Doctoral student (PhD) in medical science with a focus on virology

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Do you want to contribute to medical research of the highest quality?

Being a doctoral student means engaging in a research project under the supervision of experienced researchers and according to an individual study plan. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time postgraduate education is required.
We are looking for a doctoral student at the Department of Clinical Microbiology.

You will be part of a multidisciplinary collaboration, which consists of specialists in virology, microbiology, entomology, medicine. We offer an international, stimulating and translational research environment that promotes your scientific career development. The employment is limited to four years, starting by agreement. If teaching occurs during the doctoral student period, the position can be extended by the corresponding period.

The doctoral student project

The overall aim of the project is to gain an in depth understanding of the mechanisms of virus infection in mosquitoes. The project is encompassing e.g. determination of the vector competence of mosquitos for different viruses, cellular tropism, gene expression, and immune responses at both cellular and molecular level. Co-infection in the mosquito with other microorganisms will also be studied. The study will employ advanced, virological and molecular techniques, e.g. single cell sequencing. Results from this study can be applicable in prevention and control strategies for vector-borne diseases.

You who are admitted to doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine will be enrolled in the faculty-wide doctoral education program. The program comprises 25 credits and is offered in two study variants: 25 credits spread over 8 terms (a total of 4 years) or over 12 terms (a total of 6 years), starting each autumn and spring semester. More information about the program can be found on the faculty’s web page for doctoral studies(


The doctoral position gives you the opportunity to develop into an independent researcher who independently plans and performs experiments, interprets results and puts them in a scientific context.

  • You will be able to present and discuss your research with other researchers within and outside the group.
  • You are actively involved in compiling and publishing research results.
  • You will be able to supervise Swedish and foreign students at bachelor’s / master's level, and have the opportunity to participate in the department's other teaching.
  • You will supplement your doctoral education with compulsory and optional courses, active participation in seminar series and literature discussion meetings.
  • You also act in accordance with the university's policy for equal opportunities and data protection.

Eligibility and qualifications

Basic eligibility has those who have completed a degree at the advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits (ECTS), of which at least 60 credits at the advanced level, or in some other way within or outside the country have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

An educational background in biomedicine is meritorious. The applicant must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English, be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others and be highly motivated. The applicant should be willing to take on scientific and methodological challenges. Previous practical experience of virology, mosquito rearing, virus infection in mosquitoes, and vector competence is an advantage.


The application must contain:

  • Personal letter describing qualification and your motivation
  • CV
  • Certified copies of diplomas, certificates and grades
  • A list of publications and a copy of the master thesis
  • Contact information of two reference persons
  • Send application electronically via Varbi.

    The documents should be compiled in one file in word or pdf-forma

    Last day of application 2022-10-13.

    The position will start by agreement.
    Salary placement takes place according to an established salary ladder for doctoral employment according to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, Section 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed.

    For questions, please contact Oliva Wesula Lwande. Email:

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