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Doctoral student in Health Care Sciences – Making Healthcare for Complex Chronic Conditions sustainable and affordable, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Deadline: August 26, 2019

The Institute of Health and Care Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy, the Faculty of Health and Care Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, announces a doctoral student position in cooperation with KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, leading to a double degree (doctoral degree).

Project title: Making healthcare for complex chronic conditions sustainable and affordable: Developing an internationally validated algorithm to allocate patients to the appropriate level of care

Job assignments

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration. Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.

The PhD education in Health Care Sciences 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: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common congenital malformation and occurs in about 9 per 1,000 newborns. It comprises a wide spectrum of simple, moderate, and complex severity lesions. To date, about 95% of children born with CHD can reach adulthood. Irrespective of the treatment received in childhood, most of these patients require life-long follow-up. 

Since CHD comprises a spectrum of heart lesions, patients may be cared for at three levels of care: (i) care exclusively in a CHD specialist center; (ii) care shared between CHD specialists and local general cardiologists; and (iii) non-CHD specialist care, either by general cardiologists or general practitioners. To date, the anatomical complexity of the patients’ heart defects is predominantly used to determine the appropriate setting of care. Unfortunately, there is currently very limited empirical data available to support this assignment of patients to the different levels of care. This results sometimes in a high proportion of patients that is kept into the tertiary care system, which may outstrip the capacity of these centers on the long run. On the other hand, a substantial proportion of patients experience care gaps. These two phenomena may yield suboptimal care provision for the growing population of adults with CHD.

The overall aim of this research project is to develop and test a strategy for risk stratification to determine the most appropriate setting of care for patients with CHD, based on clinical outcomes and healthcare expenditures.

We will use an open, multicenter retrospective cohort design, combining data from clinical databases and national registries in Sweden and Belgium. Data on mortality, cardiovascular-related morbidities, healthcare utilization will be retrieved and be linked to the levels of care. Assignments include database management and statistical analysis.

This is a unique project that involves both the pediatric and adult care, at an international level and in collaboration with internationally prominent researchers in cardiac care.

The PhD studies comprises 4 year full time studies with employment as doctoral student at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and lead to a double degree (doctoral degree) in collaboration with KU Leuven (University of Leuven) in Belgium. The doctoral student will be enrolled at both universities and is expected to spend at least 12 months at respective university during the PhD studies. Because the project is integrated into a national and international cooperation, the doctoral student needs to master English and periodically be able to travel to the partner university in Belgium.

Link to KU Leuven University: 


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 in Health Care Sciences 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.

Documented experience of conducting statistical analysis is of value. Interest in and/or experience with health services research, health economics, public health, epidemiology are desirable. Good communication skills are also desirable. The project requires that the doctoral student master the Swedish language in writing, as the data analysis includes register data in Swedish. 


After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. 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. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Employment as doctoral student at Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

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:

Principal supervisor Hanna Gyllensten, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, 
phone: +46 707 482412, e-mail:

Assistant supervisor Philip Moons, Institute of Health and Care Sciences,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

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.

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.

Closing date: 2019-08-26


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

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.


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