Postdoctoral fellowship in cancer computational biology (scholarship)

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline

November 9, 2020

Postdoctoral fellowship in cancer computational biology (scholarship)

We are an interdisciplinary research team at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) at Karolinska Institutet (KI) and SciLifeLab in Stockholm, Sweden (

Within a tumor, individual cancer cells adopt different phenotypes. These differences support tumors in progressing from local to invasive to metastatic and help them become resistant to therapy. We are interested in mapping the evolutionary constraints on the diversity of cancer cell phenotypes, and in exploring how these constraints can be exploited to treat heterogeneous tumors (Hausser&Alon, Nature Reviews Cancer 2020).

Your mission

Our lab combines a broad spectrum of skills, from experimental to data analysis to theoretical. You will bring in data analysis and theory skills. Your responsibilities will include:

  • analyzing large-scale multi-dimensional data, performing evolutionary simulations, building bioinformatics pipelines and developing quantitative theories of tumor architecture
  • collaborating with lab members
  • authoring manuscripts and presenting findings at conferences
  • punctually helping with lab organization
  • applying for funding to help support your research and prepare your next career step

Your profile

You bring:

  • a PhD degree with strong bioinformatics component
  • a strong quantitative background, for example in the form of a bachelor or masters in areas such as bioinformatics, physics, engineering, statistics, mathematics, …
  • experience with large-scale data analysis and multivariate statistics
  • proficiency in data analysis environments like R or Python, and in scripting (for example linux shell)

Expertise in the following fields are not absolute requirement but will be appreciated:

  • single-cell sequencing technologies
  • evolutionary theory, population genetics
  • cancer biology, immunology

In addition, your personal skills will be highly valued.

Entry requirements

The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent. 

A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years and can be established for foreign researchers who have obtained a PhD outside Sweden less than 4 years ago.

To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Type of scholarship

The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process

Please submit the following documents in Swedish or English through the Varbi recruitment system only (no direct applications to the supervisor):

  • A cover letter (1 page better, 2 pages max.) that includes answers to these questions: What research questions have you worked on so far? What methods have you used to answer these questions? What have you found? If you could choose any topic, what would you like to work on in the future?
  • A CV, including date of the thesis defense
  • A list of publications
  • 3 references (name, institution, email)

We offer

  • Exciting science in a lab uniquely positioned for you to grow as a computational biologist and advance research in an area of direct medical relevance.
  • A stimulating scientific environment and a leading research infrastructure. KI is among the world’s foremost medical universities and KI’s faculty awards the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine. SciLifeLab is the Swedish national center for large-scale molecular bioscience, with stimulating researchers and top units in-house.
  • High life quality. Stockholm consistently tops the rankings of cities with highest quality of life worldwide.
  • Wide career prospects beyond your postdoc. This postdoc could qualify you to continue doing research as an independent scientist, or to lead computational biology projects in academia or industry (medtech, biotech, pharma).

Location: Stockholm

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

First day of employmentAccording to agreement
Reference number2-4218/2020
ContactJean Hausser, Assistant professor,
Union representativeMagnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.seElisabeth Valenzuela, SEKO, 08-524 863 53
Last application date09.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

Last updated: 2020-10-15

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