About Malmö University
Malmö University is an innovative, urban, and international university that is located in the heart of central Malmö. We have approximately 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and our education are characterized by the role that universities have in an open society - to contribute to a sustainable and equal society on a scientific basis and together with other social actors. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future is a high priority. Our researchers and students want to be involved in this process and together with others create, share and disseminate knowledge to understand, explain and develop the society. Both locally and globally.

About the Faculty of Health and Society (HS)
Educational and research activities at the Faculty of Health and Society strive to expand the knowledge base in order to preserve, support and promote the physical, psychological, and social health of the individual. Research activities include areas ranging from science, technology, and medicine, to social science. The faculty currently comprises four departments, among them the Department of Biomedical Science.

About the Foresight research program
The research programme Foresight at Malmö University has as main aim to discover predictive biomarkers and develop diagnostic tools that can improve clinicians' ability to identify patients with increased risk of caries and periodontitis. With more efficient methods for risk assessment, healthcare costs can be reduced so that care is tailored to all individuals based on their needs. Rather than involving more research within a field of knowledge, researchers from different areas of knowledge work interdisciplinarily. The programme is coordinated by the Faculty of Odontology.

PhD student position: Development of diagnostic tools for predicting oral infections based on artificial receptors and optical or electrochemical sensing concepts
The candidate will become an employee of Malmö University with affiliation to the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Health and Society. The research topic is “Biomedical sciences” and the Faculty examines Doctors of Philosophy (i.e. in Swedish: Teknologie doktor, Filosofie doktor, Doktor i medicinsk vetenskap and Medicine doktor) following a four-year degree programme.

The doctoral students will have the opportunity to take part in teaching (e.g. see https://edu.mau.se/VABSE) and will follow a 60 credits study plan comprising a well-balanced set of courses from both faculties.

The focus of the advertised position is to conduct research aimed at developing robust diagnostic tools and methods to identify patients at risk of developing periodontitis/ periimplantatis. The underlying project is supported by the Malmö University Foresight programme and is based on the assumption that specific patterns of proteolytic enzymes derived from bacteria and the host, and also cytokines and chemokines, in gingival pockets, can be exploited as biomarkers for increased risk of severe bone destruction in patients with periodontitis or periimplantatis. The overall objective is to develop highly specific, low cost diagnostic assays, based on affinity interactions involving use of gold nanoparticles and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), for non-invasive and label-free detection of low concentrations of the biomarkers in experimental models, as well as in gingival biofluids. Detection systems to be used will involve capacitance measurements, surface plasmon resonance, nanoplasmonics and others.

The PhD-student is required to interact closely with dentists, chemists, physicists, and biologists, and to spend time in partner laboratories for clinical validation of the sensing/assay technologies developed in the project.

Required Qualifications and Criteria for Assessment of Applicants
General entry requirements

The preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student takes place in parallel. Basic eligibility for admission has the person who has:

  1. completed a degree at advanced level,
  2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level or
  3. In some other way, within or outside the country, acquired substantially equivalent knowledge. (HF Chapter 7, § 39)

Specific entry requirements
The successful candidate will have a masters’ degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, preferably biochemistry nanotechnology or analytical chemistry. Experimental laboratory experience is required and candidates with interdisciplinary experience directly related to the research topic of the position outlined above, notably oral microbiology or infectious medicine will be given preference.

When making the appointment (HF Chapter 5, § 5), consideration must be given to the student’s ability to benefit from doctoral studies.

For more information contact
Börje Sellergren, Professor in Biomedical technology, Phone: +46 40 665 7810, Mail: borje.sellergren@mau.se

Form of employment and starting date
Four-year PhD position, starting September 1, 2019. Contract renewal, maximum one year, possible.

You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “apply/ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is complete according to the advertised position and your application must be received no later than June 30, 2019.

The application should contain the following:

  1. A brief summary of scientific, teaching and other qualifications relevant to the position
  2. Attested copies of certificates
  3. Signed list of qualifications (CV)
  4. List of scientific publications and developed teaching materials
  5. Copies of three of your most relevant scientific publications
  6. References

Additional information
At Malmö University, individual salary negotiations apply.  Malmö University is a workplace characterised by an open and inclusive approach where equal treatment adds value to our activities. 
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in Sweden at the start of the appointment.

Trade union representatives
SACO-S: Desiree Annvir, desiree.annvir@mau.se eller Lina Corter, lina.corter@mau.se
Lärarförbundet: Carl-Erik Blomberg, carl-erik.blomberg@mau.se
OFR/S (ST): Naser Eftekharian, naser.eftekharian@mau.se


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