Doctoral student (licentiate) in Ergonomics

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    KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    Medical sciencesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/09/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Sweden › Stockholm


KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Ergonomics

There is an established link between psychosocial stressors in the work environment and musculoskeletal disorders. Minority stress and experiences of discrimination are risk factors for poor mental and physical health, and there are health inequities experienced by sexual-, gender-, and ethnic-minority groups at the population level.  However, there remains a knowledge gap on how workplace minority stress impacts musculoskeletal stress in Sweden. This licentiate project has two main parts:

  1. A literature review to map the current research on disparities in work-related musculoskeletal health among minority groups, and identify gaps.
  2. Using a combination of survey and interview methods, identify occupational settings, roles, and conditions that may contribute to health disparities in the Swedish context.

This is an interdisciplinary project, so the ideal candidate will bring most relevant competencies (or demonstrate a equivalent combination of relevant training and experience):

  • Epidemiology/Public Health
  • Occupational health and safety & Ergonomics
  • Mixed methods
  • Critical theory, minority stress

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Associate Professor Catherine Trask & Associate Professor Andrea Eriksson.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary research group that has an international network, a well-respected profile in work environment, and whose research has shown a global impact.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree),
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge
  • To communicate results to a global audience via presentations and published manuscripts,
    strong written and verbal English-language communication skills are required.


  • Lived experience of minority working conditions would also be considered an asset.

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Licentiate degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.


Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.



Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: C-2021-1546

  1. Catherine Trask, +46767048635

Published: 2021-09-09
Last application date: 2021-09-30

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EURAXESS offer ID: 682643
Posting organisation offer ID: 163209


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