Doctoral Student In Sport Science

Göteborg University
March 08, 2023
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

We hereby announce a full-time position as doctoral student with admission to doctoral examination with focus on physical activity and quality of life among children and adolescents with congenital heart defects.

Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science

Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science is one of four departments at the Faculty of Education. The department performs research in food science and sport science as well as their union. The department manages the Center for Health and Performance, which is a center construction between the Faculty of Education and Sahlgrenska Academy (Medical Faculty). Here interdisciplinary research is performed in collaboration between preclinical and clinical researchers. As postgraduate student at the Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science and Center for Health and Performance you will work in a rich and varying research environment that combines multiple researchers with different competences and experiences.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages https: //

Project description

In collaboration with researchers at the Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and clinical researchers at other university hospitals in Sweden, a national project is performed to investigate physical activity and quality of life in children and adolescents with congenital heart defects of different severity compared to a control group. An important goal for the health care is to support a physically active lifestyle in this patient group.

Job assignment

The PhD-program runs over four years of full time, and includes PhD-thesis research and writing, courses, and literature studies. To be awarded the degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), the PhD- candidate should write and orally defend a scientific PhD-thesis that is approved in a public defense (disputation) and pass the courses that are part of the PhD-program.

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration. The employment will in such a case be prolonged so the total time for postgraduate education will be equivalent to 4 years.

The doctoral student should be present at the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science and actively participate in the research and teaching environment.

The Departments General Syllabus for degree of Doctor in Sport Science is to be found on https: // www.


The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:

  • having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or
  • the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or
  • the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.
  • Specific eligibility requirements are:

  • having at least 90 credits in sports science or in a different subject important to sports science, of which 15 credits constitute an independent work.
  • Specific eligibility one may also have if corresponding qualifications have been achieved in another way within the country or abroad.
  • required language skills in Swedish and English for taking compulsory courses and participating in seminars or similar activities.
  • Assessment

    Upon appointment, considerations will be given to the degree of ability to assimilate the doctoral education and to what extent the applicant's area of interest is within the specific research area. The research plan for the PhD- thesis is assessed according to the specified direction and whether it addresses justified and researchable questions and indicates adequate forms of implementation.

    Mandatory for applicants are experience of accelerometry (data gathering and data analysis). Meritorious is previous experience of work and research with children and adolescents with congenital heart defects.

    Admission and selection are also conditional on the Department's supervisory resources within the doctoral student's research focus.

    Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

    The doctoral studentship is appointed provided that the necessary decisions being made.


    Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.

    The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100.

    Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time.

    A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.

    Type of employment: Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg First day of employment: 2023-04-01

    The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.

    Contact information

    For questions about postgraduate education in general please contact Director Research Studies Professor Anders Raustorp, +46(0)708118706, [email protected]

    For specific questions about the proposed focus of project please contact principal investigator Associate Professor Daniel Arvidsson, +46 (0)707-444164, [email protected]

    Queries about the recruitment process should be directed to Anneli Svensson, HR officer, +46 (0)31-786 24 66, [email protected]


    Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https: // www.


    The application must contain the following parts:

  • Personal letter where you describe yourself and justify why you are interested in the doctoral student service. Also state current contact information for two reference persons who know your performance well, for example, former employer, supervisor, or teacher in sports science or equivalent.

  • Resume list that includes completed courses and university courses as well as employment. Also attach certified copies of diplomas and proof of special eligibility.

  • Copies of thesis/essay and any publications or manuscripts.

  • Suggestion for project plan for how you would like to proceed to investigate physical activity and quality of life in children and adolescents with congenital heart defects (see above proposed focus of project) and convey scientific knowledge and professional competence in accordance with the subject of Sport Science study plan for postgraduate education. The project plan (1-4 pages) must be written in English and contain the following headings: Background, Purpose, Materials and method, Timetable, Importance (eg proposals for reporting results and expected application) and References.

  • Any other documents requested.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

    Applications must be received by: 2023-03-08.

    Information for International Applicants

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    The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

    Salaries are set individually at the University.

    In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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