Project leader

Uppsala University

Application deadline

July 11, 2022

Project leader

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: medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, pathology, neuro biology, neuro-oncology, vascular biology, radiation science and molecular tools. 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:

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 COVID-19 research program and a new large research programme for Data-Driven Life Sciences, with eleven partner organisations.

The successful candidate will be working with the SciLifeLab Data Centre (DC), 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, for example, operate the Swedish national Covid-19 research data portal. We also work with issues about FAIR data and open science, and in close collaboration with major national and international e-infrastructures. 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. Our major task now is to build a national framework for life science data – the DDLS data platform.

Job description
SciLifeLab Data Centre is looking for a motivated and knowledgeable Project leader for the work regarding software development within the group. In this key role you will lead a number of projects within Data Centre where IT and data management services for the life science field are developed. This includes both taking part in development of systems and leading the work to build the different components the group is responsible for. You will be working with system developers with different backgrounds, both from IT but also from research and with technical expertise from software development. The work is done in collaboration with SciLifeLab’s technology platforms, and will include both new development, existing software components and commercial systems. Design and testing of systems together with users and engineers will also be part of the work. You will work in a team of researchers, engineers, data stewards and system developers, in the middle of SciLifeLab’s national research infrastructure and with the research program for Data-Driven Life Science, DDLS. The work will include collaborations between SciLifeLab and national e-infrastructures, and include personnel employed at different organisations. You need to have a strong scientific background, high technical competence within software and systems development, as well as good skills for collaboration and communication.

This job requires a university degree in a relevant area. In addition is required:
– Documented experience from scrum and agile project management for software development projects
– Documented experience in coordination and communication, as well as documentation of ongoing work
– Documented experience in scientific programming, preferably in life science
– Documented experience of development of systems with a large user base
– Documented experience of version control systems, e.g. Git
– Documented experience from working in Linux based environments
– Experience of relevant programming languages, eg Python
– Fluent in English

– Experience of GPU-based computing environments
– Knowledge of hardware architecture
– Documented experience of virtualization and / or container-based systems
– Experience with Kubernetes or other orchestration systems
– Knowledge or interest in biomedical research and infrastructure.
– Ability to work both individually and in cooperation with personnel in widely different fields.
– Drive and initiative to support and develop data driven life science in Sweden.

Personal suitability will strongly affect the recruitment for this position.

Last updated: 2022-06-16

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