Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the research group
Our interdisciplinary international research group conducts research in public health and epidemiology with a particular focus on infection epidemiology and pandemic preparedness. The current research project is led by associate professor Louise Bennet (general medicine), professor Jonas Björk (epidemiology), associate professor Malin Inghammar (infectious medicine) and postdoc Dominik Dietler (epidemiology). We are now looking for a PhD student who will conduct research on vaccination hesitancy and biomonitoring with a focus on vulnerable groups. You can read more about the research project and our research environment here and at LUPOP. As a workplace, we protect a positive working environment with respect and consideration in our relationships with each other.

Project description
This is a PhD project in Medical Science with a focus on Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology. The overall aim of the doctoral project is to investigate attitudes towards vaccination and biomonitoring in the population in general but in vulnerable groups in specific, study factors that influence these attitudes and identify strategies, approaches and interventions of importance.

Duties and areas of responsibility
It is important for a doctoral student to be devoted to the doctoral education and therefore you will be both a student as well as employed at Lund University. You will carry out, analyze and compile population data, survey studies and qualitative interview studies with the aim of identifying factors that influence attitudes towards vaccination and biomonitoring. Based on the findings, you will develop intervention models that address vaccination willingness and biomonitoring. In the project, the general population is studied but also specific groups such as socio-economically vulnerable groups and groups born outside Sweden where vaccination coverage has been lower than in the rest of the population. The duties may also include teaching and certain institutional work, but a maximum of 20% of the working time.

Requirements for admission are:

  • completed degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or in some other way within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge
  • good ability to absorb postgraduate education

Requirements for the position are:

  • Master's degree and good knowledge of epidemiology and public health
  • be self-motivated and persistent
  • good writing skills
  • good knowledge of Swedish and English in both speech and writing
  • good analytical skills, own drive and good cooperation skills

Meritorious for the position are:

  • documented experience of studies aimed at vulnerable groups
  • experience analyzing population and health data
  • experience with qualitative methodology
  • good oral knowledge of Arabic or another language spoken by minorities

Personal suitability, experience and competence is of great importance for this position as well as how the applicant is judged to have the ability needed to complete the doctoral program.

We offer
Lund University is a state authority, which means you get special benefits, generous holidays and a favorable occupational pension. As a doctoral student at Lund University, you are both accepted as a student and an employee, which provides several benefits. Read more about being accepted and employed at Lund University on the university's website. Read more on the university's website about being employed by us Work with us

About the employment
The employment is a fixed-term employment for a total of four years, full-time. Start date is 2023-12-01 or as agreed. The main rule is that employment at Lund University is conducted in Sweden, you are therefore expected to be able to carry out your work on site in Lund. Regulations regarding employment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), ch. 5 §§ 1-7 and provisions regarding admission to postgraduate studies can be found in ch. 6 § 3. More information is available on the university's website.

For doctoral students, there is a special salary scale linked to each faculty and salary is set according to the current salary scale.

How to apply
The position is applied for via the university's recruitment system. Applications must include a personal motivation letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how you meet the qualification requirements. The application must also contain a CV, a diploma or equivalent and other documents you wish to be considered (copies of grades, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/3106
  • Louise Bennet, +4646178717
  • Jennie Berne, +4640391054
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 10.Oct.2023
Last application date 01.Nov.2023 11:59 PM CET

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