Lund University, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö

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.

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Description of the workplace
At the research group of Nutrition Epidemiology, research is conducted on the importance of diet for health, especially regarding the importance of carbohydrate quality and sugar consumption. The group is led by associate professor Emily Sonestedt and consists of research and technical staff. You can read more about the research here and here. The research group is located at CRC in Malmö.

We care about creating a positive, respectful, and stimulating environment. We value communication and collaboration and a workplace that promotes learning and development for all employees. We are also committed to building a safe and positive environment for all employees through mutual respect and tolerance.

We offer
Lund University is a governmental authority, which means you get special benefits, generous holidays and a favourable occupational pension. We also have a flexible time agreement that creates good conditions for a balance between work and leisure.

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Work duties
As a postdoctoral fellow in the project "Significance of carbohydrate quality for cardiometabolic risk" with funding from the Swedish Research Council and the Heart and Lung Foundation, your work will consist of data processing of material from large nutritional epidemiological studies, as well as writing articles for publication in peer-reviewed international journals. Within the project, we will use different methods (including metabolomics) to gain new insights into the connection between sugar intake and risk of cardiometabolic risk. We will also use objective markers for sugar intake measured in urine. Other tasks within the research group may also be relevant, for example planning to a coming intervention study.

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. This eligibility requirement needs to be met no later than the time when the employment decision is made, and evidence that this requirement is met needs to have been sent in by this time at the latest. Candidates should have completed their PhD degree no more than three (3) years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. These circumstances refer to leave due to illness, parental leave, clinical work, positions of trust within trade union organizations or other similar circumstances.

Basis for assessment      
At Lund University, employment as a postdoctoral researcher provides opportunities for scientific and pedagogical merit. There is mainly room for merit in research, but also for certain higher education pedagogical training. Teaching may be included in the tasks.

For the employment as a postdoctoral research, scientific ability will primarily be taken into account.


Requirements for the position are:

  • Completed PhD (within the last three years) in nutrition, biostatistics or another field that the employer considers relevant
  • Experience of working with nutritional epidemiological studies
  • Good ability to work in a group and an ability to work independently
  • Ability to take initiative and be ambitious

Meritorious for the position are:

  • Good knowledge of carbohydrate quality and cardiometabolic diseases
  • Experience of having worked with objective biomarkers for dietary intake
  • Work with omics data, preferably metabolomics
  • Experience of setting up an intervention study

Terms of employment
This is a full-time employment limited to 2 years, with a possible extension for up to one additional year. Preliminary start date 2023-11-01 or according to agreement. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral researcher”) between SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated November 19, 2021.

How to apply
The position is sought via the university’s recruitment system. Applications must include a personal motivation letter, in which you describe how you meet the qualification requirements and why you are interested in the position. The application must also contain a CV, contact information of two references, a diploma (including a grade transcript) and other documents you wish to be considered (e.g. letters of recommendation and list of publications).

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2310
  • Emily Sonestedt, +4640391325
  • Adina Olnert, +4640391904
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 30.Jun.2023
Last application date 10.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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