Uppsala University, Department of Psychology

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Project description: PhD position in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

Uppsala University, Department of Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology

The overall focus of Lance McCracken´s research team is to develop broadly cognitive behavioral treatments particularly applied within physical health. This work incorporates principles of Contextual Behavioral Science, the psychological flexibility model, and is mostly applied clinical research. The PhD student will be involved in all stages of research from conceptualization and pilot testing of new assessment and treatment delivery methods through to preliminary testing of efficacy and mechanisms of change. Current directions in the research team include the development of “process-based therapy” and ideographic approaches to studying intraindividual behavioral processes and developing new treatments. Populations of interest are likely to include people with chronic pain conditions. More specific populations may include fibromyalgia, headache, vulvodynia, or neuropathic pain. Research within the group has included the use of therapist supported online treatments as a vehicle for testing treatment components. There is a strong interest in using these treatments as a tool to investigate ways to customize treatments, to optimize both efficiency and clinical outcomes. Right now the team is exploring the application of single case experimental designs as an alternative to randomized controlled trials. These will be used to investigate efficacy, mechanism of change, and moderation, and as the appropriate base to accommodate a truly dynamic process-based approach to treatment. Thus, the successful applicant should have an interest in contextual behavioral science, treatment development, and physical health, particularly chronic pain conditions. The PhD student will be involved in different clinical projects. Prior experience in broadly cognitive behavioral treatment delivery, in physical health settings, and in multidisciplinary teams will be beneficial. The direction of initial studies will be led by the PhD supervisors, and subsequent projects will require substantial direction from the PhD student who will formulate their own research questions and design their own projects within the general focus of the research group.

To qualify for a doctoral position in Psychology at Uppsala University, the applicant must have a master´s degree either including or in addition a minimum of 90 Swedish study credits in psychology. For this specific position they will need to be a licensed psychologist (CBT) and be able to teach and deliver treatment in Swedish. Applicants who have obtained qualifications equivalent or comparable to the criteria described above abroad are also eligible to apply, keeping in mind the Swedish language requirement. For more information concerning the requirements: https://psyk.uu.se/admissions/phd-studies

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1.

The doctoral student will primarily engage in research. Other work at the Department such as teaching and administration can optionally be included (max 20%). The successful applicant will be supported by an employment as a PhD for 4 full years.

The application must be written in Swedish or English and contain following documents:

  • Application for admission to postgraduate studies
  • Attested degree certificate/s that confirms eligibility
  • Record of completed courses included in your degree/s
  • Contact information to academic references are desirable

For more information: http://psyk.uu.se/admissions/phd-studies/application

The selection will be based on an assessment of the applicant’s aptitude for successful completion of graduate studies, made by the professors at the department. For more information concerning the assessment procedure: https://psyk.uu.se/digitalAssets/499/c_499876-l_1-k_ny-antagningssprocedur-eng-version_final.pdf

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.  

Starting date: January 2020, or as agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Lance McCracken: Lance.McCracken@psyk.uu.se

Please submit your application by 5 November 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3529.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Januari 2020, or as agreed
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/3529
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 15.Oct.2019
Last application date 05.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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