Postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology, specialization in Social Epidemiology

Umea University


October 23, 2022


Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine

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The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.

We are looking for you with a strong interest for epidemiological research about social inequalities in health and healthcare!

We welcome applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in epidemiology, specialization in social epidemiology, within the frame of two register-based research projects about inequities in the Swedish health system. The position is located at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden. The position is for two years, full-time and starting Fall 2022 or as otherwise agreed upon.

Description of the project

The research will be conducted within two related project examining inequities in the Swedish health system through national register and survey data. The first project concerns intersectional inequities in the health system, and the second inequitable effects of the 2010 Free choice in primary health care reform. More information about the projects can be found here:

https: // www. health-system-equity-in-sweden/

https: // www. reform-on-population-health-and-health-inequalities-in-sweden/

Work responsibilities

The work is chiefly focused on conducting research, independently and in close collaboration with the PIs and other participating researchers, and includes data management of national register and survey data, design ideas for papers within the frame of the projects, conduct advanced statistical analysis, write and publish papers, complementary data requests from existing data sources and participation in grant applications for continued funding. The work can also comprise certain additional work at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, such as teaching, student supervisor and other tasks.


A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in Epidemiology, Public Health, Sociology, or other subject areas of relevance for the projects, is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made.

The applicant should possess skills to independently manage and perform advanced statistical analyses on large epidemiological databases. The applicants should also possess knowledge and skills of literature, methods and theory of relevance for the projects, such as social epidemiology, health inequalities research, and/or intersectionality research. Good proficiency in oral and written English is a requirement as English is the main working language at the department.

Additional useful qualifications

Since appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is a career-development position for junior researchers, we are primarily interested in applicants who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, an applicant who has completed their degree earlier than that may be considered. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, appointments of trust for a trade union organisation or other similar circumstances, and for relevant duties/assignments within the subject area.

Particular weight is given to documented qualifications demonstrating the scientific competence to independently and in collaboration conduct research, including developing ideas, perform advanced data analysis, and write scientific publications. Other relevant but not compulsory qualifications for the positions include experience of data management and analysis of Swedish register data, skills in Stata or R, knowledge of the Swedish health system, and good Swedish language skills .

Pedagogical qualifications such as completed pedagogical courses, or experience of first- , second- or third-cycle teaching or thesis supervision, are also of relevance.

More information about the position

The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for two years in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher, from 1 January 2023 or as otherwise agreed upon. The positions will be located at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.

Additional information can be given by Per E Gustafsson (, Associate Professor/Docent at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.


The application must include:

  • A brief description of your research interests and a statement describing why you are interested in the position CV
  • List of publications
  • Degree certificate from doctoral studies and other relevant degrees
  • Contact details of two reference persons
  • The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and must be received latest 23 October 2022.

    We look forward to receiving your application.

    Umeå University strives to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.

    We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 230101 Salary Månadslön Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 % City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-1369-22 Contact

  • Per Gustafsson, 090-7869563
  • Union representative

  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • ST, 090-7865431
  • Published 14.Sep.2022 Last application date 23.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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