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Ph.D. Student Position in medical science, pediatrics

Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap




  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

The Department of Clinical Sciences now call for an application for a 4-year full-time doctoral position in medical science in pediatrics within the project The association between psychotropic drug treatment and adverse cardiac events in children and young adults. Successful candidates will work towards a Ph.D. and will be included in the postgraduate Ph.D. program of 25 credits at the Faculty of Medicine. More information can be found on the faculty's website for postgraduate education ( The doctoral student will be located in Umeå at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.

Project description
The aim of this current project is to assess risk for adverse cardiac events associated with psychotropic drug treatment using national registers and epidemiological research methods.  Results from these studies will fill a knowledge gap regarding psychotropic drug safety, in combination with other medications, longtime treatments, comorbidity, in different ages, sociodemographic status and sexes.

The project is a joint research consortium between clinical and research specialist areas which enables several and methodological clinical aspects to be considered. The results from this study will be communicated to relevant stakeholders. The project involves a larger research group with several doctoral students. By the study´s large sample size and power to detect even smaller risk estimates, this national-wide population-based study will contribute substantially to a better risk-benefit assessment, and in the long term, lead to better personalized psychopharmacological drug treatment.

The doctoral student will work with the part of the project that includes inequalities (social-, gender- and age-related) and the risk of cardiac side effects from psychotropic drug treatment. The doctoral student will be active and involved in the research group's work, carry out all analyzes and writing of the manuscripts. The doctoral student will also be educated in pediatric, psychiatric and social medicine on a basic level. 

Your profile
In order to be accepted for postgraduate education, the applicant must have both basic qualifications and special qualifications. 

Basic qualifications
Basic qualifications for postgraduate studies is a completed edcuation at the advanced level, of at least 240 higher education credits (credits), of which at least 60 credits at the advanced level, or equivalent (HF 7 ch. 39§).

Special qualifications
The applicant must have the necessary knowledge from higher education or equivalent from countries outside Sweden, and/or professional experience associated this area of research along with good English language skills, written as well as spoken.  

Additional qualifications
Additional merits are good theoretical knowledge in epidemiology, sociology and social medicine as well as experience of work in pediatrics and psychiatry. Documented skills in quantitative methodology and statistical analysis are meritorious. Basic knowledge in the Swedish language is an advantage. The ideal candidate is proactive and easy to work with and have excellent interactive and communicative skills.

For further information, contact: Estelle Naumburg,

The application must include:

  • A personal cover letter with motivation for why you are applying and why you are suitable for this position.
  • Curriculum vitea.
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grades and certificates.
  • Copies of master-thesis and any publications.
  • Contact information of at least two reference persons.

We are looking forward to your application!


2022-10-01 or per agreement


Estelle Naumburg

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1148-22


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