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Doctoral (PhD) student in Flexible Work and Organizational Sustainability

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 Occupational Health Sciences and Psychology, hereby announce an educational position at the doctoral level (240 credits) with a doctoral degree in occupational health science 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 third-cycle qualification area of Health-promoting worklife, and will be admitted within the doctoral education subject of Occupational Health Science. The communal research environment will also include doctoral students in the subjects of Caring sciences, Industrial economics and Social work. The development of the research environment is based on the university’s strategic research area Health-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 2020/697 : Doctoral (PhD) student in flexible work and organizational sustainability.

It is a full-time position with starting date April 1 2021 or according to agreement. The workplace is in Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Sciences and Psychology.


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.

One doctoral (PhD) student position is open within the project Flexible work and organizational sustainability.

This PhD project aim to determine the extent to which flexible work arrangements for employees are associated with employee health and organizational performance. The PhD project is part of the research program Flexible work opportunity and challenge which is financed by Forte, and investigates flexible employment forms and work arrangements in the context of economic viability and sustainable health. In the PhD project, organizations will be followed over time to identify factors related to flexible work arrangements that can predict employee health and wellbeing as well as organizational performance and viability. In addition, interviews will be performed with managers in the organizations about how they perceive flexible work practices in relation to the work environment and the performance of the organization.

The main supervisor for the doctoral project is Marina Heiden.


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 qualifications have to be fulfilled prior to the expiration date of this application.

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 be familiar with economic theory and have experience in qualitative methodology.

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
• 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


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.

Form of employment: Time-limited employment
Percentage of full-time: 100 %
Start date: April 1 2021 or to be agreed upon

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.

This ad is published in both Swedish and English. In the event of any linguistic differences, it is the Swedish advertisement that constitutes the original.


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


Sista ansökningsdag: 2021-01-18

Arbetsgivarens referensnummer: HIG-STÖD 2020/697

Upplysningar lämnas av:

Åsa Vidman
Avd.chef för Arbetshälsovetenskap och psykologi
Telefon: 026-64 88 34
E-post: asa.vidman@hig.se

Marina Heiden
Docent, univ.lektor
Telefon: 026-64 85 44
E-post: marina.heiden@hig.se

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

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

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