PhD Student in Translational Cancer Research

Lund University Faculty of Medicine

PhD student within translational cancer research

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 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 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

Alexander Pietras’ group is part of the Division of Translational Cancer Research, Department of Laboratory Medicine. Members of the lab use in vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro modeling to characterize phenotypic plasticity, regulation of brain tumor stemness, mechanisms of therapeutic resistance, and stem cell niche—tumor cell interactions in brain tumors.

Within the research group, we safeguard a good working environment with respect and consideration in our relationships with each other.

We are hereby seeking a PhD student for work in various research projects within the research group. The employment is limited to 4 years full time with the desired date of admission on September 1, 2020 or by agreement.

Work duties and area of responsibility

The PhD project aims to characterize mechanisms of brain tumor resistance to conventional therapeutics and recurrence, with a specific focus on the regulation of tumor stemness by stromal cells of the perivascular and perinecrotic (hypoxic) tumor niches. The successful candidate is expected to develop and lead independent research projects as well as contribute to other ongoing activities in the lab. Tasks include data analysis, method development, project planning, and scientific writing. The position requires work with laboratory animals. Active participation in local, regional, national, and international scientific meetings and seminars is expected. The candidate is expected to contribute to shared duties at the Division of Translational Cancer Research and can be expected to perform some administrative tasks, as well as contribute to supervision of undergraduate students.


The following is meritorious for the position:

  • Masters degree in biomedical sciences, molecular biology, or related subject area.
  • Documented experience with laboratory animals, in particular mouse models of cancer, or documented training and experience in tumor biology and relevant methodologies, in particular those related to studies of the tumor microenvironment or response to therapy.

Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

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.

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

Instructions for the application

The application should contain a personal letter describing your desired qualifications, a CV and diploma.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2020-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/1697
  • Alexander Pietras, recruiting manager, 046-2220000
  • Tilde Lindgren, human resources coordinator, 046-2220000
Published 12.May.2020
Last application date 02.Jun.2020 11:59 PM CET