Doctoral student in sociology, antibiotic usage and reduction strategies
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
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 sociology. We seek a highly motivated individual, with the ability to work independently and a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in sociology. The sociology department at Uppsala University has a strong and international research and teaching environment with over 38 scientists, including 17 PhD students.
The Welfare and Lifecourse Research Group offers a constructively critical context in which to nurture interdisciplinary doctoral research.
Doctoral project title:
Antibiotic usage and reduction strategies in diverse populations of healthcare users and healthcare professionals
A qualitative exploration of the social meanings of antibiotics in diverse populations of healthcare professionals who are also patients, to inform reduction strategies. Sources of information and advice used by antibiotic-users in Sweden will be mapped and reviewed as the basis for sampling narrative interviews with diverse individuals who are medically trained, with experience or education in Sweden and elsewhere and experience of using antibiotics. These reflective and interrogative interviews will examine when values that are avowed in general are contravened by actual behaviour. Qualitative analysis of these moments will be used to devise strategies to inform a reduction of antibiotic usage strategy and validated through focus group discussions. While qualitative methodology is emergent, with each phase being determined by the results of the previous phase, it is anticipated that these strategies will be piloted in a limited number of case studies and subject to a qualitative evaluation.
The overall objective of this doctoral project is to understand the social meanings of antibiotics in diverse populations to inform reduction strategies.
- To analyse official guidelines and advice on antibiotic prescription for health and care professionals and advice on antibiotics available to diverse healthcare users in Sweden;
- To map, through qualitative interviews how antibiotics are understood in the context of wider healthcare strategies in a diversity sample of healthcare users / providers;
- To validate and interrogate findings in focus group discussions with diverse samples of healthcare users / providers;
- In a limited number of case studies, to pilot strategies to influence antibiotic prescription, uptake and usage with key constituents, evaluating the process qualitatively.
- Contacting and consulting key figures in healthcare provider and user organizations across Swede
- Critical reviewing of policy, grey and scholarly literature and web-based sources
- Conducting interviews
- Qualitative analysis of interview material
- Devising, piloting and evaluating reduction strategies
- Writing scholarly papers
Desirable knowledge and experience:
- Knowledge of the interface between sociology and public health in Sweden
- Experience of qualitative research in healthcare settings
- Excellent spoken and written communication in Swedish and English
- Excellent organizational skills including goal-setting and time management
- Experience of writing for publication
To be employed as a PhD student, the applicant must be accepted in a doctoral program. 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 §§. Salary is subject to established local guidelines.
To be admitted to the Ph.D. program there are basic as well as specific qualifications required. To meet the basic qualifications applicants must have a degree at an advanced level, or to demonstrate some equivalent and equal form of knowledge. The specific qualification requires an applicant to have at least 90 credits in sociology or equivalent in order to be considered (or equivalent and equal knowledge). To be accepted, the applicant must be deemed to have the capacity to finish the program.
For further information on the Ph.D. program see: http://www.soc.uu.se/education/doctoral-program/
Please submit your application including a CV, a letter describing your research interest and skills, publications or a copy of master thesis or equivalent, and two reference letters.
For further details: please contact Professor Hannah Bradby, email@example.com +46 18 471 51 83.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than June 5, 2017, UFV-PA 2017/1634.
In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Sociology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/1634
Last application date: 2017-06-05