Lunds universitet, Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Kemiska institutionen

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.

ScanOats is a newly established industrial research centre in collaboration between the academy and the industry. We conduct basic and applied research on oats and oat-based products. Oat is an important crop both for the Swedish agriculture and for the food chain. ScanOats is unique in the sense that we cover the entire chain from basic research, genome sequencing, cultivar development, field testing, mild processing and fractionation, and clinical health trials.

Subject description
Biotechnology is central to the transition to a sustainable society. In the biotechnology research subject, microorganisms or components of these are developed and utilized to achieve technically useful goals with environmentally sustainable methods. Special applications are environmental biotechnology, industrial biotechnology and biotechnology for health.

The research to be carried out is part of the ScanOats project (, an industrial research center funded by the Foundation for Strategic Research ( The work will mainly be carried out at the Division of Biotechnology at Kemicentrum, Lund University, in collaboration with researchers within the other work packages of ScanOats and with the companies Lantmännen, Oatly and Swedish Oat Fiber.

Work duties
This sub-project within ScanOats will focus on the oat  lipids. These will be analyzed by gas chromatography, HPLC, mass spectrometry and other methods. The emulsifying properties of polar oat lipids will be investigated, and opportunities for oat-based lipid products with saturating properties will be studied.

An area of particular interest will be to study and try to control the lipid conversion reactions that in the event of unfavorable treatment cause rancidity development in the oat lipids. In this context, it will be studied which of the components of oats are important (enzymes, antioxidants, etc.) and how oats can be processed for optimal taste and functional properties.

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours, as well as supervision of degree projects and doctoral students. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The candidate is expected to contribute to applying for further external research grants.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Good knowledge and practical experience in enzyme technology.
  • Good knowledge and practical experience in chromatographic analysis (gas chromatography and HPLC), preferably from the lipid field.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
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 potential as researchers.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Good knowledge and practical experience in lipid chemistry and lipid characterisation.

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.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-09-01
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1928
  • Patrick Adlercreutz, Professor, +46462224842,
  • Carl Grey, Researcher, +46462228735,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
Published 08.Jun.2018
Last application date 08.Jul.2018 11:59 PM CET

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