Karlstad University / Department of Health Sciences

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The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology advertises a doctoral studentship in Nursing at the Department of Health Sciences. Research in this subject at Karlstad University involves the following three areas: Models and innovations for safe healthcare, Handling complex illnesses, and Expertise and professional development in healthcare. Research in the healthcare field is conducted in several subjects within both faculties at the University today, and the doctoral courses are brought together in the Graduate School Health. The doctoral studentship in Nursing advertised here will be part of the Graduate School Health.

Karlstad University advertises a doctoral studentship connected to a research project on wounds and wound care. Pressure ulcers are a preventable healthcare injury and an indicator of quality in nursing. Despite monitoring of the prevalence of pressure ulcers over many years, and national preventative efforts in this area, the incidence of pressure ulcers in a care context remains at a high level. The aim of the current project is to develop and implement an intervention plan for the treatment of pressure ulcers. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of early assessment of skin and tissue, as well as screening for risk factors, in order to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers in a care context. Digital solutions may be used for both screening and assessment. The perspectives of both staff and patients are centrally important.

A doctoral student is mainly expected to engage in doctoral studies. The doctoral programme consists of 240 ECTS credits, including the doctoral thesis. Departmental duties, such as teaching, or other tasks, may be allocated up till 20% of full-time.

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants must meet the requirements of both general and specific eligibility (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7 sect. 35).

General eligibility for admission requires a second-cycle qualification (MA) of at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at second-cycle (MA) level, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad.

Specific eligibility requirements for doctoral studies in nursing include a second-cycle qualification (MA) in nursing or other field that is considered equivalent.

Admission is based on individual assessment of the applicant’s capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7 sect. 35).

Applicants are assessed and ranked on the basis of their previous studies, with special emphasis on the quality of their submitted independent research-related works, especially at the second-cycle (MA) level. In addition, the applicant’s merits and experiences (see below), research plan outlining the planned thesis project, language proficiency in Swedish and English, and willingness to be present and active in research contexts at Karlstad University, will be assessed. The applicant needs to exhibit social competence and the ability to work both independently and in a group.

Terms of employment
Upon admission to doctoral studies, a doctoral studentship position will be offered (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 5, sect.3). The position is a full-time, fixed-term employment (one year that can be extended by two years at the most at a time) with starting-date by agreement.

Further information
Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities and life experiences.

Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement before the deadline and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessment. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications. Give two references, of which at least one is a former or present supervisor, or equivalent.

The application should include

  • Cover letter with description of your background and your interest in the position,
  • List of qualifications (CV) with certified copies,
  • Degree certificate with transcripts of courses completed, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates,
  • Copy of a Master thesis (one or two years) or equivalent,
  • Copies of publications or certificate of other qualifications, if applicable,
  • Letter of recommendation, if possible, and
  • A research proposal (approximately 5 pages) and a summary in English (approximately 300 words). The research proposal should concern wounds and wound care in relation to pressure ulcers in the context of complex illnesses and innovations for safe healthcare, and include a literature overview of previous research in this area.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links to them). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:
Karlstads universitet
Fakulteten för hälsa, natur och teknikvetenskap
Erika Bergare

Last day of application: September 10, 2020

State the ref. no: REK 2019/103.

We look forward to your application!


Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.  

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary According to local agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2019/103
  • Carina Bååth, associate professor, , carina.baath@kau.se, +46 (0)54-700 20 89
Union representative
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 (0)54-700 1434
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 (0)54-700 1714
Published 19.Feb.2020
Last application date 10.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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