Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Biologiska institutionen

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.

Work duties

The researcher will do molecular genetic lab-work, for example prepare samples for high-throughput sequencing, run qPCRs and develop protocols for long-range PCRs, but also analyze complex bioinformatic data related to immune genes, so called Major Histocompatibility Complex genes, in wild songbirds. The researcher will be part of the research group of Prof Helena Westerdahl at the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab (MEEL), Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden. MEEL constitutes a strong research environment with eight PI’s, their PhD students and PostDocs, master project students and visiting scientists, in total 25-30 persons. MEEL spans several research areas and many study organisms and is interconnected by many within-group collaborations and shared (molecular-, immunological-, genetic- and genomic-) methods. The focus of the studies is on wild organisms in their natural environments (and often their parasites and/or immune protection). For more information about MEEL see:



  • PhD in the area of animal ecology or equivalent
  • Several years experience of postdoctoral studies
  • Extensive experience of molecular genetic labwork like DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR and Sanger sequencing
  • Extensive experience of preparing samples for high-throughput sequencing (HTS)
  • Extensive experience from analyzing HTS amplicon data
  • Ability to conduct research independently as well as part of a research group and in collaborations
  • Excellent communication skills, in particular for writing scientific articles for publication in internationally peer-reviewed journals
  • Fluent in English (in writing and spoken)

Other merits

It will also be evaluated whether the applicant have good collaborative skills, a strong drive for research and proven experience of independent research, as well as how the applicant through her/his experiences and competence will be able to strengthen ongoing work in the research project.


Terms of employment

  • The position is time-limited to 12 months
  • The scope is 70% of a full position
  • For more information please contact Prof Helena Westerdahl (


Instructions on how to apply

Applications should include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the employment corresponds to your qualifications. The application should 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.).

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2024-03-12 or according to agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 70
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/378
  • Helena Westerdahl, +46707765208
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 13.Feb.2024
Last application date 27.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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