Doctoral Position in Odontological Science
University of Gothenburg Institute of Odontology

Doctoral Student in Odontological Science - Oral Health and Oral Care in Nursing Homes

Diary id:PAR 2020/857

Employment level:Fixed term

Location:Institute of Odontology

Apply by:2020-08-05

Job assignments

The PhD education in Odontological Science comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see

Project: One of the future challenges of dental care is to employ effective preventive measures, in order to help elderly people maintain good oral health and quality of life despite increased risk of disease. Dental care for frail and dependent elderly people is resource-intensive and complicated as well as associated with significant financial costs for society. In the research field of Gerodontology, there has been proven to be numerous and major knowledge gaps. In a planned dissertation project, with access to oral health assessments in the national quality register, Senior Alert (Sa), we have good prospects for improving the situation.

The overall objective of Sa is to prevent injuries and promote the health of elderly people in healthcare. With Sa, nursing staff screen the elderly for risks and, when risk is found, measures are applied and followed up upon. The validated risk assessment instrument of oral health used in Sa is ROAG (Revised Oral Assessment Guide). In this project, we have chosen to study ROAG data in nursing homes nationwide.
The project aims at mapping the oral health of elderly people in nursing homes and the effect of measures taken in connection with poor oral health, as well as conducting a quality review of the oral health data recorded. Another objective is to develop and test a new education model for oral health assessments with ROAG (an intervention study). Four studies are planned, three of which are quantitative and one with a qualitative approach. 

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration (departmental duties). Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Odontological Science if he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:

- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

It is desirable that applicants have a background in a dental profession and experience in the areas: gerontology, geriatrics and gerodontology. Documented experience of working with quality register data or large epidemiological data sets is a merit. The project requires that the doctoral student master the Swedish language in speech and writing as one of the studies involves interviews in Swedish with subsequent qualitative analysis of print. Good communication and collaboration ability and having an analytical and creative mindset are also desirable. 


After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Odontology. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University. 

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, 
Catharina Hägglin, Associate Professor, Institute of Odontology,


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

  • If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

Closing date: 2020-08-05

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

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