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OPEN POSITIONS PhD student position in Health Care Sciences - Cultural and religious encounters within palliativ care

Project title: Cultural and religious perspectives within palliative care – Encounters between patients who have migrated, their family members and professional providers

Job assignments

General information about third-cycle studies: The PhD education in Health Care Sciences corresponds to studies of 240 credits in total. The studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. The studies comprise carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see

Project: The aim of this doctoral project is to provide knowledge that may support health professionals practically in situations where culturally and religiously formed beliefs and values challenge the communication between patients, family members and healthcare professionals. This project ties fields such as health sciences, nursing and palliative care together with social anthropology and religious studies.

The overall aim is to develop empirically based strategies and approaches for healthcare professionals to engage in person-centered palliative care for people who have migrated to Sweden. In order to create useful strategies for healthcare professionals, a major part of the doctoral project consists of an ethnographic field study on encounters between immigrant patients, their relatives and healthcare professionals in a palliative-oriented home care. This is combined with a targeted study of end-of-life care patterns for patients born outside of Sweden, based on registry data. In summary, this is a major field study in which ethnographic and participatory elements combined with a concentrated registry study should provide excellent conditions for a postgraduate education with both breadth and depth.

This doctoral project will be conducted within the department's research group in palliative care, with close collaboration with the Palliative Centre at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Collaboration will also take place with the Gothenburg University Centre for Person-Centred Care. The project assumes that the student is able to conduct interviews and participatory observations in the Swedish language as well as analysis of data in Swedish. However, ability to communicate in other languages is commendable. The employment comprises five years of full-time work, 80% of which consists of postgraduate education and 20% teaching and other services within the department. 


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

Good communication skills in Swedish and English (oral and written) are desired.


Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years. Extent: 100%. Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Health and Care Sciences. First day of employment: as agreed.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor,
Joakim Öhlén, Professor, +46 31 786 6098, 


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

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.

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden,  check what you need to submit at where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

  • If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request).

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system according to the instructions.

Closing date 2019-01-28

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

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

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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