Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Immunotechnology

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.

Description of the workplace

The position will be located at the Department of Immunotechnology ( at Medicon Village in Lund and be part of CREATE Health ( and Lund University's Cancer Center ( 

Project description

The project aims to deepen the understanding of the immune microenvironemnt in malignant lymphomas. Specific aims include use and development of methods to quantify immune cells in heamatological tissue, develop integrated models, combining biological and clinical data, to explain response to treatment and identify novel immunotherapeutic targets. The project is carried out in collaboration with Skåne University Hospital (SUS) and the Nordic mantle cell lymphoma group.

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

The project uses new technology, and the established SpatialOmics@LU infrastructure (, to generate unique molecular information about cellular interactions between the tumor and the immune system. 

Detailed description of the work duties, such as:

  • Planning and execution of spatially resolved molecular and cellular analyses using different emthods.
  • Develop bioinformatic workflows to answer specific biological questions and identify therapeutic target molecules.
  • Develop integrated models to enhance the basic immunologial understanding and develop risk models for clinical use.
  • Take part in collaborations with clinicans and other researchers to develop new cross-disciplinary studies related to the project
  • Be involved in teaching in courses and of project students.
  • Contribute to the development of the department through active participation in joint meetings and activities.

Admission requirements 

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant: 

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Immunotechnology if the applicant has: 

  • At least 240 credits with relevance for the specific subject, with at least 60 credits in the second cycle, including a project of 30 credits in the second cycle with relevance for the subject, or similar, or
  • Master in Engineering or other education at equal levels with relevance for the subject

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish
  • Extensive pratical experience in image analysis
  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience in coding languages such as R and Python

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following: 

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria

  • Education/knowledge in immunology
  • Practical experience with image analyses
  • Practical experience in R studio
  • Practical experience in Python

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. 
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Terms of employment 

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

How to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Welcome to apply!

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/524
  • Sara Ek, Professor, 046-2223824,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
Published 07.Mar.2023
Last application date 28.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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