Postdoctoral Researcher in Cardiovascular Research

Lund University Faculty of Medicine


Postdoctoral Researcher in Cardiovascular Research

Lund University, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace

The Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC; opens a position for a bioinformatician to be employed as a postdoctoral researcher.

LUDC is one of the largest diabetes research centers in the world with approximately 300 investigators and staff members working towards improved diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diabetes. The Centre combines expertise in genetics, epidemiology, statistics, bioinformatics, molecular and cellular biology, physiology and clinical diabetes and endocrinology to achieve these goals.

LUDC has large unique biobanks and databases with genome-wide data linked to national registries providing information on disease etiology, progression as well as outcome and treatment. The Centre has in-house platforms for most molecular genetic methods and metabolomics. Omics-information combined with extensive phenotyping allows a systems medicine approach to dissect the complexity of diabetes.

We aim to create a good work environment based on respect and consideration in our relation to each other. We strive to create an environment that promotes development and is stimulating to all employees.

Research area

A central theme of the Centre is to develop precision medicine to improve health and the quality of life of diabetic patients. The post-doc position is assigned to the research group Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease led by Professor Olle Melander and is placed at the Clinical Research Center (CRC) in Malmö.

Job assignments

Applicants are invited to apply for a position as post-doc at LUDC. The employment is a fixed-term employment for two years (100 %) with the possibility of an extension for one more year (all in all, 3 years).

An ideal applicant will be instrumental for the continued expansion of advanced biostatistics concerning oral and intestinal flora, oral health and its significance for cardiometabolic diseases within the framework of Professor Olle Melander’s research group Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease in collaboration with Daniel Jönsson who is Associate Professor in Periodontology.

The project will mainly focus on investigating the links between oral health, oral flora, intestinal flora, genetics and the risk of future cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in population-based studies.

We expect the successful applicant to be an experienced biostatistician who can analyze large microbiome datasets with complex statistical designs, can summarize and present the results in a report including publication-ready tables and figures, as well as contribute to article writing.

Great importance will be given to personal qualities. In the role of postdoc with us, you need to be driven, flexible and proactive, both good at collaborating and able to work independently.


  • PhD in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, or related field, with a proven record of accomplishment in applying quantitative methods to data analysis tasks as well as programming experience.
  • Experience in analyzing large microbiome data sets at species (e.g. meta-genomic species counts and abundances) and gene level (e.g. expression of functions in terms of KEGG orthologs), and experience in performing exploratory, hypothesis testing and hypothesis-generating analyses.
  • Proficiency in R.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team, including dentists, medical doctors, nutritionists, laboratory scientists, bioinformaticians, and data analysts.
  • Documented oral and written proficiency in English.

We will pay close attention to personal attributes, favoring individuals that are motivated, take initiative, are flexible, detail-oriented, and can work independently in a well-documented way.

The following are considered a merit

  • Education in medicine, and in particular odontology.
  • Experience using reproducible research tools (e.g. RMarkdown, Git, Conda).
  • Knowledge and experience in other programming languages (e.g. Python).
  • Experience of working in an international environment.


Appointment to the position of postdoc 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 application deadline. Under special circumstances, the PhD can have been completed before the aforementioned three years.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time employment limited to 2 years (with the possibility of a 12 months extension) with preliminary start date 2022-10-01 or according to agreement. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral researcher”) between SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated November 19, 2021.


Complete application must include: 

  • Cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications sought
  • CV (if available, include a link to your code repository e.g. GitHub, Bitbucket)
  • List of publications
  • Contact information of 3 references. 
  • Degree certificate (including grade transcript)
  • Other documents that you would like us to considered (e.g. letters of recommendation).

The Faculty of Medicine is a part of Lund University, and is responsible for education and research within medicine and healthcare. Our academic programs are closely linked with the healthcare system and are firmly anchored in the faculty’s strong research tradition. Our research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research and health sciences research. The Faculty of Medicine, with its 1,800 employees and 2,700 students in Lund and Malmö, is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, teachers and researchers from all over the world.

The Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö is one of the six departments at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. We have a strong focus on clinical and epidemiological research and also conduct an extensive preclinical laboratory research.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Part-time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/2936
Olle Melander, professor, +4640391209
Sara Tvermoes, personalsamordnare, +4640391054
Published 06.Sep.2022
Last application date 06.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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