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PhD student Agenda 2030 in clinical infection medicine

Lund University

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 Department of Translational Medicine is one of the six departments at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. We conduct basic science in a laboratory setting, point-of-care and clinical research as well as carry out epidemiological studies.

The graduate school

The 2030 Agenda is the framework for sustainable development that the world’s nations have signed to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, solve the climate crisis, promote peace and equity and much more.

We now welcome applicants from various disciplinary backgrounds who want to take an active role in 2030 Agenda research to apply for the new PhD student positions. The graduate school offers a unique opportunity to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on global challenges and contribute to current research while deepening your subject knowledge.

The graduate school has PhD students enrolled with all faculties of the university. You will be associated with a specific research studies programme, and simultaneously take part in two of the university-wide interdisciplinary research studies courses, developed on the basis of the issues defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. The courses provide great potential to develop new forms of collaboration and work for change across disciplinary boundaries. Besides the research courses, you will participate in several activities linked to the graduate school in order to take an active part in the global sustainability agenda and to advance the research front on issues concerning the 2030 Agenda, for example through seminars, conferences, study trips and collaborations with various societal stakeholders.

You can read more regarding the Agenda 2030 Graduate School here.

The research group

The PhD student will belong to the research group Clinical Infection Medicine. This research group conducts research on infectious diseases with major impact on global health, mainly HIV and tuberculosis. The research group has established collaborations with several other medical disciplines, in particular medical microbiology. A large part of the research activities within this research group are carried out in a research unit in Ethiopia (Adama LU Research Site, which is affiliated to LU and to a federal Ethiopian research institute). The research group is led by Professor Per Björkman, and contains 5-6 PhD students as well as several post-doc researchers. The research group is based at the Department of Translational Medicine, Malmö. Laboratory activities are mainly carried out at laboratories at BMC, Lund, managed by collaborating researchers in medical microbiology.

Within the research group we value a good working environment with respect and consideration in our relation to each other, we strive for a work place that is experienced as developing and stimulating for all co-workers. We constantly work to create conditions for job satisfaction, development and participation for all co-workers. We value both the physical as well as for the psychosocial working environment.

We are currently looking for a PhD student for a full-time position. Starting date by agreement.

Project plan

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to achievement of the goal to eliminate HIV as a public health threat by the year 2030. The project is based on a prospective cohort of people with HIV who are recruited and followed at health facilities in Ethiopia. It consists of three sub-studies on the associations between socio-demographic conditions, HIV transmission and drug resistance. The project contains both clinical and laboratory components, and will utilize molecular biological as well as epidemiological methodologies.

Job description

  • Research work according to the project plan.
  • Participation in educational activities within the research school Agenda 2030, as well as participation in the mandatory research education program for PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine.



  • MSc in medical or biomedical sciences.
  • Experience of laboratory work.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written).
  • Preparedness to spend longer periods at the research unit in Ethiopia (at least 3 months annually).

Great attention will be paid on personal suitability for the position. The applicant must have good capacity for collaboration, and must be able to work in a structured way, be flexible and be able to withstand stress

Additional requirements:

  • Experience of international work in healthcare or research/education within the field of medicine (preferably in low-income countries)
  • Experience of work at the research unit Adama LU Research Site and/or other work related to research in Ethiopia
  • Knowledge and experience of research in the field of infection medicine
  • Experience of research related to molecular biology

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 employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employmentEnligt överenskommelse.
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2021/2630
ContactPer Björkman, Research group leader,,, 0046 40 33 77 11Anton Lagerbäck, HR coordinator,,, 0046 40 39 19 04
Union representativeOFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Last application date03.Oct.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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