Bioinformatician with expertise in Biology of Infections

Umeå University (Data Science Node)

Application deadline

March 15, 2023

Bioinformatician with expertise in Biology of Infections

Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine 

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37 000 students and about 4 700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. And the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is what it is all about. But also about delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. This is simply where the future is built.

Are you interested in learning more? Read about Umeå university as a workplace

The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects. 

As a national hub for molecular biosciences in Sweden, SciLifeLab develops and maintains unique research infrastructure, services and data resources for life science. The overall aim of SciLifeLab is to facilitate cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary life science research and promote its translation to the benefit of society. About 200 research groups, 1500 researchers and 40 national infrastructure units are associated with SciLifeLab, with two main centers located in Stockholm and Uppsala, but with national SciLifeLab units at all major Swedish universities.

The SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) is a 12-year initiative that focuses on data-driven research, within fields essential for improving people’s lives, detecting and treating diseases, protecting biodiversity and creating sustainability. The program will train and recruit the next generation of data-driven life scientists and create strong and globally competitive computational and data science capabilities in Swedish life science. The program aims to strengthen national collaborations between universities, bridge the research communities of life and data sciences, and create partnerships with industry, healthcare and other national and international actors.

The DDLS program is now establishing a national Data Science Node in “Epidemiology and Biology of Infections” at Umeå university with a national responsibility to develop national data services and advanced data analytics support t. The Data Science Node staff will be well integrated with the local research community, but also connected to the SciLifeLab National Infrastructures, in particular the Bioinformatics Infrastructure  (National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden, NBIS), with over 100 experts, providing advanced bioinformatics support, infrastructure and training to the Swedish life science research community and participating in international collaborations. We are now looking for outstanding candidates with competences in analysis of large-scale, high-throughput genomic data, and related molecular and clinical data analysis, to provide advanced bioinformatics support to selected data-driven Swedish research projects of scientific excellence. Your work will include data analysis and scientific deduction at an internationally competitive level, as well as being a driver of bioinformatics postgraduate training.

We are looking for a bioinformatician, desribed at the University as a senior research assistant, with experience of large-scale molecular research projects in immunology, pathogen-host interaction systems, or other relevant studies related to biology of infections. Technical competences of particular interest are single-cell and spatial omics data analysis, multi omics integration, and genomics and metagenomics of microorganisms.

Your future workplace

The Department of Molecular Biology ( currently has approximately 165 employees. The department’s main tasks are research and postgraduate education, undergraduate education and cooperation with the surrounding society, and the department belongs to both the technical and natural sciences and the medical faculty. The department’s research and education include several molecular biology areas within natural science and medicine such as microbiology, infection biology, cell biology, tumour biology and tissue biology as well as genetic model organisms (but not plants).

Description of work tasks

The main responsibilities are to:

  • Carry out advanced data analyses within nationally prioritized data-driven projects
  • Potentially develop tools and workflows for such analyses
  • Educate other scientists in bioinformatics through collaboration within supported projects, teaching at advanced national courses and consultations
  • Engage in the continuous development and improvement of the DDLS program, the Data Science Node, and the SciLifeLab Bioinformatics platform at a national level


We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a strong background and interest in Epidemiology and Biology of Infections. The successful candidate should have:

(i) a PhD or similar relevant working experience from advanced studies within bioinformatics or data science, in academia or industry

(ii) extensive (5+ years) of experience from performing advanced scientific analyses on large-scale data sets, and ability to perform large-scale molecular data analysis and scientific deduction at an internationally competitive level 

(iii) proficiency in terminal-based work in a Linux environment and advanced scripting in a relevant scripting language (e.g Python, Perl or R)

(iv) fluent oral and written communication skills in English, and 

(v) strong skills in cooperation and communication. 

Additional qualifications

Postdoctoral studies are a strong merit but not a requirement. Experience of advanced bioinformatics studies of the immune system, large-scale molecular studies of host-pathogen interactions, or large-scale microbial studies is of particular interest. Strong skills in experimental design as well as software development are also meriting. “Reproducible research” and “FAIR data” are central concepts to us, and expertise in the development of reproducible code by using code sharing platforms, workflow languages and container solutions is a strong merit.


You apply through our recruitment system Varbi at the latest March 15 2023. The application should include:

  • CV with publication list
  • A personal letter including a motivation for why you want to join this effort
  • Contact information to two references

We welcome your application!

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, permanent position, and a probationary period may be applied. Start date as per agreement.


Björn Nystedt, NBIS Support Manager, tel +46 18 471 44 13,

Matthew Francis, Prefect,

Umeå University strives to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.

We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Type of employment: Permanent position

Contract type: Full time

First day of employment: As agreed
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100%
City: Umeå
County: Västerbottens län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: AN 2.2.1-150-23
Contact: Björn Nystedt, and Matthew Francis,
Union representative: SACO, 090-7865365; SEKO, 090-7865296; ST, 090-7865431
Published: 15.Feb.2023
Last application date: 15.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

Last updated: 2023-02-17

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