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

Description of the workplace

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 within the Diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology section, Department of Experimental Medical Sciences, Medical Faculty, Lund University. 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.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority, which means that you will have special benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension. We also have a flexitime agreement that creates good conditions for work/life balance. Read more on the University’s website about being a Lund University employee, Work at Lund University.

Work duties and area of responsibilities

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 using coulter counter) in different adipose cell models.


Required qualifications:

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

- Knowledge of adipose tissue function and adipocyte biology.

- Experience with coulter counter technique and post data processing.

- Experience of conducting cell biology research with focus on adipose tissue. 

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

Considered of merit for the recruitment:

Experience of international research environments.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. The applicant’s ability to cooperate and work independently, and skills in scientific writing, will be considered as a merit.

Further information

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.


This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 4 years with start date 2023-02-01 or on agreement. Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

How to apply

The application must contain a personal letter in which you describe how you meet the desired qualifications, a CV and your diplomas.

Lund University welcomes applicants with different backgrounds and experiences. We see equality and diversity as a strength and asset. Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2023-02-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/3451
  • Herbert Floria, 046-2220696
  • Karin Stenkula, +46462220878
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 24.Oct.2022
Last application date 14.Nov.2022 11:59 PM CET

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