caring sciences as its final outcome. The doctoral student will take part in a communal research environment that is being developed in cooperation between the University of Gävle and Region Gävleborg. The doctoral student will be connected to the theird-cycle qualification area of Health-promoting worklife, and will be admitted within the doctoral education subject of Caring science. The communal research environment will also include doctoral students in the subjects of Occupational health science, Industrial economics and Social work. The development of the research environment is based on the university’s strategic research area Helth-promoting work, and on Region Gävleborg’s research activities regarding new research projects. It is also connected to the area of Regional development/innovation, specifically within the area of Sustainable inclusive worklife. The common vision is that this project will be developed into a doctoral student research school.
We welcome your application. Please give the reference number:

HIG-STÖD 2020/568: Health-promoting worklife and inter-professional communication at psychiatric out-patient units.


Work-related tasks and responsibilities
The person who is accepted for a doctoral educational position will mainly spend their time conducting scientific projects, as well as complete courses equivalent to at least 60 credits. The doctoral student is also expected to write a doctoral thesis, equivalent of 180 credits. The person who is accepted for the doctoral student position may also, to a limited extent, teach and carry out administrative work. This will extend the time frame of the doctoral education with an equivalent amount of time, which may not exceed 20 percent of full-time. The person who is accepted for the position will be expected to carry out the absolute majority of their work in Gävle, and to regularly take part in faculty activities such as seminars and meetings.

Health-promoting worklife and inter-professional communication at psychiatric out-patient units:
The nursing profession is often associated with a stressful work environment with limited opportunities to influence the work content. In several situations, nurses are expected to shoulder the role of overall coordinator, which requires a good ability to collaborate with other professions. The overall purpose of the following doctoral project is to explore and describe interprofessional communication and how the dialogue between different professional groups relates to a health-promoting worklife in psychiatric outpatient care. Furthermore, the purpose is to investigate the feasibility of a pedagogical intervention and its effects on the work environment. The questions that are asked include: How do different occupational groups interact with each other? How do they talk to and about each other? What experiences do nurses have of collaborating with other professional groups and what is the significance of all this in the effort to create a health-promoting work environment? The project is divided into four separate sub-projects, where different approaches and scientific methods will be used, such as ethnography, focus groups, qualitative case study, and a quantitative feasibility study. During the project, the doctoral student will to a large extent collaborate and work closely with staff groups to collect data through participatory observations, interviews and questionnaires.

The main supervisor for the doctoral project is Martin Salzmann Erikson.

The workplace is in Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational studies, Department of Caring sciences.


Entry requirements
In order to possess basic eligibility for doctoral-level studies, a person is required to have a second-cycle (advanced level) degree, or to have completed courses consisting of at least 240 credits, of which 60 must be second-cycle level, or to have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or in another country. The university may allow exceptions to the requirement of basic eligibility for an individual applicant, if there are special reasons for this.

Other qualifications
The nature of the work requires a well-developed ability to work independently as well as in a team, and good oral and written communication skills in Swedish and English. As a doctoral student, you must possess the will to seek new knowledge and be able to discuss and explain your research to those who are not active in your own field, both nationally and internationally. For this specific educational position at the doctoral level it is considered a special merit to have a specialist nursing degree. Additionally, it is of special merit to be a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and mental health.

Basis of assessment
The selection of applicants for an educational position is made on the basis of a total assessment of the applicants ability to benefit from the education. The selection procedure is based on the following criteria for assessing the applicants:

• Formal eligibility to be accepted for doctoral education
• Relevance and scope of educational background
• The quality of the application and, where relevant, the quality of the suggested research plan
• The quality of the applicants essays, degree projects or equivalent work
• Research-related work experience, with regards to both quantity and contents, and/or other work experience relevant to the doctoral education
• Competence and direction in relation to the specific educational position
• Ability to benefit from doctoral education, on the basis of submitted documents, interviews and, where relevant, tests and assignments
• Ability to contribute to the scientific environment where the doctoral education will take place
• Assessments collected from references

The fact that an applicant is considered eligible to have their previous education or work experience recognised for the education may not give that applicant an advantage over others in the selection process (HF 7 ch 41 §).


Form of employment: Time-limited employment
Percentage of full-time: 100 %
Start date to be agreed upon

The employment is a doctoral student employment, please see the Higher Education Ordinance SFS 1993:100, chapter 5, for more information.

Applications for an educational position must be supplemented by a curriculum vitae, documents certifying your general entry requirements, a list of references and copies of earlier work (for example degree projects, any scientific publications), as well as other documents you want taken into consideration.
The applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with this announcement, and for submitting it to the university in time for the application deadline.

For applicants with degrees from a foreign university: Authorised translations of all documentation in Swedish or English must be submitted, unless the documents were originally written in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English.

The University of Gävle is committed to achieving an equal gender distribution and to actively pursue equal opportunities in all parts of its organisation.

Whilst planning for this recruitment, the University of Gävle has considered various recruitment channels and marketing options. We therefore strongly discourage contacts from media sales representatives and similar.


Anställningsform: Tidsbegränsad anställning
Omfattning: Heltid
Varaktighet: 6 månader eller längre
Antal platser: 1


Sista ansökningsdag: 2020-11-30

Arbetsgivarens referensnummer: HIG-STÖD 2020/568

Upplysningar lämnas av:

Lisbeth Porskrog Kristiansen
Mobiltelefon: 073-369 29 42
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl
E-post: lisbeth.porskrog.kristiansen@ hig.se

Maria Lindberg
Avdelningschef Vårdvetenskap
Mobiltelefon: 073-689 30 43
E-post: maria.lindberg@hig.se

Martin Salzmann Erikson
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl
E-post: martin.salzmann@hig.se

Facklig(a) företrädare
Maria Savela
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl
E-post: maria.savela@hig.se

Kia Sundberg-Kimhag
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl
E-post: kia.kimhag@hig.se

Lars Borbos
Fackförbundet ST
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl
E-post: lbs@hig.se


Publicerad av: Veronica Liljeroth Sidansvarig: Veronica Liljeroth Sidan uppdaterades: 2020-10-30
Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)