Doctoral student in sport physiology

Fixed-term position
Doctoral studies
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-04018/2021

Örebro University and the School of Health Sciences are looking for a doctoral student in Sport Science concluding with a doctoral degree.
Start date: autumn 2021.

Project description

The university has a long tradition of education and research in the field of sports. The Division of Sport Science, as a part of the School of Health Sciences, currently offers a wide range of programmes at the undergraduate (Sport Science and Coaching, Sport Management and physical education and health as a subject of the Teacher programme), Master’s (Sports Physiology and Medicine) levels. As one of three higher education institutions in Sweden, we also drive research education in Sports science since 2001 and currently have 12 doctoral students admitted.

Research in Sports Science at Örebro University (ÖU) is mainly conducted within the research environment RISPA (Research in Sport Science and Physical Activity), organized in four research groups. The current project is driven by researchers from ESPM research group (Exercise Physiology and Sport Medicine).

The PhD position is announced within the frame of a project aiming to investigate the effects of exposure to cold water and hot water immersion on physical performance and muscle recovery in elite football players after match and training. This study is carried out with an integrative approach, including physical tests as well as advanced molecular and cellular analyses of muscle and blood samples. The project is co-financed by the Knowledge Foundation, led by researchers from ESPM research group and involves a collaboration with the following partners: Örebro elite football club (ÖSK), Lithuanian Sports University, Picardie Jules Verne University (France) and Polar Electro.

The doctoral student will be supervised by Docent Elodie Ponsot (principal supervisor) and her colleagues within the EPSM research group (assistant 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 degree. 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. 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 SEK 28 100 a month.

The doctoral studentship is a tailored form of employment for students enrolled on a doctoral programme. It guarantees employment for the duration of the doctoral programme (given that the studies progress).

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 the subject.

For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to Annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements if he or she has received a passing grade in courses of at least 90 credits, including an independent project of at least 15 credits, in sports physiology/medicine or in another subject of high relevance to the current scientific field. In addition, we will value any documented knowledge and experience in exercise testing and biological analyses at a molecular level.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Elodie Ponsot 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

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, 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 31st of august 2021. We look forward to receiving your application!

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