PhD student in Physiotherapy

PhD student in Physiotherapy

Annons: 27543174
Yrke: Doktorand
Arbetsgivare: Luleå tekniska universitet
Arbetets ort: Luleå, Norrbottens län
Senaste ansökningsdatum: 2023-06-08
Publiceringsdatum: 2023-05-04


Arbetslivserfarenhet: Doktorand


Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.
Now you have the opportunity to be part of PRECISE, which is one of three future areas at Luleå University of Technology. PRECISE is a strategic initiative for pioneering research in innovative precision health to enable an attractive and sustainable society that promotes equal and good health throughout the life span. The research within PRECISE is interdisciplinary where a number of different research subjects and societal actors collaborate in various projects to increase the accuracy of interventions at the molecular, individual and societal level. Through increased knowledge of human biology, lifestyle and environment, new methods are developed that enable the right intervention, at the right time and in the right context.

Here you can read more about PRECISE

As a doctoral student, you will be part of a research school with a focus on precision health and in a network with other doctoral students within PRECISE, with different research orientations and subject affiliations.

For the research topic Physiotherapy we are looking for a PhD student for the project Sustainable Innovations for Children Travelling Actively SICTA 3.0

Project description
We are looking for a PhD student with an interest in increasing children's physical activity and specifically children's healthy and independent school trips. Only a minority of children in Sweden reach the targets in the WHO recommendation on daily physical activity, and there is a global trend of decreasing levels, which makes it urgent to find sustainable solutions to reverse this trend. Healthy and independent mobility, for example walking or cycling, is an effective way for children to increase physical activity. Social norms can shape and reinforce health-promoting behaviors. There is currently a gap in knowledge about how social norms influence health behavior when it comes to children's physical activity and especially independent active mobility. Knowledge of how social norms for children, youth, and critical others, such as parents, affect children's health and well-being is required to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that attempt to influence their health-related behaviors. This project aims to increase knowledge about how social norms in a digital age interact with health behaviour, which here specifically refers to children's healthy and independent mobility. The project will explore children's and parents' social norms by developing instruments to measure social norms and developing and evaluating the effect of an intervention aimed at promoting social norms related to children's healthy and independent mobility.

Work tasks
A doctoral position involves both theoretical and practical scientific work in accordance with an individual study plan. The doctoral position is part of a research group where scientific work is carried out in collaboration. For the doctoral student, this includes collecting and analysing data and writing scientific articles under supervision. It also means conducting third-cycle courses, participating in the graduate school and the department's seminar activities. Furthermore, to present the research nationally and internationally. The doctoral student position may also include departmental duties.

Expertise and experience
You are qualified to apply for this position if you have basic qualifications with an advanced level degree and have completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are at advanced level. In addition to this, a basic degree in Physiotherapy and at least a master's degree with a major in physiotherapy is required. Degrees in other, related subjects can be tested as a special qualification. You must also have good cooperation skills and a good ability to express yourself orally and in writing both in Swedish and English.

For further information on specific doctoral programmes see, Syllabus for doctoral education in the Faculty of Philosophy

The doctoral studies include a time-limited full-time employment of four years. Departmental service of a maximum of 20% of full time in the form of teaching can be included in the work tasks in addition to the doctoral programme. Location: Luleå.

Intended entry: according to agreement or no later than 20231001.

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For further information you are welcome to contact:
Associate Professor Stina Rutberg, 0920-49 32 25, email:

Union representative:
SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

Application form
We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below, where you attach a personal letter as well as a CV and degree certificate. Also attach your master's thesis and any other research or development work relevant to the position. A work sample must also be attached to the application, for more instructions on this contact Stina Rutberg ( Please mark your application with the reference number below. The application and degree certificate must be written in Swedish or English.

Reference number: 1933-2023
Deadline for applications: 2023-06-08