Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Research
Lund University Faculty of Engineering

Eight EU-COFUND Postdoctoral Fellows within Cancer Research

Lunds universitet

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 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 research openings are connected either to the Faculty of Medicine or LTH at Lund University. LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering and carries out research of a high international standard with teaching methods adapting to current needs. The Faculty of Medicine has academic programs closely linked with the healthcare system. The research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research.

The positions are part of the CanFaster program (MSCA-COFUND), which focuses on cancer research and entrepreneurship. The goal of CanFaster is to educate tomorrow’s cancer researchers in a broad set of scientific, transferable, and business skills in order to develop the mind-set of an entrepreneur. The program will recruit 8 fellows during this call, 15 in total. The program is administrated by CREATE Health, located in the energetic and dynamic science park, Medicon Village. Lund University and the Life Science research in the Medicon Valley area has been nominated as one of 13 Brain belts in the world.


Call 2: Eight CanFaster projects in Cancer and Entrepreneurship; an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program. For project description, eligibility critera, and special requriments please visit

You can only apply to one position. For call-related questions contact us at:

Development of new therapies targeting innate immune checkpoints in leukemia
Research subject:
Clinical Genetics (PI: Marcus Järås)
Innovagen and Cantargia; Skåne University Hospital (SUS)

Predictive immune biomarkers in cancer
Research subject:
Immunotechnology (PI: Malin Lindstedt)

Partners: Alligator Bioscience AB; SUS

Proteomic characterization of ovarian cancer for improved diagnostics
Research subject:
Immunotechnology (PI: Magnus Jakobsson)
University of Gothenburg

Regulators of anti-tumor immunity
Research subject:
Translational Medicine (PI: Karin Leandersson)

Partners: Cantargia and Cancer Immunology; SUS

Spatial omics enables deep mining of the tumor microenvironment
Research subject
: Immunotechnology (PI: Sara Ek)

Partners: the Nordic lymphoma group; SUS

Targeted imaging and therapies for advanced prostate cancer
Research subject:
Translational Medicine (PI: Anders Bjartell)

Partners: Lund Bioimaging Center; SUS

Translational cancer genomics and bioinformatics
Research subject:
Laboratory Medicine (PI: Thoas Fioretos)

Partners: Qlucore AB; SUS

Translational oncogenomics and cancer liquid biopsies
Research subject:
Clinical Science (PI: Lao Saal)

Partners: SAGA Diagnostics; the SCAN-B Initiative; SUS


Work duties

The main duty involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Most positions offer teaching only in relation to supervision of master thesis and doctoral students. Teaching of courses and seminars may also be included, but not more than 20%. Each position includes an opportunity for a three week-training in higher education teaching and learning.

The program is divided into three different work packages: WP1 = research within the defined research area (80-90%), WP2 = CanFaster specific training (5%), and WP3 = inter-sectoral training (5%). Within WP2, you will be able to attend courses in entrepreneurship and innovation processes; within WP3, you will have the opportunity to be educated in clinical aspects of cancer and attend seminar series at a business incubator. As a CanFaster fellow you will have the opportunity to perform secondments in the non-academic sector, such as clinic or industry. Team activities with other fellows within the CanFaster program will ensure the development of a network that lasts beyond the program and helps to boost your future career.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. The application should be submitted through Lund University electronic application system, In addition to providing all documents, you will be asked mandatory questions when submitting the application.


  • Mobility: Maximum 12 months of residency in Sweden during the last three years from the closure of the call.
  • PhD degree or at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Specific requirements: Each research subject has specific requirements on PhD subject and prior research experience. For details, please, visit:

The application must include: CV; publication list; motivation letter; and one reference letter provided on the CanFaster template. All templates and further instructions can be found at:

Assessment criteria and evaluation process

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and their potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

An evaluation panel with internal and external experts is responsible for the selection process. Eligible applicants will be evaluated based on merits, motivation for the program, academic excellence, and personal qualifications such as collaborative and communication skills. Top 4-6 candidates will be selected for a video interview with the evaluation panel (October 2020). After the interview, provided references will be contacted and 2-3 top candidates for each position will be asked to write a full research proposal (3 pages) within the selected research area. External reviewers will score the full proposals and best candidates will be offered the postdoc position in November 2020 with a starting date flexible from January 2021.

Terms of employment

There are eight positions available with a flexible start after January 1, 2021. Selected candidates will be offered a two-year postdoc position (40 hours/week) at Lund university within the selected research area. The employment benefits include health insurance, pension (16.5% on top of the salary), one-off relocation allowance of 500 EUR and five to six weeks of annual leave (age-dependent). Salaries will vary with candidate’s experience and the faculty of employment (3500-3800 EUR/month).

The employment is limited by an agreement, "Agreement on time-limited employment as postdoctor", between social partners dated 2008-09-04 (Arbetsgivarverket, OFRs, Saco-S and SEKO). See detailed information about employment at LU here.

Re-dress procedure

Applicants who wish to submit an objection to the decision (redress/appeal) should do so in writing to the of the Programme director within three weeks from receiving the statement. In the redress, the points of objection in relation to the negative decision should be described and motivated. The executive unit of the CanFaster program will provide feed-back to the redress and will follow the LU guidelines for redress and Swedish law (Högskoleförordningen 1993:100, ch. 12).

Contact information:

Program Director: Prof. Sara Ek, Program
Coordinator: Dr. Jana Hladílková Email:

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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Flexible start after January 1, 2021
Salary 3500 – 3800 EUR/month
Number of positions 8
Working hours 40 hours/week
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/1851
Sara Ek, 046-2220000
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 15.Jun.2020
Last application date 31.Aug.2020 11:59 PM CET

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