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

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The research conducted at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health encompasses a wide range of topics, distributed over four major divisions.  It offers a broad curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and various outreach activities. The department is located in the MTC-house and the division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with its five research groups, has a strong collaboration with Uppsala University Hospital. Read more at www.kbh.uu.se.

The position is placed within the research group "Obstetric and Reproductive Health Research", which has the overall goal of improving the health of women, mothers and children (https://kbh.uu.se/forskning/obstetrisk-ochreproduktiv-halsoforskning/).

Do you want to promote individualized treatment options for women in menopause?

Within our research group, a number of researchers work in the field of menopausal hormone therapy, focusing on the effects and risks of the different drug preparations. We conduct surveys, register-based and randomized controlled studies.  The group is led by Prof. Alkistis Skalkidou. Researchers help create and have access to rich data sources and well-structured hypotheses, and work at the highest international level in the field. National collaboration is ongoing.

We are now looking for you, who is interested in becoming a member of our team. This postdoctoral position involves participation in the planning and implementation of our research studies that aim to provide scientifically robust answers to several of the current knowledge gaps in the field of menopause research. More specifically, we aim to identify time trends for use as well as risks associated with the specific drug preparations which are used; in parallel, patients and prescribers’ attitudes about menopause hormonal therapy in Sweden will be assessed. This position, in an engaging and transdisciplinary research environment, where you will be able to contribute to internationally leading research using different methods and data sources, provides an excellent opportunity for a transition to an independent academic career.

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The successful candidate will partly coordinate the various research projects described above, in collaboration with other research assistants, doctoral students and researchers; focus will be on working with statistical analysis of swedish national register-based data, manuscript preparation and grant applications; the employment is for two years and can possibly be extended. The exact content of the postdoctoral work is to some extent flexible and will take the profile of the elected candidate into account.

The successful candidate will be part of a productive and dynamic research environment and work closely with the study team to:

  • Follow the literature, develop new hypotheses in the field and contribute to the research group's brainstorming discussions
  • Conduct data preprocessing in sizable datasets combining different sources
  • Develop analysis plans to test study hypotheses and perform statistical analyses
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication (the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to be the first author of several articles and co-author in others)
  • Assist in project coordination tasks, including managing databases
  • Assist in applications for grants and preparation of ethical applications/amendments
  • Other tasks, as well as administration, may be included

Uppsala University and Sweden in general offer many opportunities for building an independent line of research. These include world renowned training courses and many grant opportunities tailored for junior researchers. The supervisory team will be fully supportive and keen to maximize opportunities for the postdocs career development.

For employment as a postdoctoral fellow, you must have a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree, mainly in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics/information technology, but a doctoral degree in women’s health, biology/biomedicine or related subject may also be considered.  The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

The candidate should have a strong quantitative research background, be able to independently perform data preprocessing, data analysis and manuscript preparation. Prior experience with working with national registers is required. It is preferable that this experience comes from the Nordic countries, but similar experiences could be considered. Excellent oral and written English language skills are also required. Very good knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and data management as well as extensive analysis experience in R, Python, SAS or STATA is required. Supervision of junior researchers and/or students is expected. Good ability to work together in a team is a requirement, as is the ability to work independently. We want to welcome into our team a person with high scientific merits and a collaborative attitude, who is able to prioritize, take initiatives, be thorough and interested in constantly developing our team and work. We seek a reliable, ambitious and effective team member motivated to produce the best possible science.

Additional qualifications

  • Knowledge of the Swedish language could be a strength
  • Experience of systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Experience of working with qualitative methods
  • Experience and /or knowledge of feasibility and pilot studies, participatory action research, involvement of the people involved in the research and implementation of research
  • Number of publications in scientific journals
  • Experience of supervision at the advanced level

Application process

The application must contain the following documents in English:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, committee and volunteer work
  • Copy of your diplomas
  • Copy of your thesis
  • A personal letter of maximum 2 pages outlining your eligibility and motivation for the position, as well as a half-page summary of your current work assignments
  • A complete list of publications (including URL/DOI)
  • Contact information of at least two persons who can act as references

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date March 2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Alkistis Skalkidou, alkistis.skalkidou@kbh.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 10 February 2023, UFV-PA 2023/107.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/107
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 16.Jan.2023
Last application date 10.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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