PhD-student position in Medical Sciences

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 19 Feb 2022

The Department of Radiation Sciences is, in terms of research, a dynamic and internationally successful environment in diagnostic radiology, oncology, cognitive neuroscience, radiation physics and bio-medical engineering. The department belongs to the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University.

The Department of Radiation Sciences welcome applications for a Phd-student position. The position is for four years full-time, starting 2022-04-04 or by agreement.

You who are admitted to doctoral studies from July 1st 2021 will be enrolled in the faculty-wide doctoral education programme at the Faculty of Medicine. The doctoral programme 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 programme can be found on the faculty’s web page for doctoral studies ( ).

Project description and tasks

Most cases of brain tumors are sporadic, but studies have shown that genetic factors can increase a persons risk of developing a brain tumor. The aim of the present project is to investigate inherited genetic factors and how they relate to genetic, epigenetic, translational, transcriptional, and metabolic factors in the tumor. We are looking for a student that will handle and integrate large amounts of biological data, including data from whole genome sequencing and other omics-technologies, for the purpose of statistical analyses. The main goal of the research is to gain understanding of why a brain tumors develops. 

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

To be admitted for doctoral studies the applicant is required to hold a University degree of at least 240 credits (ECTS), of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or equivalent levels of education otherwise acquired in Sweden or abroad.

Specific admission requirements

In order to meet the requirement of specific competence to be admitted for doctoral studies in medical science in oncology with a research profile in genetic factors in brain tumor etiology the applicant should, through university studies or other equivalent education, have a master’s degree in biotechnology, or corresponding. 

Good knowledge in English, both written and spoken, is required. Assessment of these skills are evaluated by having the intended doctoral student to present the research plan in English for the department's doctoral education group.

The applicant must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and much focus will be given to the candidate’s potential collaborative skills.

Education within the field of bioinformatics, experience of R and/or Python programming, experience of human genetic sequence data (RNA and/or DNA), and experience of working in Unix environment, are not mandatory requirements but will be viewed favorably.

For examples of research from the group, please visit our website

Terms of employment

The position is intended to result in a doctoral degree and the main task of the PhD student is to pursue doctoral studies, which include participation in research and postgraduate courses as well as journal clubs, seminars.


The application should contain:

  • A cover letter with a brief description of your research interests and a motivation for why you apply
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copies of diplomas, grades and certificates
  • Copies of thesis work If applicable, publication list
  • Contact information for two reference persons

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be completed using our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 2022-02-19.


PhD student local salary agreement.

Other information

For additional information about the position, please contact Anna Dahlin, or Beatrice Melin,

More about us

For more information about the Department of Radiation Sciences, please visit our website

We look forward to receiving your application!

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