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Doctoral position in Health Care Sciences 

Project title: Person-centred measurement of symptoms in children with a universally designed e-health tool

The Department of The Life Context and Health Promotion is located at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university’s doctoral student pages:    


The PhD education in Health Care Sciences comprises 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: Being able to assess pain through an application can strengthen a child’s participation in their own care and give them a sense of control. The e-health tool Pictorial support in person-centred care for children (PicPecc) is a newly developed application to support children in managing their symptoms. Included in PicPecc is the electronic Faces Thermometer Scale (eFTS). The application PicPecc can enable a child to self-assess symptoms, which can lead to, for example, pain being identified and treated at an early stage. It is important to use validated pain assessment instruments and a person-centred approach for early identification and management of symptoms during the child’s illness trajectory.

The overall purpose of this doctoral project is two folded. The first purpose is to validate the psychometric properties of the eFTS when assessing pain. The second purpose is to adapt PicPecc for the management of symptoms in children with CNS tumours who have undergone surgery. An inclusive research design is used, which means that children, parents and care staff are part of a reference group together with the researchers so that they are involved in decision-making processes. Data collection methods include self-assessments, interviews, workshops and surveys for children, parents and caregivers. Data are analysed using qualitative and quantitative methods for psychometry, as well as the development and testing of complex interventions. Studies 1 and 2 involve interviewing children aged 8–17 years (n = 100) after using eFTS to assess expected pain using validated images that describe everyday situations (e.g., being stung by a bee). In study 3, the PicPecc application is adapted for the care of children with CNS tumours and in study 4, the adapted PicPecc application is evaluated in the postoperative care of children with CNS tumours.

The applicant should be fluent in Swedish and English both orally and in text. Personal suitability and the ability to work as part of a team is valuable as well as have the ability to solve problems in an independent way. 

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree. As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.    


Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.  

The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:    
1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or
2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or  
3. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.  
Specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general syllabus, are: 
having completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.    

Assessment criteria   

The selection of applicants who are considered to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme and who meet the general and specific eligibility requirements are assessed based on the following documented qualifications:- 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 clinical experience of working with children with pain problems will be given merit, as will those with experiences in organization, leadership and teamwork.


Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.   

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Health and Care Sciences. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.  

The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.    

Contact information 

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, 
Stefan Nilsson, Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, 


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:     


You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application 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, make sure that you attach a diploma and full transcripts that makes assessing your degree easier 

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.

For information on what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement see 

Applications must be received by: 2022-08-08

Information for International Applicants 

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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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