Lund University, Department of Translational Medicine

Description of the workplace
The Diagnostic Radiology research group performs research related to clinical imaging diagnostics. LUCI (Lund University breast Cancer Imaging) is an interdisciplinary group of scientists that conducts research mainly focused on innovative clinical imaging methods in breast cancer diagnostics, with a particular focus on cancer screening and artificial intelligence. Diagnostic Radiology and LUCI are both headed by professor Sophia Zackrisson and consist of both scientists and technical staff. More information can be found here.

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.

Our research group has pioneered breast mechanical imaging (MI), a method for measuring the distribution of stress (reactive pressure) on the compressed breast surface during mammography – breast x-ray imaging. For a new modality such as MI, it is vital that the method is comprehensively tested through both computer simulations and clinical trials. However, the tools needed to do the latter have not yet been developed. Together with collaborators from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, this project is aimed at doing precisely that.

We offer
Lund University is a governmental authority, which means you get special benefits, generous holidays and a favorable 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
The PhD student’s duties will be to combine state-of-the-art realistic computer simulations with exploration of unique clinical data. The PhD-student will develop, validate and use a new generation of multi-modality digital deformable breast phantoms to aid in the characterization of MI together with mammographic breast imaging.

The student will work in a multi-disciplinary team and will engage with international collaborators. Participation in international conferences and other meetings are expected and encouraged, as well as regular participation in regular groups meetings and seminars. Other duties such as supervision of master students and teaching may also be required.

Requirements for the position are:

  • An advanced degree (MSc or equivalent) in biomedical engineering, medical physics or other relevant physics, engineering or computer science subject
  • Proficiency in finite element method modelling and finite element method software for biomechanical applications
  • Excellent programming ability
  • A well-developed ability to present advanced subjects in verbal and written form
  • Excellent English language proficiency

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. The position requires you to be communicative, detail-oriented, curious, and passionate about the subject.

Meritorious for the position are:

  • Experience and theoretical knowledge of soft tissue mechanics
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of medical technology and engineering
  • Specific proficiency in relevant software and programming languages, e.g. Matlab and Python
  • Swedish language proficiency

Basic eligibility for education at postgraduate level is for those who have completed a degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or in some other way within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

Basis for assessment     
Regulations for employment as a doctoral student can be found in regulation SFS 1998:80. Only those who have been admitted to education at research level may be appointed as holders. When appointing, attention must be paid primarily to the degree of the ability to assimilate the postgraduate education. In addition to the obligation to engage in their own postgraduate education, the holder may be required to perform duties related to education, research and administrative work according to special provisions in the regulation.

Terms of employment
The employment is limited to four years according to HF chapter 5 § 7 and is full-time. Start date is 2024-01-31 or as agreed. 

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
First day of employment 2024-01-31 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/3010
  • Sophia Zackrisson, Professor, +4640338797
  • Magnus Dustler, supervisor
  • Ditte Mårtensson, HR, +4640391336
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 27.Sep.2023
Last application date 26.Nov.2023 11:59 PM CET

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