Lund university, Department of medical radiation

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.

Subject description
The research group in MR Physics ( is active in the medical applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and has extensive experience in method development related to imaging of perfusion, diffusion, functional activation, and flow in both healthy and diseased tissue.

This position aims to conduct preclinical MRI and various types of microscopy (light and x-ray) on prostate cancer to develop biomarkers that can be used in the detection and treatment of the disease. The project's purpose is to link the information obtained by these methods.

Work duties
The main responsibilities include conducting research within the MR Physics group, focusing on the development of prostate cancer diagnostics and treatment monitoring in both clinical and preclinical environments. We will utilize advanced diffusion and relaxation MRI to investigate tissue microstructure and generate parameters that can be used as clinical biomarkers. The work will be carried out in both human subjects and preclinical models. It also involves qualitative and quantitative analysis of light microscopy and high-resolution X-ray microscopy (micro-CT). Emphasis is placed on the ability to work interdisciplinary (i.e., in collaboration with researchers, physicians, and international partners) and independently (i.e., through self-initiative, structuring, and planning innovative research). The MR Physics group has a large international collaborative network, which encourages travel for planning and implementing various future collaborative projects.

Teaching and supervision at an advanced level and doctoral level may be included, depending on the department's needs.

The tasks may also include:

  • Teaching at the undergraduate, advanced, and doctoral levels.
  • Supervising thesis projects and doctoral students.
  • Working on external research funding applications.
  • Collaboration with industry and society.
  • Administrative tasks related to the aforementioned responsibilities.

Qualification requirements
Eligible for employment as a postdoctoral researcher is an individual who has obtained a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree assessed as equivalent to a doctoral degree, in the subject area of the position and earned it no more than three years before the date of employment decision. Note that one can still apply for the position before obtaining their degree. In specific cases, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written.
  • PhD in magnetic resonance engineering, medical radiation physics, or equivalent.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in the career, and the assessment of applicants will primarily be based on their scientific merits and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on scientific competence in the subject area.

When appointing a postdoctoral researcher, the following shall form the basis for assessment:

  • Strong ability to develop and conduct high-quality research.
  • Pedagogical skills.
  • Experience in experimental work using Bruker MR systems.
  • Experience in diffusion-weighted MRI.
  • Experience in microscopy.
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative analysis of histology.

Consideration will also be given to collaboration skills, drive, independence, and how the applicant, through their experience and expertise, is judged to complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, as well as contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 2 years. 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 fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S and OFR/S, dated 1st February 2022. Startdate according to agreement.

Instructions on how to apply
The application should be written in English and include:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • List of publications
  • A general description of previous research work and future research interests (maximum two pages)
  • Contact information for at least two references
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate and any other certificates/transcripts you wish to refer to.
Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Individuell lönesättning tillämpas.
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2334
  • Filip Szczepankiewicz, +4646178543
  • Helena Skönvall, HR-partner,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 21.Jun.2023
Last application date 31.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CET

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