Doctoral student to the School of Medical Sciences

Fixed-term position
Doctoral studies
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-00265/2023

Örebro University and the School of Medical Sciences are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in Medical Science, concluding with a doctoral degree.
Start date: spring 2023.

Project description

The doctoral program is in Medical Science, which considers different influences on health and disease, as well as man’s possibilities and needs to attain and maintain a high degree of wellbeing. Studies in the subject area include both basic and applied research, health economics and ethical aspects, as well as medical education, namely the educational processes in healthcare and its professional degree programs. To a great degree, medical science by nature constitutes clinical research, i.e., research taking place in and requiring healthcare facilities and resources.

The project will evaluate and compare the health consequences, resource utilization and effectiveness of various anti-COVID-19 strategies in Europe, with a focus on Sweden, and examine an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered decision-making framework. The project consists of a comprehensive evaluation and comparison of anti-COVID-19 strategies in Europe, construction of an AI-powered 4-dimension dynamic decision-making process, and a microsimulation study. The project aims to strengthen the country’s anti-pandemic system, facilitate global research collaboration, and therefore, proactively and successfully minimize health and socioeconomic losses during a pandemic.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Yang Cao, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of biostatistics, Örebro University (principal supervisor), Mevludin Memedi, Ph.D., senior lecturer of informatics, Örebro University (co-supervisor), Scott Montgomery, Ph.D., professor of clinical epidemiology, Örebro University (co-supervisor), and Sun Sun, Ph.D., research fellow of health economics, Umeå University (co-supervisor).

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to support during the study period and networking.

The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 29 100 SEK a month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for Medical Science.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in Medical Science if they have received a passing grade in courses of at least 90 credits, including an independent project on the advanced course level in a main field of study of significance for the relevant specialisation within medical science (see subject description above). A person who has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meets the specific entry requirements.

The project is an international and multidisciplinary collaboration in biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and health economics, therefore, knowledge of statistics or mathematics is a prerequisite, and fluency in English and expertise in scientific software R or Python are preferred.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact head of unit Daniel Eklund, email: This is an email address or project leader Yang Cao, email: This is an email address.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  • CV
  • Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes, and if applicable a degree certificate
  • Degree project/independent project
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Research plan – prepared in compliance with information from the school in question.

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish or English. Certificates and documents in other languages verifying your qualifications and experience must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency),

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:

The application deadline is 2023-02-16. We look forward to receiving your application!

As we have already made our choices in terms of external collaboration partners and marketing efforts for this recruitment process, we decline any contact with recruitment agencies and advertisers.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.


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