Lunds universitet, LTH, Institutionen för biomedicinsk teknik

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.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering with focus on acoustics and microfluidics

Subject description
Biomedical engineering comprises theoretical and experimental activities based on engineering and addressing issues tied to medicine and biology.

Work duties
The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

The research activities involves development of a technology platform for microfluidic-based cell handling focusing on separation, imaging and fractionation of sub-groups of blood cells and cancer cells from blood samples using ultrasound. The following are examples of tasks:

  • Handling of blood samples and cultured cells using standard protocols
  • Defining microfluidic chips for acoustophoresis
  • Develop a computer controlled flow system with pumps, valves and driving electronics using standard parts
  • Development of specialized components for such a system
  • Development of a computer controlled automated microscopy platform to image cells suspended in a flow
  • Image and data analysis
  • Writing scientific publications and making illustrations
  • Presenting research findings at scientific conferences
  • Acting as assistant supervisor for undergraduate students
  • Active participation at group meetings and seminars

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Biomedical engineering if he or she has: at least 45 credits at advanced level with relevance for the subject.
It is required that the student is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria
Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Master’s degree preferrably in Electrical engineering, Engineering physics, Nanotechnology engineering, Mechanical engineering, Biomedical engineering or similar.
  • Knowledge and experience within microfluidics
  • Knowledge and experience within ultrasound engineering
  • Knowledge and experience within chemistry- or cell-lab work
  • Experience from programming in Matlab, LabView or Python
  • Experience from design of optical systems

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment
Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

It is strongly recommended that the application contain a report from a Master or Bachelor level thesis or equivalent and optionally maximum one (1) scientific publication, conference proceeding or report that you have contributed to. Please state clearly your contribution to the work and state the name and affiliation of supervisor or project leader of the project.

Contact person
Per Augustsson,

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2770
  • Per Augustsson , +46 709 268070
Published 06.Sep.2017
Last application date 27.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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