Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Immunotechnology

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.

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.

CanFaster, which is co funded by EU, is a four-year doctoral program, within cancer research and entrepreneurship. The goal is to faster forward the discoveries in cancer research, to speed up the time from discovery to clinical practice.  

The candidates will undertake a comprehensive training programme, that includes courses in entrepreneurship, innovation processes, as well as education in clinical aspects of cancer and attend seminar series at the business incubator. Team activities will ensure the development of a network that lasts beyond the programme, and that helps to boost the future career.

The CanFaster students will be offered secondments in the non-academic sector, such as clinic or industry. The goal of CanFaster is to educate tomorrow’s cancer researchers in a broad set of scientific, transferable, and business skills to become entrepreneurs and build an international network by the end of the training.

The program is administrated by CREATE Health, located in the energetic and dynamic science park, Medicon Village, and the research will be conducted at Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, as well as Social Sciences at Lund University in Sweden. Lund University and the Life Science research in the Medicon Valley area has been nominated as one of 13 Brain belts in the world.

Lund University now offers up to 16 PhD positions within the following 16 research projects. You can apply to all 16 projects, but in the application process you will be asked to rank your top three projects. For general information CanFaster at Lund University email:

CanFaster- PhD doctoral program, 16 projects in Cancer and Entrepreneurship a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme

For project description and special requriements please visit

1. Molecular investigations of mantle cell lymphoma and development of companion diagnostic tools
Research subject: Immunotechnology

2. Novel Methods for Diagnosis of Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma
Research subject: Laboratory medicine

3. The role of microRNAs in Homing and Seeding of Prostate Cancer Metastases in Bone
Research subject: Laboratory medicine - Medical Molecular biology.

4.Precision medicine for advanced cancers through molecular genomics and analysis of circulating tumour DNA
Research subject: Biomedicine - cancer genomics

5. Molecular diagnostics for precision medicine - Development and application of the protein biomarker discovery platform GPS (Global Proteome Survey)
Research subject: Immunotechnology

6. Patient stratification through affinity-based proteomics of liquid and tissue biopsies
Research subject: Immunotechnology

7. Dendritic Cell Subsets in Head and Neck Cancers
Research subject: Immunotechnology

8. Paediatric Brain Tumour Immunology and Immunotherapy
Research subject: Biomedicine - Cancer-Immunotherapy

9. CRISPR/Cas9 Screens to Identify New Therapeutic Targets in Leukaemia
Research subject: Laboratory medicine

10. Psychological Resilience - Emotion Regulation, Quality of Life and Biomolecular Fingerprints
Research subject: Psychology

11. Development of novel targeted therapies against acute myeloid leukemia and novel tools for prediction of treatment efficacy
Research subject: Laboratory medicine - Molecular medicine.

12. Delineating the Cellular Taxonomy of the Cancer Microenvironment
Research subject: Laboratory medicine

13. Studies of tumour cell stress adaptation for the identification of new treatment targets
Research subject: Biomedicine - Experimental Oncology

14. PROTECT women by PReventiOn and early deTECTion of breast cancer initiation – cellular and molecular effects of reducing breast density
Research subject: Biomedicine - Experimental Oncology

15. Understanding genetic predisposition for multiple myeloma
Research subject: Laboratory medicine

16. Translating genomic discoveries into improved clinical decision making, mechanistic understanding, and therapy of acute leukaemia
Research subject: Laboratory medicine -Experimental clinical genetics


Work duties
The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects, third cycle courses and occational supervision of undergraduate students.

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:

Each research subject or project have additional requirements. These are provided among the additional information for the particular projects. See

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • To qualify for this third cycle program the applicant must have performed an independent research project.

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, will be judge on based on undergraduate research experiences, a Master's thesis or in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview
  3. Written and oral communication skills, will be judge through the application documents and interview 
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience

Other assessment criteria:

  1. Motivation to be accepted to the program and statement of career development benefits after graduation from the program
  2. Mobility, you cannot have resided in Sweden for more than 12 months during the last three years
  3. The individual projects may have assessment criteria. If so, these are provided among the additional information for the particular projects. See

Consideration will also be given to mature 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. 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.

  • Scanned copies of the complete (Bachelor and Master equivalent) and official academic transcripts in English
  • References: Two reference letters written in the template found at The form should be sent to with the subject Referee form and name of the applicant before the 17th of November 2017.
  • Scanned copy of standardized test results (GRE, TOEFL, etc.).
  • All required application material, including letters of reference, must be complete and submitted by deadline in order for the application to be considered. Documents written in other languages must be translated into English by an authorised translator.
  • You will be asked to prioritise your top three research projects, and inform us if you are interested to be offered another position than one of your top three.
  • You will be asked to answer a number of evaluation questions when submitting the application.

Eligible applicants will be evaluated by an evaluation panel based on merit, motivation to apply to the program, motivation for career development, measured in terms of the academic record, academic excellence, and personal qualifications such as collaboration and communication abilities. The applications will be evaluated continuously and can be contacted for interview prior to the call closure.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment January to June 2018
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 16
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2907
  • Professor Sara Ek, Program director,
  • Maria Klement, Program coordinator ,
Published 25.Sep.2017
Last application date 17.Nov.2017 11:59 PM CET

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