Doctoral student in Health Sciences

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Mittuniversitetet, Avdelningen för hälsovetenskap

Mid Sweden University is a place where people meet, find inspiration and think innovatively. Our campuses are situated in Sundsvall and Östersund, and we offer a wide range of courses and education, both on-campus and distance education. Our good relations with society ensure well-supported research and education, not least in the region.

Faculty of Human Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences is situated at Campus Sundsvall and Campus Östersund. It offers courses, programmes and research in the fields of Public Health Science, Sports Science and Rehabilitation Science.

The department is looking to recruit a doctoral student in Health Sciences for a project in the field of sports science. The research work will be carried out within the cross-country skiing research group at the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre. The general aim of the research is to increase knowledge relating to how training practices and racing schedules are related to health and performance within elite cross-country skiing. The project will examine immune function and recovery, as well as nutrition and psychological factors. The main aim is to positively impact upon performance. The PhD is a collaboration between the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre and the Swedish Ski Association. The research work will include components of the over-arching, longitudinal health and performance project.

Requirements: The requirements for admission are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme (in accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance: SFS 2006:1053, HF 7 kap 35 §). An individual meets the general requirements if he or she has been awarded a post-graduate degree, has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded at post-graduate level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. Specific requirements are studies of at least 90 credits relevant for the subject, such as physiology, sports physiology or biomechanics in sports science studies or equivalent.

Selection criteria: Apart from the formal requirements, the selection will be based on individual work (such as publications, degree work or project work), courses taken, and experiences in applied research, as well as an interview with the applicant. Previous experience of research project work within sports science is desirable, especially work with cross-country skiing or analyses of training load and/or immune function in other elite endurance sports. Personal aptitudes such as the ability to work individually and in a team, to take initiative, analytical skills and other qualities for doctoral studies will be taken into consideration together with the formal subject knowledge. A short description of the applicant’s background, interests and visions, as well as justification for applying for the position should be included.

Employment: This is a two-year full-time position, leading to a licentiate degree. Time not spent working on the doctoral research studies will not be included in the time period. The employment can be prolonged to a doctor degree (Ph.D), provided that there is funding available for this period.

Location: Östersund

Starting date: October 2017

For further information about the employment, please contact docent Marko Laaksonen, e-mail:  or senior lecturer Kerry McGawley, e-mail:

Salary: In accordance with the Mid Sweden University doctoral ladder.

Application: The application should include a curriculum vitae supported by appropriate documentation and certificates of scholarly merits, as well as other documentation the applicant wishes to be considered, including publications or papers. It should also contain a description of the applicant’s research interests and relevant experiences in the context of the project mentioned above.

Please apply via our recruitment management system no later than 31 July 2017.

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    Temporary position longer than 6 months
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    Full time
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    MIUN 2017/1093
  • Union representative
    Lollo Ljuslin, Fackförbundet ST/TCO, 010-142 79 14
    Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-142 88 09
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