Postdoctoral research fellow in orthopedics (PA2021/52)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Feb 2021

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.

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.

The research group

The Clinical and Molecular Osteoporosis Research group conducts research with a focus on the identification of risk factors contributing to osteoporosis and fragility fractures. The research studies range from clinical and patient related to experimental. The group, headed by professor Kristina Åkesson is located in the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) Malmö and the department of orthopedics, Malmö.

Within the research group, we value a good working environment with respect and consideration in our relationships and strive for a workplace that is conducive and stimulating for all co-workers. We work constantly to create conditions for job satisfaction, development and inclusion for all employees. We value both the physical and psychosocial work environment.

We are looking for a driven postdoctoral fellow. The employment is full time with the desired start date 2020-02-11 or by agreement. 

Position and work duties

The research project will explore the relationship between risk factors (biomarkers, genetic markers and lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity) and osteoporosis in large population based cohorts. The project will primarily involve working with large datasets to investigate clinical and genetic risk factors for musculoskeletal phenotypes (fat, muscle, bone, fracture). The work will include planning and conducting advanced statistical epidemiological analyses, data interpretation and authoring scientific manuscripts. Other administrative tasks within the research group may also be required.



  • A PhD (within the last 3 years) in epidemiology, preferably in the field of bone health.
  • A strong background in clinical and molecular epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • A strong publication record with at least three articles as first author.
  • Familiarity in a related subject such as nutrition or sports science.

There will be a large emphasis towards personal characteristics. The applicant is expected to contribute to, and work productively as part of a team. Similarly, the ability to show initiative, work independently and develop collaborations would be advantageous.

Additional requirements:

  • Experience of advanced statistical methods including Mendelian Randomization and Causal Inference Mediation is particularly meritorious, as is experience of STATA and R statistical packages.
  • Demonstrable communication skills, for example teaching experience.
  • Proficient in both written and spoken English.

Terms of employment

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 tidsbegränsad anställning 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.

Application instructions
The application must contain a personal letter describing how you fulfill the desired qualifications, a CV and a PhD diploma, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

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