Lunds universitet, Medicinska fakulteten

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.

Clinical Sciences Lund intimately cooperate with Skåne University Hospital Lund, and the Medical Faculty in order to optimize the conditions for preclinical and clinical, translational research, research strategies and the development, as well as education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Clinical Sciences Lund have in total 31 divisions organized into four sections, and holds educational in e.g. the MD programme, at present 480 registered PhD students with approximately 60 dissertations per year. It constitutes the largest unit within this level at Lund University.

CanFaster, which is co funded by EU, is a four-year doctoral program for 16 PhD students, 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 2 PhD positions within the total of 16 CanFaster research projects. You can apply to both projects, but in the application process you will be asked to rank your top project. For general information about CanFaster at Lund University, please email:

CanFaster- PhD doctoral program, 2 projects in Cancer and Entrepreneurship a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme

For project description and special requriments please vist

  1. Precision medicine for advanced cancers through molecular genomics and analysis of circulating tumour DNA

Research subject: Biomedicine - cancer genomics

Special Requirements: Previous experience in bioinformatics, programming, next-generation sequencing, and/or cancer research is desired

  1. Understanding the genetics of blood cell formation

Research subject: Laboratory medicine

Special requirements: Must be interested in a Ph.D. in human genetics with a focus on blood cell formation, blood disorders, and cutting-edge genomics technologies. Must demonstrate solid training in human genetics, including a master degree in a relevant subject (e.g., genetics, molecular biology or similar). An understanding of bioinformatics and computing is preferred (but not a strict requirement). Must be highly motivated to work in a collaborative, international environment. Must have the ability and ambition to complete a Ph.D. that fulfils the requirements of the Medical Faculty at Lund University, and be willing to invest the effort needed


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:

Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study 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 Written and oral communication skills, will be judge through the application documents and interview  Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience 

Other assessment criteria:
Motivation to be accepted to the program and statement of career development benefits after graduation from the program Mobility, you cannot have resided in Sweden for more than 12 months during the last three years 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 the Faculty of Medicine 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 6th of May 2018.
  • 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.

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, fixed

Number of positions:                                  2

Working hours:                                          100%

Starting date:                                             June 2018

City:                                                          Lund

Country:                                                    Sweden

Published:                                                 2018-03-27

Last application date:                                 2018-05-06


Contact information:           
Professor Sara Ek, Program director

Professor Björn Nilsson

MD PhD Lao Saal


Grundläggande behörighet till utbildning på forskarnivå har den som har: avlagt examen på avancerad nivå, fullgjort kursfordringar om minst 240 högskolepoäng, varav minst 60 högskolepoäng på avancerad nivå, eller på något annat sätt inom eller utom landet förvärvat i huvudsak motsvarande kunskaper.


Bestämmelser för anställning som doktorand återfinns i förordning SFS 1998:80. Som innehavare får enbart förordnas den som är antagen till utbildning på forskarnivå. Vid tillsättning skall avseende främst fästas vid graden av förmåga att tillgodogöra sig forskarutbildningen. Förutom skyldighet att ägna sig åt egen forskarutbildning kan innehavaren åläggas att fullgöra tjänstgöring som avser utbildning, forskning och administrativt arbete enligt särskilda bestämmelser i förordningen.


Tidsbegränsad anställning fyra år enligt HF 5 kap 7§.


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment June 2018
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/969
  • Björn Nilsson, Professor, 046-222 00 00
  • Lao Saal, MD PhD, 046-222 00 00
  • Sara Ek, Professor, Program director, 046-222 00 00
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 27.Mar.2018
Last application date 06.May.2018 11:59 PM CET

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