Uppsala University

Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of complex interventions

2024-03-01 (Europe/Stockholm)
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The position is within the research group Healthcare Sciences and e-Health at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. The group is hosting U-CARE, an interdisciplinary research programme (http://www.u-care.uu.se). The overall aim of the work within U-CARE is to increase access to psychological support for individuals grappling with somatic illnesses and their close ones.

Our research primarily focuses on studying mental health in patients with various somatic illnesses and their relatives, and we aim to develop, test, evaluate, and implement support and psychological interventions for these groups. We also investigate the best ways to recruit individuals for clinical studies and effectively motivate continued participation. We employ both quantitative and qualitative methods, including systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, feasibility and pilot studies, as well as controlled and cohort studies. Our broad expertise in research methodology was recognised in the latest evaluation of research at Uppsala University.

The individual we are seeking will have the opportunity to work on their own research projects as well as contribute to ongoing research within the Healthcare Sciences and e-Health research group and U-CARE. The research should align with U-CARE's overarching goal of developing, testing, evaluating, and implementing complex interventions for patients and/or their close ones. During the postdoctoral period, the successful candidate is expected to actively apply for research grants from national and international research funding bodies. The appointee is also expected to engage in teaching, particularly at a PhD level, and supervise PhD students.


For the position, the following is required:

  • A doctoral degree in the field of health sciences, clinical psychology, caring sciences, or a related subject, or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree in these areas. The degree must be completed by the time the employment decision is made. Priority will mainly be given to those who obtained their degree no more than three years ago. The three-year timeframe is calculated from the closing date of the application. If there are specific reasons, such a degree may have been obtained earlier. Specific reasons include leave due to illness, parental leave, trust assignments within trade unions, etc.
  • Experience in scientific work with intervention research
  • Experience in analysing and reporting data collected through both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Proficiency in both Swedish and English, both spoken and written

Considerable importance will be given to personal attributes, including leadership and prioritisation skills, analytical abilities, collaboration skills, and a strong awareness of quality. As an applicant, you should excel in both independent work and collaboration within smaller project groups.

Desirable/meriting skills

  • Experience in applying for and securing funding for research
  • Experience in planning and conducting feasibility and pilot studies, as well as controlled studies
  • Experience in public contribution to research, i.e., collaborating with representatives of the groups affected by the research
  • Experience in working on process evaluation in the context of intervention research
  • Experience in research on the implementation of complex interventions
  • Experience in conducting health economic evaluations in the context of intervention research
  • Experience in independently writing and publishing scientific articles

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years with a possibility to extend one year according to central collective agreement.  Full time position. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: research group leader and programme director, Professor Louise von Essen (louise-von.essen@uu.se, +44 (0) 70-425 07 14), or assistant research group leader, Associate Senior Lecturer Joanne Woodford (joanne.woodford@uu.se).

Please submit your application by 1 March 2024, UFV-PA 2024/498.

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Placement: Department of Women's and Children's Health

Type of employment: Full time, Temporary position

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2024/498

Last application date: 2024-03-01

Job details

Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of complex interventions
S:t Olofsgatan 10B Uppsala, Sweden
Application deadline
2024-03-01 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-03-01 23:59 (CET)
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