PhD student position in Biomedical Science


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About Malmö University

Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.



The Department of Biomedical Science offers a programme leading to a professional qualification, Biomedical Scientist (first cycle, 180 credits), and a Masters' programme, Biomedical Surface Science (second cycle, 120 credits), as well as first and second cycle freestanding courses. The Department negotiates the multifaceted intersection between biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and technology and the interdisciplinary approach to research and education aims to further the theoretical and practical understanding of the complex subject matter. Drawing on the balance between pure and applied research, the Department has been successful in attracting funding from regional, national, and international research funding bodies. In addition, in the pursuit of possible applications, several industry funded contract research projects are currently running at the Department.

The research at the faculty is also linked to the research center Biofilms - Research Center for Biointerfaces, which combines biomedical science with clinical and translational research in medical, dental, food and environmental application areas in close collaboration with regional industry.


The research project is truly transdisciplinary and the tasks are diverse, also involving interactions with volunteers with various backgrounds in direct test situations. The technological objective of the project is to design and test a wireless non-invasive biosensor for the detection of bioanalytes in human urine. The second topic of the research project is to perform complex multi-parameter (both invasive and non-invasive) analysis of volunteers using commercially available devices, including wearables and medically certified blood analysers, as well as newly designed devices developed during the implementation of the current project. This second topic will also involve interactions with volunteers from marginalized groups in the society outside the traditional health care institutions and clinical test situations. In spite of the ambitious technical objective, the project is fundamentally oriented, focused on the complex important scientific question, i.e. possible interrelationships between concentration/presence of bioanalytes/biomarkers and fitness and health status/advancement of disease. The third topic is closely connected to biomedical science in clinical physiology using echocardiography to investigate measures of diastolic cardiac function in elite athletes. The measurements in athletes will be compared with a control group of healthy persons who train on a common level or less. This has the potential to gain important knowledge for future conclusions on the effects of elite athletes training on cardiac function.
To accomplish the scientific goals of the project, big data sets will be collected and mathematically analysed using advanced computing systems and statistical analyses.

PhD-student position in Biomedical Science

The PhD student will be admitted to a PhD education at Malmö University. The PhD education will run for four years on 100% working time. The research topic is "Biomedical Science" and the Faculty offers a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science. The PhD student will also take part in teaching. Provisions on appointment as a PhD student are laid out in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. When making the appointment, under Chapter 5, Section 5 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, consideration must be given to the student's ability to benefit from studies.

In order to be considered for admission as a doctoral student, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes, and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme. Ordinance (2010:1064). The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. Ordinance (2010: 1064).

General entry requirements:

  1. a second-cycle higher education degree
  2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle, or having in some other way, nationally or internationally, acquired equivalent knowledge.

 Specific entry requirements:

  1. comprise at least 90 ECTS, of which 30 ECTS should be at second cycle level, in a subject which is of relevance for the research domain in question or which in some other way involve broadly equivalent knowledge.

In addition, adequate knowledge in both Swedish and English is a prerequisite.

Basis of assessment

The ideal candidate has a background as certified biomedical analyst with a good understanding in electrochemistry, immunology, physiology and sociology. In ranking the applicants, particular emphasis will be put on practical experience in wearable and non-invasive technologies, and understanding of advanced biomedical analysis and technology. Previous experience in multi-parameter analysis of volunteers and/or patients, as well as earlier involvement in multidisciplinary studies also comprising the use of questionaires (e.g., joint studies with health care and social scientists) are highly valued. Experience from working directly with volunteers from marginalized communities outside traditional health care settings is also viewed as crucial for a successful progression of this research project.

Further information

Sergey Shleev, Malmö University, +46-702351141
Anders Kottorp, Malmö University, +46-406657049
Petri Gudmundsson, Malmö University, +46-736490745
Jill Moberger, HR specialist, Malmö University +46-406657840

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You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than March 4th 2021. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The application must include:

  • A brief summary of scientific, teaching and other qualifications relevant to the position, together with a motivation for applying to this PhD-student position
  • Attested copies of certificates
  • Signed list of qualifications (CV)
  • List of scientific publications
  • Copy of a master/magister degree thesis or equivalent.
  • Copies of three of your most relevant written work, which you would like to highlight
  • References (at least two; names, titles, contact information positions/relation. Please do not submit letters of reference)


The post is full-time and for a limited period, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Planned starting date

May 1st, 2021

Union representatives

SACO-S: Desirée Annvir,
Lärarförbundet: Carl-Erik Blomberg,
ST/OFR: Aje Carlbom

We are looking forward to receive your application!




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