Doctoral student in Medical Sciences

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-00598/2021

Örebro University and the School of Medical Sciences are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in Medical Science, ending with a doctoral degree in Philosophy in Medical Science. Start date: spring 2021.

Project description

Plant-based Proteins for Health and Wellbeing (PAN Sweden) is a recently established interdisciplinary research centre clarifying the relationship between processing, structure, bioavailability, digestion and fermentation of proteins and health effects in terms of gut, metabolic and mental health, with the consumer in focus. Coordinated by Örebro University, PAN Sweden is a collaboration of Örebro University, Chalmers University of Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala University, and RISE Sweden, together with Swedish industrial and public health partner organisations.  Our vision is that food produced in environmentally sustainable ways and with health benefits will become consumers’ preferred choice. PAN Sweden wants to expand its scientific staff with early-stage researchers with a genuine interest in interdisciplinary research.

The purpose of the interdisciplinary PhD project offered here will be to assess the interactions between plant-based proteins, dietary fibre and the individual intestinal ecosystem with regard to gut, metabolic and mental health.

The position is within the School of Medical Sciences at Örebro University, which is a modern, broad-based, and growing university with currently around 1 500 employees and 17 000 students and positioned among the best 400 universities globally according to the Times Higher Education ranking. Part of the research within this PhD project will also take place at Chalmers Technical University, Gothenburg, and/or at the company Lantmännen, Stockholm, Sweden. The School of Medical Sciences is home of a medical teaching curriculum (MD) and comprises several strong research environments mainly focused on inflammation, metabolism and nutrition. The PhD project, as well as the whole research environment PAN Sweden, is also part of the Örebro University Strategical Research Programme “Food & Health”, which comprises interdisciplinary research projects, teaching activities as well as infrastructural investments with a strong focus on outreach to society and includes all Faculties and Schools of the University.

The selected candidate is expected to be attracted by an interdisciplinary and dynamic research environment with strong interaction with external public and non-public stakeholders and should show strong and independent problem solving and critical analytical capabilities. Furthermore, the candidate can co-operate and possesses personal maturity. Very good spoken and written command of English is essential.

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 of Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences 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 stress management 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 27 500 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 Medical sciences.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they

  • have been awarded a qualification at the master’s level or
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years), of which at least 60 credits awarded at the master’s level, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

For applicants to meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in this specific PhD study programme subject, candidates should have a masters degree in medical sciences, biomedical sciences, or in a related subject.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Robert Brummer, +46 19 30 37 31 or This is an email address

Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values 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
  • Personal letter explaining the motivation to apply for this position
  • CV
  • Certificate of 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. Documents in other languages 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.

The application deadline is the 12th of March. We look forward to receiving your application!

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