Postdoc in Cell Biology and Computational Microscopy Imaging


Application deadline

February 22, 2023

Postdoc in Cell Biology and Computational Microscopy Imaging

School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Job description

The AICell Lab ( in the department of Applied Physics at KTH and Science for Life Laboratory is a new research group funded by the Data-driven Life Science Fellows program. The group, led by Wei Ouyang, focuses on building AI systems for data-driven cell and molecular biology. To expand the team, we are now opening a position for a postdoctoral researcher in cell biology and computational microscopy imaging. The aim is to develop wet lab protocols and analysis workflows for an AI-powered automated imaging system to actively detect, monitor and track the live human cells under drug and genetic perturbations.  The project is supported by the WASP DDLS collaboration, and in close collaboration with the Jaldén group at KTH and the Lundberg group under the Human Protein Atlas, which is a unique world-leading effort to map all the human proteins in cells, tissues, and organs in the human body.

You will be responsible for actively and effectively designing, implementing, and optimizing wet lab experiments for the self-driving microscope, including cell culture, sample preparation and microscopy imaging. Importantly, you will also actively work with other researchers in the group to develop and optimize protocols for the automated imaging system and AI models. Besides wet lab skills, you will get the opportunity to elaborate on your computational skills, e.g., by writing Python scripts to control the imaging farm, train AI models and develop automated data analysis workflows. In later stages of the project you will also design and conduct additional, custom validation experiments, which may involve different molecular biology techniques.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Collaboration opportunities with leading research institutions and universities in Europe and the US
  • Learning and thriving in a young and ambitious research group
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • The ability to express yourself in spoken and written English as it is required in daily work

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • You are passionate and knowledgeable on developing and applying machine learning models to life science applications
  • Proficient in programming languages such as Python, understanding cloud and web computing technologies is a plus
  • Training in cell and molecular biology
  • Wet lab experience in cell and molecular biology
  • Prior experience in bioimage analysis, genomics sequence analysis, protein folding and metabolic network analysis
  • Prior experience in cell modeling and simulation
  • Prior experience in fluorescence microscopy imaging
  • Prior experience in building deep learning models and tools, microscopy control, software design, web services and distributed computing systems
  • Knowledge in popular neural networks architectures, natural language processing models, generative models, AlphaFold
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience, knowledge and representative publications. Please also provide your Github/Gitlab/Bitbucket etc. handle if possible.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your career goal and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

Other information

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Last updated: 2023-02-16

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