Field of subject for the appointment: Biomedical sciences
Placement city: Kalmar
A four-year Ph.D. Research Fellowship is available at the Linnaeus University, Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry, Sweden. The subject of our research is to study complementsystem protein interactions in experimental neurodegenerative retinal diseases, were age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is in focus. The main goal is to advance the understanding of the mechanisms behind adverse complement reactions during the degenerative retinal process. The furture goal is to find new possible treatments for AMD.
This Ph.D. project focus on role of innate immunity in ocular diseases and therapy. The project will include the development of experimental AMD-models for investigations of the pathogenesis during the retinal neurodegenative process. The primary focus is investigation of complement system components and related proteins involved in the degenerative process with the ambition to prevent the progression of degeneration. Methodologies that will be relevant are animal-models, techniques for cell- and tissue culturing and analysis (immunocyto-and histochemistry, microscopy, flow cytometry etc.), biomarker analysis (ELISA, Luminex, western blot). The research will be performed at Linnaeus University, Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry, Kalmar, Sweden. The candidate will join a strong and interactive research environment.
According to the Higher Education Ordinance, a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. An appointee may, however, work to a limited extent with education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post.
Applicants fulfill the general entry requirements if they
- Have been awarded a degree on second-cycle level
- Have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level, or in another way, in Sweden or abroad, have acquired principally equivalent knowledge.
- A degree in biology or biomedicine, and knowledge in immunology is beneficial.
- Experience of cell culture techniques, animal experiments, and other relevant immunochemical/molecular and cellular techniques is advantageous.
- Importance will be attached to the compatibility of the applicant’s professional and personal disposition. We aim to find a candidate who is highly motivated for research studies, ambitious, collaborative, independent and structured.
- Importance will also be attached to the applicant’s proficiency in written and oral English.
Evaluation and selection criteria
The selection of candidates is made with regard to the applicants’ ability to successfully complete and benefit from their studies at the graduate level. More information about the evaluation and selection criteria can be found in the subject area’s general syllabus, see https://lnu.se/en/education/PhD-studies/.
EmploymentThe employment as a doctoral student is limited according to chapter 5, § 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent full-time postgraduate studies of four years.
Closing date for application is the 1st of December 2019. Mark your application with referencenumber 2019/746-2.2.1. To apply please follow the instructions below.
Head of department, Stina Carlsson, +46480447331
Professor Kristina Nilsson-Ekdahl +46722320726
Ph.D., non-tenured assistant professor, Camilla Mohlin +46480446913
Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.
Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.