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The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts extensive education and research in global public health, general medicine, occupational medicine, environmental medicine, social medicine, medicine use and pharmaceutical policy. We also conduct education and research within nutritional epidemiology, insurance medicine, innovation and utilization, health economics, biostatistics and register epidemiology.

You will be positioned at The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, within the research unit Sound Environment and Health The research within Sound Environment and Health is highly interdisciplinary with members or collaboration across environmental medicine, acoustics, audiology, speech therapy, epidemiology, statistics, psychology and public health. A range of health outcomes are being studied, including sleep disturbance, chronic illness (such as cardiovascular disease), hearing disorders and noise annoyance. We have a unique sound environment laboratory, where we perform experimental sleep studies to evaluate the effects of noise and vibration. The group also has extensive experience of sound level measurements and room acoustic measurements in the field, of major epidemiological questionnaire studies, and of intervention studies mainly in schools and healthcare. Within the research group, we have a number of different ongoing research projects, including major international EU projects, as well as epidemiological projects.

Job assignments

You will be the project manager responsible for a research project on the health effects of environmental exposures such as traffic noise and vibration with a focus on health inequalities, in the intersections between the fields on environmental medicine and social epidemiology. You will also work within a EU financed project on exposures in a life course perspective, where you among other things will perform literature review studies to develop models and identify mechanisms for how the environment and socio-economic factors impact mental health and cognitive development during a life course perspective from the foetus period and to the age of 21 years.

In addition to research, your tasks within the research group will also include guidance within statistics and literature reviews, teaching and supervision of students from undergraduate to postgraduate level, the university's “third task” disseminating knowledge to the media and the general public, and supportive administrative tasks related to research project administration.


To qualify as a researcher, the applicant must have completed a Swedish doctoral degree or have a foreign degree corresponding to a Swedish doctoral degree. For this research position, we require a scientific background in the fields of environmental medicine (with a focus on the associations of sound and vibration and health inclusive health inequalities), social medicine and epidemiology or clearly related areas.

Good written and spoken skills in English are necessary and basic knowledge in Swedish language is appealing. Requirements are also experience and documented knowledge in medical statistics, and knowledge of statistical programs like SPSS, SAS or STATA. Publication in scientifically reputable journals is necessary. Research experience of epidemiological investigations, registry studies or clinical studies as well as participation in international collaborations is a strong merit. Documented experience of teaching and supervision as well as higher education pedagogical courses will be considered a strong merit. Experience of research communication is also meriting. Experience of project management is an advantage. Candidates should have experience of writing and collaborating on research applications and candidates who has received their own research grants are valued very highly.

The candidate must be highly motivated and interested in the relationship between social and environmental exposures and health outcomes. Engagement in research studies on physical environmental factors such as noise and vibration and cardiometabolic health is particularly meritorious. We value personal qualities highly, such as being analytical, accurate, and taking initiatives, having the ability to work individually but also having good collaboration skills within a team. Great emphasis will be placed in personal suitability.


Type of employment: Permanent with initial probationary period of 6 months Extent: 100 % Location: Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg First day of employment: As soon as possible or as agreed

For further information regarding the position

Kerstin Persson Waye, Professor,

Anna-Carin Olin, Assistant department manager, 


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Closing date
: 2021-04-19


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Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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