Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, Malmö

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Medicine is a part of Lund University, and is responsible for education and research within medicine and healthcare. Our academic programs are closely linked with the healthcare system and are firmly anchored in the faculty’s strong research tradition. Our research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research. The Faculty of Medicine, with its 1,800 employees and 2,700 students in Lund and Malmö, is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, teachers and researchers from all over the world.

The Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö is one of the six departments at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. We have a strong focus on clinical and epidemiological research and also conduct an extensive preclinical laboratory research.

The position as a doctoral student in epidemiology is located at the Center for Primary Health Care (CPF). The CPF is a dynamic research platform at the Clinical Research Centre (CRC), a vibrant and inspiring science environment in Malmö's beautiful hospital area. The CPF is a collaboration between Region Skåne and Lund University.

The research at the CPF is funded by ALF funds Region Skåne, National Institutes of Health (NIH), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Swedish Research Council. The CPF's overall mission is to carry out world-leading research within primary care as an active exchange of knowledge between academia and primary care. The research is conducted in collaboration with researchers at Swedish and international universities, dealing with major chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and psychological ill health, as well as women’s and children’s health and the health effects of migration and socioeconomic disadvantage. The research activities extend throughout Skåne via a number of general medical knowledge centers (AKCs) at the whole region's primary health care centers.

 We are looking for a well-qualified doctoral student with an interest in how neighbourhood area affects overweight and obesity. The position is based within Professor Kristina Sundquist's research group. The research group has a long-standing collaboration with a number of leading international universities, e.g. Stanford University, Mt Sinai, and Shimane University, Japan. This position as a doctoral student in medical science with an emphasis on epidemiology will form part of a collaborative project with Shimane University in Japan.

Work duties

The doctoral program is suitable for those who have a degree at an advanced level in epidemiology and preferably a basic degree which includes competence in the field of lifestyle habits/physical activity and health and holds a doctoral degree in medical science/ epidemiology that comprises 240 higher education credits (högskolepoäng) which is equivalent to four years’ full-time studies. The education ends with the doctoral student defending their doctoral thesis at a public defense. The focus of this doctoral employment is how neighbourhood areas affect overweight and obesity. This work is conducted via the use of several large and unique epidemiological data sources that come from the national population and health registers in Sweden as well as from Japanese health projects at Shimane University. The doctoral student's scientific articles will be published in international peer review journals.


Special eligibility for admission to the position has been awarded to a graduate of advanced level in, for example, in epidemiology and preferably holds an undergraduate degree with competence in the field of lifestyle habits/physical activity and health, or in another form within or outside the country, have acquired equivalent education to the same level. Furthermore, the applicant must have very good knowledge of English in speech and writing corresponding to English B at Swedish upper secondary school. Another absolute requirement is a very good ability to express yourself in written form.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

Basis of assessment

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment As sson as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/1158
  • Kristina Sundquist, +4640391376
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 29.Mar.2019
Last application date 19.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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