Doctoral Student In Odontological Science - Odontology

Göteborg University
March 25, 2024
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Doctoral position in Odontological Science

Project title: The impact of genetics and lifestyle factors for caries development

The Department of Orthodontics is located at the Institute of Odontology 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: https: //


The PhD education in Odontological Science 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 https: // www.

Project: The overall purpose of the project is to identify human and microbiota genetic and biological predictors for oral health and caries using orthodontic treatment with multibracket as a human experimental model for rapid caries development. We have recently resolved dental caries by genetic means into three major subtypes. The lifestyle caries subtype, which match individuals with low-to-moderate caries or risk and respond to standard prevention based on oral hygiene and diet (90 %). The PRH1, PRH2 immunodeficiency subtype of caries that misbehave in pattern recognition and control of the normal streptococcal flora and the Streptococcus mutans high virulence subtype of caries. The immunodeficiency and S. mutans virulence subtypes of caries match the individuals with recurrent caries that cannot be controlled by standard prevention (10 %). However, prospective caries studies usually require up to five years of follow-up times because of the slow caries development. Animal models, though available, do not reflect the human caries types. We have therefore established a) an orthodontic multibrackets model with rapid (6-18 months) caries induction and progression, b) sensitive diagnostic tools for non-cavitated caries detection on easily accessible sound enamel surfaces, and c) extensive human and microbiota genetic and functional profiling using in house and ex house life science platforms. The present project involves a multicenter, treatment study involving several universities, regional nodes, aiming at the implementation of personalized oral care based on genetic cause and risk of dental caries.

Applicants should have a background as a dentist and skills in the Swedish language as the work involves collecting data on orthodontic patients. Furthermore, experience in research is desirable, as well as excellent knowledge of the English language. The work involves collaborations, both within and outside the group, so good teamwork skills are important. The project requires an enthusiastic and creative person with passion and curiosity for science.

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.


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 Odontology, Department of Orthodontics. 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, Anna Westerlund, Associate Professor, Institute of Odontology phone: e-mail: [email protected]


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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 https: // www. requirements/english-language-requirements/

    Applications must be received by: 2024-03-25

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