Assistant Professor in Data-driven cell and molecular biology


Application deadline

October 15, 2023

The Data Science and AI division of The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is host for a well-funded tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Data Driven Cell and Molecular Biology, in a vibrant, international, and outward-looking work environment located in the lively city of Gothenburg on the west-coast of Sweden. The position is funded by the fellowship scheme of the Wallenberg National Program for Data Driven Life Science (DDLS).

About the 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. 

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. The Fellow positions are tenure-track with the host organizations assuming responsibility of the long-term faculty appointments following a tenure evaluation.

The future of life science is data-driven. Will you be leading that change with us? Then join us in this unique program!

About the Scentific Area of the position 
Data driven cell and molecular biology covers research that fundamentally transforms our knowledge about how cells function by peering into their molecular components in time and space, from single molecules to native tissue environments. The subject area concerns research in the general area of cell and molecular biology, 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

About the Department
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is a joint department at both Chalmers University of Technology and The University of Gothenburg, with a. Around 90 faculty members and 120 PhD students, hailing from around 40 different countries

Major responsibilities
The successful candidate will conduct research in line with the intentions described in your application. We want you to complement rather than duplicate our existing competences, and that you have an ambition to create synergies between our existing research groups.

As an Assistant Professor, you will contribute with:

– Active engagement in research, developing a distinct line of research through independent research projects.
– Active participation in education.
– Supervising undergraduate and graduate students.
– Applying for external research funding.
– Participating in joint departmental and university-wide activities.
– Seeking international collaborations on a high scientific level.
– Collaborating with research groups within and outside of Chalmers.

To qualify for the position, you have a doctoral degree in a relevant field not older than 7 years prior to the application deadline. Exceptions can be made for longer periods resulting from parental leave, sick leave or military service*.

For a full decription of the qualification requirements for an Assistant professor position at Chalmers, please consult our Appointment regulations, Chapter 6.4.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

* The date shown in your doctoral degree certificate is the date we use, as this is the date you have met all requirements for the doctoral degree. 

Our offer to you
The appointment as Assistant Professor is a four-year, entry-level, faculty position with tenure track, whereby you will acquire both pedagogical and research qualifications. An Assistant Professor is expected to improve their ability to formulate and solve scientific problems, to publish scientific articles, and to develop their skills in teaching and supervision, by means of both practical training and independent study. The aim is to achieve the level of Associate Professor within four years and, if successful, you will be offered a permanent faculty position at Chalmers. More information about the Chalmers academic positions can be found here.

Note that the DDLS research funding for the position is available for up to five years, independently of when the candidate is promoted to Associate Professor.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the attractive and dynamic city of Gothenburg , on the west coast of Sweden.

At Chalmers we seek to establish a good work/life balance. We want to provide you with the means to pick the best path possible in your pursuit of making a difference. Our ambitions in this area are reflected in the generous employment conditions, including:

● holiday allowance of up to 7 weeks per year
● a collective agreement including parental pay, sick pay supplement, and medicine costs
● a wellness allowance towards activities promoting good health
● flexible working conditions

Sweden’s extensive social welfare system means, for example, that you are entitled to 390 days of paid parental leave, and education at all levels is free. Chalmers offers courses in the Swedish language. Although most of our work is in English, and English is widely spoken throughout Swedish society, developing a good knowledge of Swedish is an advantage in everyday life and in the workplace, and we offer to help you unlock this dimension of life in Sweden.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our diversity. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230300 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

Please follow the instructions for compiling an application for a research and teaching position at Chalmers.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
One page where you:

– Introduce yourself
– Describe your motivation for applying to this position and what attracts you about Chalmers
– Describe how you support your colleagues and bring about a good working environment
– Include names and full contact information of two references that we can contact

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

– Your CV (please see the CV guidelines).
– Include a list of publications.

Research and teaching statement: (Please name the document as: Research statement, Family name, Ref. number)One to three pages where you:

– Describe your previous research and teaching experience and focus
– State your future research and teaching goals and focus
– Describe how you complement our existing competences and how you could create synergies between our existing research groups

Required documents:

– Certificate or Diploma verifying your doctoral degree
– Verification of leave, if relevant
– Documents verifying awards and recognitions stated in your CV, leadership or teaching activities, etc, and other documents relevant to support your application
– Copies of a maximum of five relevant publications that cannot be accessed via your ORCID, Scopus ID or ResearcherID, if relevant.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 2023-10-15

For questions, please contact:
Ann-Sofie Cans, Director of Health Engineering Area of Advance

Kolbjörn Tunström, Head of Division, Data Science and AI

David Sands, Deputy Head Of Department at Computer Science and Engineering

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

Last updated: 2023-07-17

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