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2015 PhD Student Position in Public Health at Stockholm University, Sweden

Stockholm University invites applications for a PhD student position in Public Health at the Stress Research Institute. Student will work on a project financed by AFA Insurance with the objective to study psychosocial work environment conditions and their implications for mental health across working life and around retirement. The selection among the eligible applicants is based on the applicants‡ capacity to benefit from the training provided. The position is available firstly for one year and then normally renewed for up to two years at a time. The total employment time may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of doctoral studies full-time.

Study Subject(s): Position is available in the field of Public Health at the Stress Research Institute.
Course Level: Position is open for undertaking a PhD research project.
Programme Provider: Stockholm University, Sweden (project is financed by AFA Insurance)
Award can be taken at: Sweden

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Eligibility: The basic eligibility requirements are:
-A degree at the advanced level.
-Completed course demands for at least 240 credit points, of which at least 60 at the advanced level (not required for exams completed before July 1, 2007), or, in any other way within this country or abroad achieved comparable competence.
The specific entry requirements are:
-Good English language proficiency. Courses within the doctoral programme are primarily given in English.
-Completed advanced-level training in quantitative methods corresponding to 7, 5 credit points or, in any other way within this country or abroad achieved comparable competence.

Open for International Students: stockholm-universityApplicants from Sweden are eligible to apply for this PhD student position.

Description: The doctoral student will work in a project financed by AFA Insurance with the objective to study psychosocial work environment conditions and their implications for mental health across working life and around retirement. The doctoral project will focus on the development of people‡s work environment over longer time periods, for example in terms of work load, and how this relates to changes in the prevalence of depression or associated symptoms such as sleep problems, headache, and digestive problems. An additional question of whether any such associations differ in different life stages. The candidate is also expected to focus on factors of relevance for a sustainable working life for the ageing population.

Number of award(s): One PhD student position is available.

Duration of award(s): A new position as a PhD student is first for one year, and then normally renewed for up to two years at a time. The total employment time may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of doctoral studies full-time. Persons employed as PhD students will primarily devote themselves to their studies at the graduate level, but may work at a maximum of 20 % with other tasks at the department, and in this case the total employment time may be extended by up to one year.

Selection Criteria: The selection among the eligible applicants is based on the applicants‡ capacity to benefit from the training provided. Selection criteria in judging the applicants are:
-Specific knowledge relevant for the theme of the project (e.g. psychosocial work environment and psychological health).
-Specific knowledge in subject area(s) related to the research project to which the position is linked.
-Independent work in relation to analysis and structure of previous research.
-Scientific stringency and quality in previous research and sketch of intended research.
-Documented ability to follow time frames.
-Scientistic maturity.
-Communication skills and ability to co-operate.
Meritorious experiences/knowledge of specific relevance for the research project:
-Documented skills in statistical analysis and interpretation of quantitative data materials using Stata, SAS or SPSS.
-Experience in longitudinal data analysis.
-Special interest in advanced epidemiological methods.
-Experience in interpretation and quantification of data from questionnaires.
-Experience in working as a research assistant.

How to Apply: Applications, marked with the reference number SU FV-0523-15, should be send via e-mail. Documents sent electronically should be in Word or PDF format. To the application should be attached:
-A letter that describes the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position.
-CV including contact information to at least two reference persons.
-A brief sketch of intended research (1–3 pages), including main subject area of research, possible topic of the dissertation and (to the extent possible) a specification of problem area, theory, methods, and data material. The sketch should relate to issues regarding work, aging, retirement, life style and health.
-Copies of degree certificates and verification of previous experiences of research.
-Previous papers (no more than two) including the most recent thesis for degree.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 15, 2015.

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