Uppsala University, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University (www.igp.uu.se) has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases. A fundamental idea at the department is to stimulate translational research and thereby closer interactions between medical research and health care. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, pathology, neuro-oncology, vascular biology, radiation science and molecular tools. Department activities are also integrated with the units for Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pathology, and Hospital Physics at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala. The department has teaching assignments in several education programmes, including Master Programmes, at the Faculty of Medicine, and in a number of educations at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 420 million, out of which more than half is made up of external funding. The staff amounts to approximately 345 employees, out of which 100 are PhD-students, and there are in total more than 700 affiliated people.

Project description: A PhD student position is available for a highly motivated individual with interests in tumor immunology and vascular biology to join the laboratories of Magnus Essand and Anna Dimberg at Uppsala University, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. Research in the labs focus on development of novel cancer immunotherapies and translate these therapies into clinical trials. The focus of the PhD project will be on developing a conceptually new form of immunotherapy for brain tumors. Further information on the activity of the research groups can be accessed at

The successful candidate will devote most of the time towards his/her research level education. Other service activities within the department, e.g. education and administrative work can be included within the framework of the employment (maximum 20%). The position will be extended with the time devoted to teaching to allow four years of full-time graduate studies.

Qualifications: The applicant should have MSc degree in a relevant area (e.g. Biomedicine or Molecular Medicine). Strong merits would be documented practical experience in tumor immunology and vascular biology research including virus/vector production, isolation and culture of primary immune cells and vascular cells, and a FELASA C certificate. Very strong merit would mean experience with viral therapy for cancer, advanced flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Previous work with brain cancer models is also regarded as a very strong merit. Excellent skills in oral and written English are required

Application procedure: The application should include a short description of the applicant and his/her research experience, a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, name and contact details of two references and. Letters(s) of recommendation may be included. If the applicant has published scientific papers, they can also be included.

Information about education at the postgraduate level, admission requirements and admission decisions can be found at https://mp.uu.se/web/info/forska/forskarutbildning/medicin-och-farmaci/

Selection of applicants will be done by the future tutor for the selected student in consultation with the postgraduate study group of the Department. The Postgraduate Programmes Committee at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine will formally approve the student's admission.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1.

Salary: Setting the salary will be according to local guidelines at Uppsala University. For more information on salary please see: https://www.saco.fackorg.uu.se/verksamhet/doktorandfragor/doktorandstege/

Starting date: As agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Magnus Essand at magnus.essand@igp.uu.se. 

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2020-04-24, UFV-PA 2020/403.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/403
Union representative
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
Published 26.Mar.2020
Last application date 24.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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