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OPEN POSITIONS Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental medicine and epidemiology

We are searching for a post doc to Gothenburg University, an inspiring University at the west coast of Sweden. You will be positioned at the research unit Sound Environment and Health within Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Community medicine and Public Health. The research broadly focusses on associations between occupational and environmental pollutions and human health, by conducting epidemiological studies and experimental research. There are several post docs, epidemiologists and statisticians within the department.

The research within the Sound Environment and Health is highly multidisciplinary with members across environmental medicine, acoustics, audiology, epidemiology, statistics, psychology and public health. A range of health outcomes are studied including: sleep disturbance, chronic illness, perception, hearing loss and noise annoyance. We also host a unique sound environment laboratory with high technical quality and ecological validity. It is built up as a living area where the research subjects can stay for a longer period usually a week.

Subject area

Environmental medicine and epidemiology

Subject area description

Investigating the epidemiology of noise and vibration on human health.

Job assignments

The candidate will work within two larger cohorts of inhabitants in Sweden whom are exposed to a varying degree of vibration and noise. Available questionnaire data and patient and drug registers will provide the base for the health outcomes. Noise and vibration exposures are calculated and validated by measurements. The health impacts of noise is gaining increased momentum, but the evidence on health impacts of vibration and the combination of vibration and noise are yet scarce. There will also be possibilities to investigate the health impacts of low frequency noise. Special emphasis is directed to the evaluation of exposures in relation to long and short term health outcomes, taking explanatory mechanisms of sociological, psychological and biological components into account. In order to achieve a more detailed investigation on health outcomes, the candidate will be able to link personal data from the National Patient and the Prescribed Drug registers to vibration and noise exposure, and employ obtained questionnaire data as a complementary source of information. The candidate is expected to apply epidemiological methods and statistical analyses to answer the research questions. We anticipate that, the appointed person will take an active role in the scientific writing, leading to peer-reviewed articles and grant applications. The employed person may also participate in some teaching as well as supervising of PhD and master students.


To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher the applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject. Since postdoctoral constitutes a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, we aim to target those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years from the application deadline.


Candidate should demonstrate excellent skills in research and possibly teaching within epidemiological and/or statistical applications including successful record of using health survey, clinical and register-based data. Knowledge and experience in outcomes of interests from the research groups covering the field of sound and noise research is a strong merit. The successful candidate must be highly motivated and interested in the link between environmental exposures and health outcomes, both from a contextual and mechanistic perspective. Good written and spoken English skills are necessary, and basic knowledge in Swedish language is appealing. We will highly value personal qualities including the ability to work individually and within a team, attention to precision and initiative-taking behaviour.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months Extent: 100 % Location: Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg First day of employment: 2019-01-15 or as agreed Last day of employment: 2021-01-14

For further information:

Kerstin Persson Waye, Professor and research unit leader, +46317863604,


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How to apply

The application should include: CV, a personal letter, a copy of the PhD certificate, and names and contact information for two referees.

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 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.

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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