Uppsala University, Department of Women's and Children's Health

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The position announced here is with the International Maternal and Reproductive Health and Migration (IMHm) research group at the International Maternal and Child Health Unit (IMCH) at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University.

The department is a leading research and education centre at the national and international level, and works for improved global health with special emphasis on women’s and children’s health, nutrition and migration. The research group strives to develop practical solutions and provide evidence based knowledge to healthcare professionals and policy makers to improve the sexual and reproductive, and migrant health and related services. The group has garnered national and international attention for its pioneering research in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Migration and has been successful in obtaining large research grants to continue its efforts to reduce inequality and promote equitable global health. More information about the research group can be found here.

The research group has recently received a strategic national research grant, as part of the Swedish Government’s national research programme in migration and integration, to improve the knowledge on how value conflicts and cultural change are to be managed in the health care sector. The core challenge we explore is how health care providers may incorporate gender equality perspectives and culturally sensitive care, as indicated by health policies and guidelines, where some of the aspects might be contradictory. One of the main aims of the project is to explore the similarities and differences in cultural values between the Swedish healthcare providers and migrants. During clinical consultations, sensitive topics such as reproduction, comprehensive abortion care, and sexuality can lead to tensions and misunderstandings between healthcare providers and migrant patients and ultimately to suboptimal care. Research on how healthcare systems handle these challenges is scarce.

The advertised position is to work as a researcher in the group contributing to achieving the goals of the project. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the project in liaison with an already established interdisciplinary team of researchers. The team consists of clinicians in Reproductive Health care , public health researchers, anthropologists and mathematicians based at several research institutions in Sweden.

The advertised position is for an initial period of one year with the possibility to extend.


  • Coordinate and conduct research activities (planning, data collection and analysis) to achieve the goals of the research project.
  • Contribute to developing new projects and apply for funding
  • Support the group in supervising junior researchers and PhD students
  • Engage in teaching related to SRHR and migration
  • Support the group’s activities in translating knowledge into practice, organising conferences and maintaining an information portal on SRHR and migration


  • A PhD, preferably in medical sociology/ public health/epidemiology with focus on social norms and values in relation to reproductive health/migration.
  • Experience in conducting research on social norms and values/ gender equality/ migration/reproductive health
  • Proven track record of conducting quantitative data analysis and publishing in international peer reviewed journals. Experience of data collection will be an advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability such as: flexibility, ability to prioritize, collaborative ability, quality awareness, and organizational and administrative skills.

Additional desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in working with ethnic minorities, migrant populations and/or healthcare providers
  • Knowledge in Swedish language
  • Experience of supervising students in conducting research

Application: Your application should be written in English and should contain the following:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of your degree certificates
  • Your PhD thesis
  • A letter of motivation (maximum two pages)
  • Your complete publication list, including URL/DOI to respective papers.
  • Contact information for a minimum of two references

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: 1 March 2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Temporary fulltime position (100%) one year, with the possibility to extend.

For further information about the position please contact Research Group Leader Professor Birgitta Essén, email birgitta.essen@kbh.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 31 January 2020, UFV-PA 2019/4346.

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.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-03-01
Salary fast
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/4346
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 05.Dec.2019
Last application date 31.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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