PhD Position in Umea University Sweden

PhD position in Medical Science with an orientation towards cell biology – Umeå University, Sweden, 2022


The Department of Integrative Medical Biology welcome applications for a PhD-student position at our laboratory of experimental ophthalmology and musculoskeletal research at Umeå University, Sweden, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Integrative Medical Biology

Umeå University (UMU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

The applicant is required to have completed a university level degree of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at Master program level.

Specific admission requirements

In order to be admitted to postgraduate studies, it is required that the applicant has:

  1. Necessary knowledge from university higher education or corresponding education and/or special professional experience that is assessed in relation to the research area.
  2. Good skills in both spoken and written English are a requirement for the position. Evaluation of these skills is made by having the intended PhD student present his/her research plan in English for the Department’s designated postgraduate education group.

Additional merits

It is seen as a merit if the applicant, through university studies or other equivalent education, has gained basic theoretical knowledge in biomedicine and has good experience of laboratory work and method development. Practical experience of cell culturing and experience of different biochemical methods of analysis is considered a very strong merit.

The applicant should be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and high focus will be given to the candidate’s potential collaborative skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The project is about healing of connective tissue with a focus on the cornea of the eye. Scar-formation in the cornea can occur as a result of trauma, infection or certain hereditary diseases, and can lead to severe impairment of vision or even blindness. This PhD-project aims at better understanding the mechanisms underlying scar-formation, through experimental studies in different model systems of production, turnover, and organization of the collagen of the cornea, and of the importance of the collagen-producing cells (keratocytes) in scar-forming processes. Special focus is given to the role of the keratocytes as autocrine regulators of collagen metabolism.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: AN 2.2.1-928-22

Application Procedure

The application must be written in English or Swedish, documents must be in Word or pdf format. Applications must be submitted electronically using the e-recruitment system of Umeå University Varbi and be received no later than 2022-06-17. A complete application should contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter including a description of your research interests, your reasons to apply for the position, and your contact information
  • A curriculum vitae Certified copies of degree certificates and other completed academic courses
  • Contact information for two reference persons

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

You who are admitted to doctoral studies will be enrolled in the faculty-wide doctoral education programme at the Faculty of Medicine. The doctoral programme comprises 25 credits and is offered in two study variants: 25 credits spread over 8 terms (a total of 4 years) or over 12 terms (a total of 6 years), starting each autumn and spring semester. More information about the programme can be found on the faculty’s web page for doctoral studies (

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Contact details

Ludvig Backman

[email protected]

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