Chief Technology Officer – CTO

Uppsala University

Application deadline

August 25, 2023

Chief Technology Officer – CTO

Uppsala University, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases. A fundamental idea at the department is to stimulate translational research and thereby closer interactions between medical research and health care. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: cancer precision medicine, cancer immunotherapy, genomics and neurobiology, molecular tools and functional genomics, neuro-oncology and neurodegeneration and vascular biology. Department activities are also integrated with the units for Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pathology, and Hospital Physics at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala. The department has teaching assignments in several education programmes, including Master Programmes, at the Faculty of Medicine, and at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 500 million, out of which more than half is made up of external funding. The staff amounts to approximately 345 employees, out of which 100 are PhD-students, and there are in total more than 700 affiliated people. Feel free to read more about the department’s activities here:

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University

SciLifeLab ( is a hub for life science research in Sweden and a collaboration between Swedish universities. Everyone at SciLifeLab is employed at one of the partner universities. Since 2013, SciLifeLab is assigned by the Swedish government to operate national infrastructure, to provide cutting-edge life science technologies and -expertise to Swedish researchers, and to be a top international centre for research in health- and environment sciences. SciLifeLab is also hosting a national pandemic laboratory preparedness program and a new large research program for Data-Driven Life Sciences (DDLS), with eleven partner organisations.
The successful candidate will be working at the SciLifeLab Data Centre, a central unit within SciLifeLab with responsibility for IT- and data management issues, serving the SciLifeLab and the Data Driven Life Science (DDLS) research program.  We have a national assignment and operate a range of services for life science data and e-infrastructure.  We also work with issues about FAIR data and open science, and in close collaboration with major national and international partners. Working at the Data Centre, you will be at the core of Sweden’s top infrastructure for life sciences and have the opportunity to actively shape how state-of-the-art IT and data science are integrated in Swedish life science research, and help to maximize the scientific impact of the large amount of research data generated at SciLifeLab. You will work in a team with researchers, data engineers, data stewards and system developers in a rapidly growing, dynamic and progressive team with a leading role in Swedish data-driven life science. 

Job description
SciLifeLab Data Centre is seeking a technical specialist for a broad role with great responsibility to the “IT systems and infrastructure” group. The role involves ownership of the group’s current IT systems and for strategic IT projects. The technical leader will work closely with the IT manager and have a large influence on the organization’s development. The work may include tasks such as strategic planning, system administration, further development of existing systems and IT architecture. In this role, you will coordinate and lead the group’s technology specialists, and are expected to suggest new technical solutions with relevance to the development of Data Centre operations, broadly. Many tasks require close collaboration with other technical specialists both inside and outside the Data Centre.

Applicants must have a university degree in a subject related to the position. In addition to this, at least five years of work experience in a relevant role is required.
– Documented experience in at least one of the following: IT architecture, System ownership, IT-Ops or System management.
– Documented experience of working in Linux-based environments
– Documented experience as a developer and of relevant programming languages, e.g. Python
– Interest in staying up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies

– Experience in data protection and information security work
– Interest and knowledge of Open Source
– Experience release management
– Experience with technologies for e.g. data storage, web technologies, metadata management, calculation and visualization
– Experience with documentation and version management systems with Git
– Experience with virtualization and/or container-based systems and technologies, preferably Kubernetes and Docker.
Personal suitability will strongly affect the recruitment for this position.

About the employment
The employment is a permanent position, probationary period may be applied. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Johan Rung, or Jonas Svensson,

Please submit your application by 25 August 2023, UFV-PA 2023/2582.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? Find out more about what it´s like to work and live in Sweden. 

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Last updated: 2023-06-28

Content Responsible: victor kuismin(