Doctoral Student in Endocrine Cell Differentiation and Function

Lund University


September 19, 2021


Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Lund

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Medicine is a part of Lund University, and is responsible for education and research within medicine and healthcare. Our academic programs are closely linked with the healthcare system and are firmly anchored in the faculty's strong research tradition. Our research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research. The Faculty of Medicine, with its 1,800 employees and 2,700 students in Lund and Malmö, is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, teachers and researchers from all over the world.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine is one of six departments at Lund University's Faculty of Medicine. We conduct leading research, both broad and specialised, within the field of laboratory medicine, focusing on the onset of disease and how we can improve diagnostics and treatment for patients. Some of our strongest areas with world-class research deal with cancer, genetics and blood.

Associate Professor Isabella Artner leads the research group Endocrine Cell Differentiation and Function at the Stem Cell Center at the Faculty of Medicine. Our research group investigates on how endocrine cells develop in the pancreas. For this, we use cell biology and transcriptomic approaches. The group comprises 4 individuals with diverse background (experimental, computational). We collaborate with multiple groups in Sweden and internationally.

Within the research group, we cherish an activity that aims to create a creative and stimulating work environment to promote new ideas and independent thinking.

We are hereby looking for and driven doctoral student who will work in the doctoral project "Transcriptional regulation of embryonic alpha cell differentiation". The employment is limited to 4 years on a full-time basis with the desired date of entry on 1 October 2021 or by agreement.

Requirements and work tasks

We are searching for a Ph.D. student interested in cell and developmental biology, with a focus on alpha and beta cell formation and diabetes. Specifically, the project aims to identify and study genes important to alpha cell formation and function, and link these to genetic data on pancreatic islet function and diabetes.

In addition to following the doctoral program, as well as participating in relevant courses for the education, the position also includes the following tasks:

  • Establishing and differentiating iPS cell lines
  • Generating and analyzing transcriptomics data
  • Maintaining a lab book and similar administrative tasks
  • Compiling and interpreting results, certain bioinformatics included
  • Writing scientific articles for publication
  • The doctoral student must actively participate in seminars and other important meetings and present the project at meetings in accordance with the study plan. The doctoral student has his or her own responsibility to:

  • Seek contact with the colleagues who best support a discussion about the results
  • Find ways for career support
  • Formulate, develop and optimize the ways for communication with supervisors and colleagues that best promote the doctoral student's work methods and qualifications
  • Qualifications


  • MSc in cell or developmental biology, or equivalent
  • Good laboratory skills, including handling of mice, dissection and histology of mouse and human endodermal tissue and working with cell lines
  • Very good knowledge of English, both oral and written
  • Very good writing and reading comprehension
  • Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. The successful applicant is driven, curious and responsible. It is required that you have a good communicative ability and are good at collaborating. In addition, the tasks require that you are organized and have the ability to prioritize your tasks.


  • Education in molecular biology, biochemistry or practical experience in these areas
  • Basic knowledge in bioinformatics
  • Education and experience in working with mouse models
  • Good knowledge of developing and adult pancreas morphology
  • Eligibility

    Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

    The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

    Type of employment

    Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

    Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    First day of employment 1 October or according to agreement Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2021/2822 Contact

  • Isabella Artner, +46 46 222 38 29
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
  • Published 03.Sep.2021 Last application date 19.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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