Lunds universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Insti för laboratoriemedicin

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 division of Translational Cancer Research, the group led by Kristian Pietras is looking a postdoctoral fellow who will participate in cancer research. Cancer arises from a variety of changes in the genome of previously completely normal tissue. Through these genetic changes, the cancer cells can avoid the body's strict control over growth and form a tumor.

New studies emphasize the importance of tumor cell communication with the surrounding tissue in order for cancer to be developed at all. Different cell types in the environment of the tumor help the tumor cells by providing a variety of factors that facilitate their emergence, growth and spread. We seek basic knowledge of different cell types that together make up a tumor, and how these cell types communicate with each other to stimulate the growth and spread of the cancer. The assurance is that with more knowledge of this kind, we will be able to find new ways to treat tumor diseases.

Work duties
The postdoctoral researcher we are looking for will perform breast cancer studies using advanced mouse models and human research preparations to investigate the interactions between malignant cells and their micro-environment. Mechanisms for how the micro-environment shapes the tumor's propensity to metastasize to various organs will be investigated. Other common laboratory work tasks will also be performed within this role.

The applicant must hold a PhD degree within a relevant subject area, or equivalent international qualification. Furthermore, the applicant must have

  • necessary formal training to carry out animal studies
  • through publications documented experience from work with genetically modified mouse models for cancer,
  • experience from studies of paracrine interactions with various cell types in the tumor microenvironment.

Otherwise, we seek you who have documented knowledge in oral and written communication in English. In connection with selection, particular emphasis will be placed on relevant competence (see above), academic qualifications, international experience, initiative power, communication skills and personal suitability.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/6
  • Kristian Pietras, +46462226429
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 03.Jan.2019
Last application date 16.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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