Postdoc in Robotics and Automated Microscopy Imaging

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Application deadline

August 10, 2023

Postdoc in Robotics and Automated Microscopy Imaging

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

Job description

The Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The combination of the highly interdisciplinary expertise and research projects at the department is unique in Sweden and also at an international level. This expertise ranges across cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics and theory. Recently, the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program started the Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) program in order to accelerate life science research through innovations in AI and data science.

The AICell Lab ( in the department of Applied Physics at KTH and SciLifeLab is a new research group funded by the DDLS 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 seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop AI-powered automated microscopy imaging systems.

The aim of the project is to build a smart microscopy imaging farm for massive production of image data. It consists of multiple microscopes and fluidic systems, robotic arms, liquid handling robots and automatic incubators. The farm will be used for performing automated widefield/fluorescence imaging, long-term live cell imaging, tracking,  spatial-omics and multiplexing imaging. With the AI-powered control software, data are analyzed in real-time, augmented views are added on the fly. By generating feedback control signals to control the microscope, the software will automatically change field-of-views, illumination power and other experimental conditions in order to optimize the phototoxicity and capture rare events in live cells.

The candidate is expected to develop an integrated system with microscopes, fluidic control, robotic arms, as well as the control software. The project is a collaboration with our collaborator in the WASP program and built on top of our prior work (e.g. squid, ImJoy) from us or our collaborators at Stanford University.

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 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, curious and knowledgeable on robotic control
  • Strong background in electronics, optics, mechanical engineering, computer vision and AI
  • Proficient in programming languages such as Python and C/C++, Javascript, Bash
  • Prior experience in microscopy imaging, fluidics systems,  digital image analysis and software development is a plus
  • Prior experience in lab automation, robotics and instrument control, Ontological Inference system design, generative large language models is beneficial
  • Knowledge in collaborative abilities, and scientific communication 
  • Independence
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH’s webbpage.

To apply for the position

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

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.

Last application date: 10.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

Last updated: 2023-06-30

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