PhD Student in Experimental Oncology
Lund University Faculty of Medicine

PhD-Student in Experimental Oncology 

Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Dep of Laboratory Medicine, Lund

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 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 research group

The Experimental Oncology group at the Division of Translational Cancer Research, Lund University headed by Professor Kristian Pietras subscribes to the view that a tumor should be considered as a communicating organ in its own right, comprising multiple cell types that collectively evolve into a clinically manifested and deadly disease. Human tumors are heterogenous and harbor malignant cells with different proliferative and metastastic potential. However, less is known about the heterogeneity within the tumor microenvironment, although it is well established that the tumor stroma similarly influences the growth and progression of the cancer. Our integrated approach combines high resolution studies of basic biology with the use of disease-specific genetically engineered mouse models of cancer with proven translational capacity and exclusive clinical materials to interrogate the role of the microenvironment on cancer initiation, progression and resistance to therapy. The business is located at Medicon Village in Lund. Here you can read more about our exciting research.

Within the research group, we are constantly working to create the conditions for job satisfaction, development and participation for all employees.

We are hereby seeking a PhD student to come work in the research group. The employment is limited to four years full time according to central agreements with the desired start date of 1 May 2020 or by agreement.

Work duties and areas of responsibility

As part of ongoing research, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD-student to work within projects detailing a role of blood vessels and mesenchymal cells during breast tumorigenesis. Other existing tasks within the research group may also be relevant.


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.

The position requires:

  • M.Sc., or a foreign qualification deemed equivalent, within experimental oncology or in another relevant area.
  • Documented experience in laboratory work related to the subject area, most notably breast cancer, cell signaling, and blood vessel development.
  • Documented proficiency in oral and written communication in English.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal characteristics. The position require that you have the ability to work independently and have a good cooperative ability. 

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

Instructions for the application

The application must contain a personal letter describing how you fulfill the required qualifications, a CV and a diploma.

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.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2020-05-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/986
Kristian Pietras, recruiting manager, +46462226429
Tilde Lindgren, human resources coordinator, 046-2220000
Published 17.Mar.2020
Last application date 07.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET


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