PhD student in work life science

Mälardalen University
December 03, 2023
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PhD student in work life science Västeras

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 17 000 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: 3 December 2023 Campus location: Västeras School: School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, (HVV)

Position description

This employment refers to a PhD position. 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 20% teaching and administration in the division, the employment is limited to five years. The PhD studies in health and welfare is in English, which means that all courses, seminars etc. are conducted in English. Salary is applied according to the PhD salary ladder. The project is planned to start during the spring 2024.

The PhD position is linked to the division of Sociology at the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare and more specifically to the, by FORTE (Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare) funded, six-year program "Workplace structure and work-related ill-health: female dominance, organizational factors, initiatives and political decisions in municipal administration”. The purpose of the program is to address sickness absence in the female-dominated municipal sector. This is examined by mapping ill-health in occupations and workplaces and by exploring the efforts of organizations to address the root causes of work-related ill-health.

The program consists of five projects. The PhD position is primarily connected to one of these projects where longitudinal annual register data will be used to investigate the connection between female-dominated occupations, female- dominated workplaces, and sickness absence in the municipal sector and how different factors influence these connections.


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
  • The applicant must have the ability to express themselves verbally and in writing in Swedish or English.

    In this recruitment, the university will primarily consider those who, after an overall assessment of competences and skills (in addition to documented merits), are judged to have the best conditions to carry out current tasks and contribute to a positive development of the program.

    Assessment criteria are also good cooperation skills, ability to communicate as well as to independently drive work forward, take initiative and have a structured approach.

    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 particularly valuable for applicants to have documented subject knowledge with relevance to the research area as well as skills in quantitative methods.

    It is also desirable that applicants have the ability to express themselves verbally and in writing in both Swedish and English.


    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.

    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

    Karin Halldén

    Associate professpr on Work Life Studies and program leader

    +46 (0) 21-10 15 44

    [email protected]

    Lisa Salmonsson

    Head of Division for Sociology

    +46 (0) 21-10 14 45

    [email protected]

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