Lund University (LU)

Postdoc scholarship in Population Genomics / Hematology

Lund University, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Lund, Sweden

We are searching for a highly motivated postdoc interested in how genetic variation influences blood cell formation and blood cancer risk in humans.

The Nilsson lab at Lund University is currently undertaking a major effort aimed at identifying DNA sequence variants that influence blood cell development and blood cancer risk at unprecedented scale and resolution (European Research Council grant no. 770992; “BloodVariome”). The effort is unique in that it covers both mature cells and stem- and progenitor cells, and does this in both adults and newborns.

We have now identified several variants and genes that have previously not been linked to blood cell formation or blood cancer. The next challenge is to understand their function. What are their DNA-proximal effects? What are their roles in hematopoiesis? How can they be utilized clinically? Several intriguing questions await exploration.

The scholarship should be used for 2 years of postdoctoral studies. The successful candidate will be able to work with a range cutting-edge approaches, including advanced CRISPR, next-generation sequencing, and cell and molecular biology methods.

Lund University hosts one of the leading hematology and immunology research environments in Europe, involving some 250 researchers and students at the Biomedical Center (BMC).

The Nilsson lab combines advanced genomics and computational methods to understand blood disorders and blood cell formation. The lab comprises ~15 members with complementary expertise (clinical, computational and experimental). Our activities are markedly cross-disciplinary. We are funded by excellence grants from the European Research Council, Swedish Research Council, Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Our projects typically involve international collaborations, including with the Broad Institute (Cambridge, MA) and deCODE Genetics (Reykjavik).

Major discoveries from the lab include SMIM1 as the long-sought gene for the Vel blood group system (Storry et al., Nature Genetics 2013), ELL2 as a risk locus for multiple myeloma and regulator of immunoglobulin levels (Swaminathan et al., Nature Communications 2015), numerous additional multiple myeloma risk loci (Mitchell et al. and Went et al., Nature Communications 2016 and 2018), and 32 loci influencing immunoglobulin levels (Jónsson et al., Nature Genetics 2017). Additional major stories are on the way out.


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. degree within a relevant field and solid experience in cell- and molecular biology and/or functional genomics. We particularly welcome applicants with experience in hematopoietic stem cell biology and/or functional characterization of DNA sequence variants. The successful candidate needs to show personal suitability, including excellent communicative and collaboration skills.

To be eligible for a post doc scholarship at Lund University, the applicant must not have been employed by Lund University within the last two years in order to be eligible for a scholarship. The Ph.D. degree must not be more than three years old at the last day of applying.

Placement: Department of Hematology and Transfusion medicine
Ref No: V 2019/1219
Duration: 24 months
Starting time: 2019-10-01 or per agreement.
Last day for applying: 2019-09-30

For further information regarding the position, please contact Björn Nilsson at

The written application should state the reference number V 2019/1219 and include a CV, a personal letter stating the reasons why the project suits the applicant, list of publications, proof of dissertation, and other relevant documents and contact information to three references. The application should be addressed to


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Postdoc scholarship in Population Genomics / Hematology