Assistant Professor in Data-Driven Precision Medicine and Diagnostics

Linköpings University

Application deadline

October 15, 2023

Assistant Professor in data-driven Precision Medicine and Diagnostics

Ref LiU-2023-01948

We have the power of over 40,000 students and co-workers. Students who provide hope for the future. Co-workers who contribute to Linköping University meeting the challenges of the day. Our fundamental values rest on credibility, trust and security. By having the courage to think freely and innovate, our actions together, large and small, contribute to a better world. We look forward to receiving your application!

Work assignments

The purpose of the employment is that the assistant professor is to be given the opportunity to develop independence as a researcher and to obtain both the research and teaching qualifications required for employment as associate professor.

Data-driven precision medicine and diagnostics covers data integration, analysis, visualization, and data interpretation for patient stratification, discovery of biomarkers for disease risks, diagnosis, drug response and monitoring of health. The precision medicine research is expected to make use of existing strong assets in Sweden and abroad, such as molecular data (e.g. omics), imaging, electronic health care records, longitudinal patient and population registries and biobanks.

The subject area concerns research in the general area of precision medicine and diagnostics, with a strong computational profile. This research subject area aims to lead to innovative development and/or application of novel data-driven methods relying on machine learning, artificial intelligence, or other computational techniques.

Information about some of our relevant strong areas can be found at 

As assistant professor in data-driven precision medicine and diagnostics, you teach at basic and advanced level in Swedish and/or English and may be involved in supervision of students in various courses at the Faculty of Medicine. The work may include course design and responsibility. Student-active forms of teaching are applied at the Faculty of Medicine.

The tasks include conducting independent research in the subject area at an internationally competitive level. The position will involve interactions with the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) in Linköping and with DDLS fellows in the subject area of the employment at other DDLS universities.

You are active in the research community, participate in the division’s activities such as seminars and workshops, participate in research projects, communicate results through academic publications and help attract external research funding.

You contribute actively to the university’s development work. The employment may also involve administrative assignments. We would also like you to participate in and show interest in management assignments.

Your work includes following developments both nationally and internationally in your subject area and societal developments in general of significance for your work.

You are flexible and can transfer between different types of educational and scientific contexts. You share knowledge and contribute to the professional development of the work group, collegial working methods and social community. Clearly, you are present and active, so that you can perform your tasks in the best way and thrive in the working community.


We are looking for candidates who have a doctoral degree or equivalent scientific competence. We are primarily looking for candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree in the past five years.

For this employment special emphasis is placed on academic expertise.

In terms of pedagogical expertise, the following will be assessed:

  • Of merit for the position is previously documented experience of teaching efforts at basic and advanced level.

In terms of academic expertise, the following will be assessed:

  • Requirements for the position
    • experience of research in the subject area, or research field with obvious relevance for research in the subject area.
  • Of merit for the position
    • experience of conducting postdoctoral research outside Sweden
    • whether the proposed research fits well into the activities conducted at Linköping University

The holder of the position is expected after 5 years to have sufficient merit in both teaching and research to be able to be promoted to lecturer.

DDLS Fellows program

Data-driven Life Science (DDLS) uses data, computational methods and artificial intelligence to study biological systems and processes at all levels, from molecular structures and cellular processes to human health and global ecosystems. The SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) aims to recruit and train the next-generation of data-driven life scientists and to create globally leading computational and data science capabilities in Sweden. The program is funded with a total of 3.1 billion SEK (about 290 MUSD) over 12 years from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg (KAW) Foundation.

The DDLS program will recruit 39 high-profile young group leaders and launch over 210 postdoctoral positions and establish a research school for 260 PhDs, including industry PhDs and postdocs. Fellows will be recruited to the 11 participating host universities/organizations, but brought together under a national DDLS program coordinated by SciLifeLab. The DDLS program has four strategic areas: cell and molecular biology, evolution and biodiversity, precision medicine and diagnostics, epidemiology and biology of infection. For more information, please see

During 2022-2023, the first round of 20 young group leaders joined us as DDLS Fellows, and now we are looking to recruit an additional group of 19 fellows. Each DDLS Fellow will receive a recruitment package of 17 MSEK (about 1.6 MUSD) for a 5-year period, covering their own salary and other resources, such as two PhD students and postdoc positions.

Your future workplace is determined based on your research profile with placement at one of the departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The employment

The length of employment for this position is 5 years. Starting date by agreement.

An assistant professor may be employed until further notice, for a minimum period of four years and a maximum period of six years, as determined by the institution of higher education before the employment begins. The employment may be renewed, by a maximum period of two years, if, as a consequence of sick absence, parental leave, or other special circumstances of the assistant professor, additional time is necessary in order to achieve the purpose of the employment.

An assistant professor shall, after application, be promoted to associate professor if he/she is qualified for employment as associate professor and has been assessed following a test to be suitable for such employment according to the grounds for assessment that the University has determined. As an additional basis for the assessment, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Demonstration of independent research that has resulted in high-quality publications with senior authorship.
  • During employment, demonstrated ability to competitively obtain external research funding from excellent financiers.
  • Supervision of PhD-students as main or co-supervisor.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Swedish to be able to actively participate in teaching in Swedish.

For more information on eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and recruitment procedures for teachers, see Linköping University’s rules of appointment.

Salary and employment benefits

The university applies individual salary scales based on the experience of the employee and the labour market.

More information about employee benefits is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure

Your application must be received no later than 15 October, 2023. 
Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered. 
Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application. 

Please note that printed publications will not be returned. They will be archived at Linköping University. 
In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent. 

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives – diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody’s equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application!
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