Doktorand (PhD) in Translational Cancer Research Lund University, Department of Laboratory Medicine Sweden

Doktorand (PhD) in Translational Cancer Research

Lund University, By faculty, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.


The Faculty of Medicine is a part of Lund University, and is responsible for education and research within medicine and healthcare. Our academic programs are closely linked with the healthcare system and are firmly anchored in the faculty’s strong research tradition. Our research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research. The Faculty of Medicine, with its 1,800 employees and 2,700 students in Lund and Malmö, is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, teachers and researchers from all over the world.


The Department of Laboratory Medicine is one of six departments at Lund University’s Faculty of Medicine. We conduct leading research, both broad and specialised, within the field of laboratory medicine, focusing on the onset of disease and how we can improve diagnostics and treatment for patients. Some of our strongest areas with world-class research deal with cancer, genetics and blood.

The Division of Translational Cancer Research is starting up an exciting research project on anti-stromal therapy in pancreatic cancer in the group of Cancer and Matrix Remodelling. In this project we will examine the effect of anti-stromal therapy in different models of pancreatic cancer. More specifically, we believe that de-activation of cancer-associated fibroblasts will decrease tumour stiffness and improved tumour perfusion and drug uptake. Our group use advanced microscopy to understand metastatic progression and tissue remodelling i.e. using 2-photon microscopy, multispectral optoacoustic tomography and ultrasound. The PhD student will study how the physical and chemical properties of the tumour microenvironment affect cancer progression and how this can be perturbed to support chemotherapy treatment. The PhD student will work in a multidisciplinary, integrative approach to perform high quality translational research with collaborative partners world-wide.


Work duties

- Take part of the laboratory work connected to the project
- Method development for the project
- Work with animals is a requirement
- Write articles and publications together with the supervisors at the laboratory
- Participation in relevant seminars, workshops and conferences
- Some participation in the teaching of practical courses in the Research School and be involved in the teaching of master students in the lab
- Some administrative duties
- Take part of the doctoral courses provided by the Department and the Faculty


Work with experimental animals is included



The applicant must be a highly talented and highly ambitious scientist. The applicant should have knowledge and documented experience within the field of laboratory medicine in general and in cancer in particular. Documented training and experience with laboratory animals is qualifying as well as prior experience in basic cell biology. Qualifying is also knowledge and experience with fluorescence confocal microscopy.


Qualifying merits

A Master’s degree in Natural Science (Physical or Life Science) is a qualifying merit. Knowledge of the extracellular matrix and its composition, prior experience with cell culture work, transfection procedures and experience with virus work is also desirable. The applicant should also be fluent in English.


Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.


The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.


Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.


Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

Salary Monthly salary

Number of positions 1

Working hours 100 %

City Lund

County Skåne County

Country Sweden

Reference number PA2018/1718

Chris Madsen, Deputy Senior Lecturer, +46703427662

Union representative
OFR / ST: Trade Union ST Office, 046-222 93 62
SACO: Saco-s Council at Lund University, +46 (0) 22-222 93 64

SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66

Published 21.May.2018

Last application date 04.Jun.2018 11:59 PM CET

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