MSCA-Doctoral student in Medical Science - Biomaterials-Microbiology

Updated: about 24 hours ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 31 Mar 2020

Project title: Material induced inhibition of biofilm formation

Job assignments

The PhD education in Medical Science comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see

Project: More than 50% of all healthcare-related infections are associated to implants and medical devices and their infection control is a societal challenge. Treatment with orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacements has improved quality of life for patients. Implant-related infection is a devastating complication and is commonly caused by biofilm-forming bacteria. The biofilm will protect bacteria from the host’s immune system and antibiotics, presenting a challenge for the treatment of implant-related infections. The best infection control approach is to develop novel preventive measures which specifically focus on the inhibition of both bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, for instance by modifying the implant material.

The overall purpose of this research project is to create a deeper understanding of the role of different material properties on the in vitro biofilm formation of clinical bacterial strains and characterise the mechanisms behind the material’s antimicrobial mode of action.

The present PhD study is part of a European consortium called BIOREMIA, an EU-financed Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network, consisting on 15 Early Stage Researchers who, in jointly interdisciplinary collaboration, will focus on the topic of “BIOfilm-REsistant Materials for hard tissue Implant Applications”. Using molecular biology and in vitro biofilm models, the PhD student will contribute to a better understanding of biofilm-associated infections and be able to translate the developed fundamental approaches into highly efficient anti-biofilm strategies, which will be useful for clinicians and industrial partners. The PhD student will evaluate the antibacterial and antifouling efficiency of materials/surfaces. The PhD student will adapt and further develop the established in vitro models and analytical techniques to evaluate and quantify biofilm formation on the developed materials/surfaces. 

Information about the network is found at:  /

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration (departmental duties). Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Medical Science if he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.


After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Fixed-term employment, 4 years. Extent: 100%. Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Biomaterials. First day of employment: as agreed. MSCA employment in a Marie Sklodowska Curie Program with MSCA financing (BIOREMIA - BIOfilm-REsistant Materials for hard tissue Implant Applications. 

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Additional information

In order to be approved for MSCA financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Moreover the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact:

Principal supervisor, Margarita Trobos, Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Sciences,
phone: +46-31-7862963, e-mail: [email protected] 

Assistant supervisor, Anders Palmquist, Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Sciences, e-mail: [email protected]


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How to apply

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You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

  • If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

Closing date: 2020-03-31

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