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Linköping University - with the courage to think freely and innovate.

That is our vision. By thinking freely and innovating, we take on the challenges of the day. Resolute on our path, we know that together our actions, large and small, contribute to a better world. Meet some of us who work here and contribute to our vision in different ways.

Employees in numbers

4 500

We are 4 500 employees at LiU.


We are 52 percent women working here and 48 percent men.


The average age is 45 years.

1 777

1 681 teachers and teaching assistants work here. 


644 PhD students work here.

1 553

1 553 employees work with administrative support.

Who we are, what we do, and a little bit of what makes us proud

Researcher Antonios Pantazis sits in his office and shows his 3D model of ion channels in different colors.

Antonios Pantazis channels his passion for ion channels

Antonios Pantazis has recently been awarded the prestigious Swedish Fernström Prize for his work on ion channels. His lab aims to unravel the molecular mechanisms of ion channels and their role in various diseases, such as epilepsy and arrhythmias.

Two women in the laboratory.

New lab, but still the same

Following a fire, the lab at TEMAM has been under restoration since 2020. Now that it is finished, most of it looks the same as before, as nobody could think of any changes they would like to make to the premises.

Leif Nixon is sitting in Lysator's room with a person with dark hair and a red cap.

Nixon - with the right to break in

He has worked all over the world, finding weaknesses in supposedly foolproof computer systems. He has found hackers that were then brought to justice. This year’s Alumnus of the Year, is ready to crack down on cyber attacks and computer intrusion.

Create the future with us

Meet Bijar Ghafouri

Bijar Ghafouri researches what happens in the body in long-term pain. As a researcher, she wants to have challenges and dare to take risks sometimes. At LiU, she is encouraged to be courageous and think freely. LiU offers the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers who are happy to share their knowledge.

Listen to her tell us more about what is unique at LiU and what makes her thrive at work.

Also read: With pain as a driving force – from refugee to professor

Meet Björn-Ola Linnér

Björn-Ola Linnér intended to be a social studies teacher. Instead, he became a climate researcher. He had never imagined an academic career. Yet, he became a professor at the Department of Thematic studies - Environmental Change in Linköping and, as a researcher, plays an active role in the environmental debate.

Also read: Björn-Ola Linnér: I am a frustrated optimist

Meet three of our 323 professors

Claes Lundström is an adjunct professor of medical visualisation

Medical pictures are a central part of healthcare 

Diagnostics and choosing treatments are often based on visual examinations with X-ray or microscopy. These pictures are extremely information rich, which is a big asset, but it also means that they are time consuming and hard to interpret. Medical visualisation involves supporting doctors and healthcare staff to help them use big data to make decisions.


Anna Storm is professor of technology and social change

Post-industrial landscapes and how they change, both physically and in peoples’ consciousnesses

This might be shut-down factories which have been given a new purpose, or abandoned facilities which in their decline can express both powerlessness and a romantic ruins aesthetic. It might also be polluted and dangerous places – ones which highlight the unequal choices we face when choosing where we live.


Neil Lagali is professor of experimental ophthalmology

With advanced laser microscopy, he examines patients with eye problems to find changes on the cell level in the cornea

Eye diseases cause blindness in millions of people around the world. In order to have good vision, light must be able to enter the eye and pass unimpeded through the cornea, which is the outer window of the eye. Good optics and a clear window are central to our vision.


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