Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

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.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Job assignment

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated laboratory assistant who is interested in working on a project exploring the comparative genomics of cooperative breeding in birds. We require someone with excellent organizational skills and a strong background in laboratory-based Molecular Biology research. The project will involve DNA extraction from a variety of different types of avian samples, performing PCRs and the preparation of samples for both Sanger and Next-Generation Sequencing. The project aims to extract high-molecular weight DNA from samples. As this is an advanced procedure, the successful candidate should have substantial previous experience of DNA extraction as well as experience of a wide range of molecular techniques.


It is essential that the applicant has:

  • An MSc in Ecology, Evolution or Molecular Biology or a closely related field with a strong emphasis on Molecular Biology
  • Substantial experience of molecular genetics including DNA extraction, PCR and preparing samples for sequencing 
  • Fluent in English


It is desirable that the applicant has:

  • Experience of performing DNA extractions on museum samples
  • Experience of a broad-range of molecular genetic techniques
  • Motivation to work in a team and desire to take responsibility 

Basis of Assessment

Applicants are evaluated based on how well they fulfill the requirements detailed above. Such evidence may include documentation of completed coursework, scientific publications, technical and analytical know-how, evidence of organizational skills and enthusiasm for molecular biology and evolution. Where possible, statements to these effects should be accompanied by objective or independent assessment of the candidate’s track record and potential. These may include links to access published or unpublished (e.g., thesis) research material or letters of support from supervisors or previous employers.

Salary will be set according to the general regulations for laboratory assistants at Lund University in relation to the number of years research experience and achievements.

Application should contain:

  1. A cover letter explaining your background
  2. a CV that includes publications
  3. Contact information for at least two referees.
Type of employment Temporary position 3-6 months
Employment expires 2020-06-02
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2020-02-03 until 2020-06-02
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 80 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/3902
  • Emily O´Connor, Postdoctoral Fellow,, +46 462223722
  • Charlie Cornwallis, Senior University Lecturer,, +46 462223026
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 04.Dec.2019
Last application date 18.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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