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PhD position in linguistics (language and social interaction in clinical encounters), Sweden


Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC) was announced in 2015 to bring together, stimulate and support research addressing important questions regarding antibiotic resistance from all three disciplinary domains at UU: Medicine and Pharmacy, Science and Technology and Humanities and Social sciences. UAC is now advertising 14 PhD positions.

Antibiotic resistance is a rapidly expanding global problem. The complexity of the current situation requires novel approaches in all scientific disciplines including new antibiotics, better understanding of resistance development, faster diagnostic methods, new economic models for drug development, global governance and better understanding of how to change behavior around the use of antibiotics and spread of pathogenic bacteria.

The present position is located at the Department of Linguistics and Philology. Starting date: September 1, or as otherwise agreed. We seek a highly-motivated individual who is able to both work independently and as part of a team and who is interested in using Conversation Analysis to study clinical encounters between doctors/nurses and patients. The department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University has a strong and international research and teaching environment.

Project description (short version): This multidisciplinary PhD project will investigate the social and linguistic patterns of antibiotic prescription in Swedish primary care. We will make video-recordings of Swedish primary care visits where the patient is seeking medical care for routine upper respiratory infection symptoms. Previous research has established that this is a context where inappropriate antibiotic prescription is a concern. Our corpus will include consultations with nurses as well as doctors and it will be the first of its kind. We will use Conversation Analytic methods to document how expectations for particular remedies (including antibiotics) are raised, how triage, problem presentation, physical examination, paraclinical testing and diagnoses are carried out and how treatment recommendations are negotiated. Our findings will be developed into teaching resources targeted towards pre- and post-qualification medical training and nursing programs. These resources will document real life situations where antibiotics are prescribed as well as the communicative strategies used by experienced doctors and nurses to avoid inappropriate antibiotic prescription. Our study will fill a gap in international research on how antibiotic treatment discussions are carried out in situ within the details of primary care consultations and the educational materials that we will develop will provide tools for engaging in responsible antimicrobial stewardship.

Duties: The successful PhD candidate will be a member of the UAC multidisciplinary graduate school and carry out research in collaboration with professor Anna Lindström with the aim of documenting the social and linguistic organization of antibiotic prescription in Swedish primary care.

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a master's degree (or equivalent) in the field of language sciences. They must have excellent command of Swedish and good command of English. It is considered a merit to have written a Conversation Analytic thesis of high quality. Research and teaching experience in health care settings is also valuable. To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in a doctoral program. Information concerning doctoral education, requirements and rules of admission can be found at The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§ and 6 kap 25-36 §§. Salary is subject to established local guidelines.

Application: The application can be written in English or Swedish and should include a CV, a letter describing your research interest and skills in relation to the project description (3–5 pages), publications or a copy of master thesis or equivalent, and two reference letters.

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.

Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting: September 1, or as otherwise agreed.

Working hours: 100 %

Further Information

Application Deadline : 19 May 2017

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