Postdoc in Pure and Applied Biochemistry at Lund University

A new opening postdoctoral fellowship position in molecular biology is available at Lund University, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 2 years. Applications are invited up to November 30, 2018.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Post-doctoral position in oat molecular biology with focus on arabinoxylans

ScanOats is a newly established industrial research center in collaboration between the academy and the industry. We conduct basic and applied research on oats and oat-based products. Oat is an important crop both for the Swedish agriculture and for the food chain. ScanOats is unique in the sense that we cover the entire chain from basic research, genome sequencing, cultivar development, field testing, mild processing and fractionation, and clinical health trials.


The project will focus on arabinoxylan fibres in oat. Various assays to quantify arabinoxylan will be developed, our available oat genome sequence will be analyses for arabinoxylan biosynthesis and other related genes and our mutagenized oat population will be screened for lines with modified arabinoxylan levels in the grain. Specific mutations in lines with modified arabinoxylan levels will be genetically mapped, mutaed lines with especially high arabinoxylan levels will be the whole genome sequenced and the molecular mechanisms behind arabinoxylan biosynthesis will be elucidated. High arabinoxylan oat varieties will be an applied result of this project.

The work will be conducted in collaboration with researchers within the other work packages of ScanOats, with CropTailor and with ScanOats industrial partners Lantmnnen, Oatly and Swedish Oat Fibre.

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours, as well as supervision of degree projects and doctoral students. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The candidate is expected to contribute to applying for further external research grants.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement "Avtal om tidsbegrnsad anstllning som postdoktor" ("Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow") between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH's Academic qualifications portfolio - see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


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