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The Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sports Science has two postgraduate education subjects; Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, and the research is characterized by a clear educational connection, multidisciplinary collaborations and close contact with the outside world. The main focus of the department's research is to develop and convey scientific knowledge and professional competence that can contribute to effectively promoting sustainable habits regarding sport, physical activity and food.  

Food and Nutrition Science is a third-cycle subject with focus at people's intersection with food, which is studied in a multidisciplinary perspective. The importance of diet in health promotion and disease prevention is central but aspects such as environment and performance are also addressed. Food and Nutrition Science includes studies on the actions, choices and habits of individuals and those responsible for diets. It may apply to meals as well as diets as a whole. Learning, behavioral change and people's thoughts, attitudes and perceptions about diet are important starting points in research. 

The department has been granted a research grant to carry out the research project VeggiSkills-Sweden. A full-time position as a doctoral student with admission to postgraduate education in the subject of Food and Nutrition for doctoral studies within VeggiSkills-Sweden is hereby declared vacant. The project focuses on a new era of vegetarian diet, where people all over the world are encouraged to adopt a higher intake of plan-based foods. If we are to be able to promote sustainable food habits in the future, we need up-to date knowledge about the consequences on dietary intake and nutritional status of the various types of plan-based diets that young people adopt, as well as what support they need. The project is also carried out in Norway and Australia to enable cross-cultural comparisons and is thus characterized by international cooperation. 

We are looking for you who want to educate yourself at postgraduate level in Food and Nutrition Science and who want to contribute to carry out the research project VeggiSkills-Sweden with the aim to investigate dietary and nutritional consequences of plant-based diet with different strictness, as well as young people's food literacy, attitudes, and behavior in relation to plant-based diet and explore the factors that affect adherence to sustainable food habits.

Job assignments

Employment as doctoral student means research studies and postgraduate education equivalent to 4 years full time. The Departments General Syllabus for degree of Doctor in Food and Nutrition Science is to be found on

Education and other tasks within the area of competence might be a part of the employment with a maximum of 20% of full time employment. The employment will in such a case be prolonged so the total time for postgraduate education will be equivalent to 4 years.


The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in another way acquired similar knowledge.

Special eligibility for third level education in Food and Nutrition Science, the applicant must have completed course requirements of 90 credits in the subject nutrition science or another topic of importance for Nutrition Scientific activities, such as sport science, of which 15 will be an independent work. Special competence also has the person who, in another order, within or outside the country has acquired corresponding knowledge.

Meritorious is previous experience of working with and / or research on vegetarian diet among young people. Furthermore, it is seen as advantageous to have previous experience of questionnaires and interviews as data collection methods and / or to have previously carried out research or degree project that included data collection with people aged 16-24. In addition to this, work and experience of examining dietary intake and carrying out both quantitative and qualitative data collection and data processing are meritorious. The ability to communicate in Swedish is important since data collection be conducted with children in Sweden.


Upon appointment, consideration will primarily be given to the degree of ability to assimilate the doctoral education and to what extent the applicant's area of interest is within the specified research area.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who have been admitted to postgraduate education may be appointed as holders. The doctoral position is appointed provided that the necessary decisions are made.


A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

Employment time: Limited to 4 years.
Position: 100%
Placement: Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg
Admission: 2022-02-01

For further information regarding the position

Further information may be provided by the vice head of postgraduate education Anders Raustorp, tel. 0708-118706, e-post: and for specific information about the research project please contact Professor Christel Larsson, tel. 070-9116519,


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In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The application must contain the following parts:

  1. Personal letter where you describe yourself and justify why you are interested in the doctoral student service. Also state current contact information for two reference persons who know your performance well, for example former employer, supervisor or teacher in sports science or equivalent.
  2. Resume list that includes completed courses and university courses as well as employment. Also attach certified copies of diplomas and proof of special eligibility.
  3. Copies of thesis / essays and any publications or manuscripts.
  4. 4. Knowledge overview where you, with the help of prevailing scientific literature, compile the state of knowledge in the area of relevance to a research project with the purpose described above. The knowledge overview must be written in English (2-4 pages), describe the state of knowledge, identify knowledge gaps and include a reference list.
  5. Any other documents requested.

Closing date: 2021-12-14


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