Faculty of Medicine, Department of Experimental Medical Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The research group

We are now recruiting a PhD student for a research project in adipocyte biology led by Senior lecturer Karin Stenkula. The research group is located at the Biomedical Centre in Lund within the diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology section. The group conducts experimental diabetes research on adipose tissue function with particular focus on identifying mechanisms that regulate expansion and hormone sensitivity of adipose tissue. The research group has several established collaborations at Lund University as well as other national and international higher education institutions.  Here you can read more about our exciting research:Karin Stenkula - Lunds universitet

Within the research group, we care about a good working environment, and strive to maintain a stimulating environment for all employees.  The position is limited to 4 years full-time, possible starting date 1 September 2021 or according to agreement.

Work duties 

The main goal of the doctoral student is to conduct postgraduate studies. This includes participation in, and development of, the research project and also fulfilment of compulsory doctoral courses. The PhD project includes studies of molecular mechanisms that regulate adipocyte function. Specifically, this involves experimental cell- and molecular biology analyses (e.g. gene expression, fat and glucose storage, size distribution, and microscopy) in different adipocyte cell models.


Required qualifications:

- Master's degree in Biomedicine, Biochemistry or similar.

- Interest in cell biology research with focus on adipose tissue is central.

- Fluent knowledge of English, both in writing and speech.

-  Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. The ability of applicants to cooperate and work independently will be taken into account.

Desired qualifications:

- Experience in experimental cell and molecular biology analyses.

- Knowledge of adipose tissue function and adipocyte biology.

- Experience with microscopy.

Instructions for the application 

The application must contain a cover letter describing how you meet the required qualifications, a CV and diploma.

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§.


Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2021-09-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/1498
  • Karin Stenkula, Research group leader, +46462220878
  • Sofia Sönnerstedt, HR coordinator, +46462229876
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 06.May.2021
Last application date 27.May.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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