Postdoctoral position in digital image processing

Uppsala University

Application deadline

November 16, 2021

Postdoctoral position in digital image processing

Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology

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 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The announced position is placed at the division of visual information and interaction at the department of information technology. The position is also part of SciLifeLab BioImage Informatics Facility (BIIF, and Wählby lab (Wählby Lab ( in close collaboration with the Nilsson Lab in Molecular Diagnostics ( and the in situ sequencing unit ( at SciLifeLab/Stockholm University. The department of information technology ( is a broad environment with a leading position within research as well as education at all levels. The division for visual information and interaction gathers a unique combination of expertise in computerized image processing and human computer interaction. SciLifeLab BIIF is administratively placed here, and offers education and research support within digital image processing and analysis for life science applications.

The main duty is to lead the development of robust data flows – from microscope to final analysis – by implementing and adjusting image analysis tools for quantitative analysis of microscopy data, primarily from in situ sequencing and other image based spatial omics techniques. Much focus is on large scale data analysis based on machine learning and deep learning/AI. The postdoc position will be placed approximately half time in the Nilsson lab, and half time in the Wählby lab, and includes teaching in the form of hands-on workshops in digital image processing and analysis with life science applications within SciLifeLab BIIF.

The position is for two years, and may include department duties (mainly teaching) at a level of at most 20%.

To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in digital image analysis/image processing or similar. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc. Documented experience of programming and development of digital image analysis methods is a requirement. A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are required.

Additional qualifications
Experience from developing deep learning methods with applications in microscopy is meriting. Especially meriting is proficiency in using and developing algorithms and analysis pipelines intended for identification and segmentation of cells and microorganisms in culture or in tissue sections, and quantification of biological parameters for these.

The application must contain
A cover letter briefly describing your motivation for applying for this position and project, and the earliest possible employment date (max 1 page).

  1. A curriculum vitae (CV).
  2. A list of publications.
  3. Up to five selected publications in electronic format.
  4. A research statement describing your past and current research (max 1 page) and a proposal for future activities (max 1 page).
  5. Contact information for two references.
  6. A copy of relevant grade documents (translated into Swedish or English).

The employment is a temporary position according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as soon as possible or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Prof. Carolina Wählby ( of Prof. Mats Nilsson (

Please submit your application by 16 November 2021, UFV-PA 2021/4058.

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Last updated: 2021-11-04

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