PhD student in work life science - focus on harmful alcohol use

Mälardalen University
March 22, 2023
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PhD student in work life science - focus on harmful alcohol use Eskilstuna

Mälardalen University is growing and evolving due to increased research funding from the Swedish Government. Join our team on this exciting journey towards MDU`s vision, to be a progressive and collaborative University where together we shape a sustainable future. You can make a difference. Together, we can create a sustainable future through knowledge and innovation. We believe that knowledge and new perspectives are best attained and reached together in collaboration with others – our colleagues, students, the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally. Around 20 000 students are currently studying courses and programmes with us in the various domains. We offer education in areas such as design and communication, economics, health, engineering and technology, preschool and compulsory school teacher training as well as in chamber music and opera. In most of our areas we also offer programmes entirely taught in English. We conduct research in all disciplinary domains and our research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems is internationally prominent. Mälardalen University is located in Sweden, on both sides of Lake Mälaren, with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. Mälardalen is a region dominated by strong growth with several multinational companies based here such as ABB, Volvo, Westinghouse, Alstom and Northvolt. We enjoy close cooperation with the region's private sector, municipalities, and county councils.

At the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare our students are studying to be for example behavioural scientists, public health scientists, physiotherapists, nurses, social workers and specialist nurses. Here we have the research specialisation of Health and Welfare. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with county councils, municipalities and companies in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment Scope: Full time Closing date for application: 2023-03-22 Campus location: Eskilstuna School: School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, (HVV), Division of Sociology

Position description

This employment covers a PhD-project, which is specified below. The employment is temporary - equivalent to full-time studies for four years - with the goal of completing a PhD in work life science. In case of teaching and administration in the division of 20% are included, the employment is limited to five years. The PhD-education in health and welfare is in English, which means that all courses, seminars etc. are conducted in English. Salary is applied according local collective agreement and the project is planned to start September 1, 2023.

Under supervision, the PhD student will analyse quantitative data from a longitudinal work life cohort. For one sub-study the PhD student will collect qualitative data through interviews. The data collection will be done among people working in different industries. Recruiting participants for the interview study is part of the work tasks, as well as gathering and analysing the data. The PhD student's responsibilities consist of analysing quantitative and qualitative data, as well as reporting the analyses in scholarly publications.

The aim of the project is to generate new knowledge about the extent of harmful alcohol consumption among employees in different industries in the Swedish labour market. Harmful alcohol consumption is a global public health problem that creates extensive social and economic damages. In a work life context, harmful alcohol use increases the risk of mistakes, accidents, and extended sick leaves, and some industries are at greater risk for higher levels of alcohol consumption than others. The results will contribute to a better understanding of harmful alcohol consumption in a work life context and future preventive measures aimed at reducing harmful alcohol use.

The project will use a gender perspective to identify correlations between industries, work environment factors, mental illness, and harmful alcohol consumption among working people, and study how these factors are related to levels of sick leave. The PhD student will analyse both quantitative and qualitative data and investigate how organizational cultures with respect to different industries can affect the risk of harmful alcohol consumption. Is the increased risk due to the nature of the work, or to the composition of employees? Or is it both? It is known that gender and age affect the risk of harmful alcohol consumption—but how?

The PhD student will participate in the research group “Sustainable Work Life” that currently is engaged in projects concerning leadership, organizations, professional identity, and work life sustainability and health. The PhD student will also be part of a national network for research on alcohol and drug prevention in a work life context.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For futher information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

For general eligibility, one must have one of the following:

  • have been awarded a second cycle/advanced/master qualification
  • have fulfilled the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the advanced/second cycle/master level, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • To qualify as a PhD student for the project, applicants must hold a degree of master's (60 credits) or master's degree (120 credits) in work life science, social science, public health science, epidemiology, biostatistics or equivalent.

    The applicant must also have:

  • Very good ability to express yourself verbally and in writing in English.
  • Ability and willingness to learn Swedish.
  • Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.


    It is a useful qualification for the applicant to have advanced level education in work life, working environment, health in work life, lifestyle and health, sick leave, alcohol consumption or other socially oriented subjects. Both theoretical and practical knowledge and experience related to the project are also useful qualifications.

    Furthermore, it is valuable to have previous experience with and interest in quantitative data analysis as well as previous experience with and interest in interviews and analysis of qualitative data.

    It is to the applicant's advantage if they can speak and write Swedish, but it is not demanded for the position.


    Application is made online. Make your application by clicking the "Apply" button below.

    The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.

    Please submit a master's (30 credits) or master's thesis and if the applicant has any published scientific articles (prior publications are not a reqirement for applying for the position).

    We look forward to receiving your application.

    We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.

    Union representatives:

    Michaël Le Duc (SACO), tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 02 Susanne Meijer (OFR), Tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 89

    Contact person

    Lisa Salomonsson

    Avdelningschef och lektor i sociologi

    021-10 16 18

    [email protected]

    Susanna Toivanen

    Professor of Sociology, specialising in working life

    +46 736 62 14 45

    [email protected]

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