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Post-doctoral course: From junior to senior researcher in research on ageing and health

Are you a PhD engaged in research on ageing and health who is interested in discussing and planning for your continued academic career together with others?

SWEAH invites junior researchers, from Sweden and abroad, to apply to a course in how to take the next step in their careers. The course is open to any junior researcher engaged in research on ageing and health.

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Objective and content

The main objective of the course is to prepare junior researchers for successful careers as independent senior researchers within the research field of ageing and health. A further aim is to enable participants to develop and deepen an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to research on ageing and health, including international perspectives.

The course is based on the participants’ national and international career planning, reflecting and including strategic preparation for career steps such as associate professor (Swedish: docent), obtaining research funding, etc., based on individual needs and aspirations. Theoretical and practical components address leadership, mentoring, supervision of doctoral students and researchers, principles of research ethics, collaboration with non-academic partners, academic and societal impact, etc. The examination task is a written assignment designed to support individual career development. Workshop 2 includes introduction to the role as a mentee, and participants will have the possibility to sign up for an individual 12-month mentor program starting after completion of the course.

Eligibility and selection of participants

The course is open to researchers from all disciplines engaged in research on ageing and health who have obtained their PhD degree within the past three years. Participants with any type of employment are eligible. The number of participants will be limited to 25.

Selection of participants will be made considering the variation of disciplines, date of PhD degree, the written justification to participate, confirmation of 100% workshop participation, participation in previous postdoc courses, as well as university and country of origin to get a good distribution of participants.

SWEAH alumni, regardless of current employer, and junior researchers employed at any of the SWEAH partner universities will be given priority.


The course is free of charge for SWEAH alumni and junior researchers employed at any SWEAH partner university/authority, including accommodation (depending on travel necessities) and meals in connection with the workshops. Travel costs and extra accommodation nights are not covered by SWEAH.

For other participants the course fee is SEK 18,000 (exclusive moms/VAT), including accommodation (three or four nights) and meals in connection with the workshops.


Information and application

Course syllabus 

The course will be held in English and implemented as a distance-learning course using an online learning platform and two face-to-face workshops, located to the Lund-Malmö area in southern Sweden.

The dates of the workshops are September 12-14, 2023, and January 24-25, 2024. In March 2024, there will be an online examination seminar. Participation in all the workshop days as well as in the online examination seminar is mandatory.

For more information, please contact Stina Elfverson by telephone +46 46 222 19 42 or stina [dot] elfverson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se



Course leader and teachers

Professor Susanne Iwarsson will serve as the course leader and teacher throughout the course, including the role as examiner.

Among the teachers are Professor Judith Phillips, Stirling University, Scotland, professor emeritus Boo Johansson, University of Gothenburg, assoc. professor Steven Schmidt, Lund University and consultant, psychologist Katarina Billing, INDEA, Sweden.