Two specialist positions as researchers in Bioinformatics or Data Science

Chalmers University of Technology (Data Science Node)

Application deadline

January 15, 2023

Two specialist positions as researchers in Bioinformatics or Data Science

Join us at SciLifeLab/NBIS/Chalmers to contribute and develop your competences in computational life sciences. You will enjoy an inspiring environment within a national research infrastructure, with challenging projects and exceptional colleagues.Information about the department
The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering was started on 1 January 2015. The department conducts research, education and utilisation in biotechnology with the aim of promoting lifelong health and contributing to a sustainable bio-based society. The department has in a short time established a research culture defined by extensive publishing, citation rates and external grants, as well as successful utilisation, for example through start-ups.

The department consists of four divisions where outstanding research in industrial biotechnology, systems and synthetic biology, chemical biology, and food and nutrition science is conducted as well as a division of infrastructures.

Nearly 200 people from 30 countries are active within the department. The work environment is characterised by creativity, job satisfaction, collaboration and responsibility.

The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering has summarised its mission:
• To be an attractive environment for frontline researchers in biotechnology linked to health and sustainability
• To deliver excellent research results and innovative solutions for a sustainable society
• To offer excellent training that develops creative engineers and researchers
• To be a major contributing factor to Chalmers’ good reputation internationally 

Project description
The DDLS program is now establishing a national “data science node” in “Cell and Molecular Biology” at Chalmers University of Technology with a national responsibility to develop national data services and to provide bioinformatics support. The bioinformatics support staff will be integrated with the SciLifeLab bioinformatics platform (NBIS), a unique national infrastructure with over 100 employees, providing support, infrastructure and training to the Swedish life science research community and participating in international collaborations. We are now looking for outstanding candidates with competence in computational biology, to provide advanced bioinformatics support for scientifically excellent data-driven Swedish research projects in Cell and Molecular Biology. The successful candidate will join and contribute to a vibrant and welcoming community of bioinformatics and data science researchers within NBIS, SciLifeLab and Chalmers, with national and international collaborations.

The SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) is a 12-year initiative that focuses on data-driven research, within fields essential for improving people’s lives, detecting and treating diseases, protecting biodiversity and creating sustainability. The program will train and recruit the next generation of data-driven life scientists and create strong and globally competitive computational and data science capabilities in Swedish life science. The program aims to strengthen national collaborations between universities, bridge the research communities of life and data sciences, and create partnerships with industry, healthcare and other national and international actors.

As a national hub for molecular biosciences in Sweden, SciLifeLab develops and maintains unique research infrastructure, services and data resources for life science. The overall aim of SciLifeLab is to facilitate cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary life science research and promote its translation to the benefit of society. About 200 research groups, 1500 researchers and 40 national infrastructure units are associated with SciLifeLab, with two main centers located in Stockholm and Uppsala, but with national SciLifeLab units at all major Swedish universities.

Major responsibilities
– Carry out advanced data analyses within nationally prioritized data-driven cell and molecular biology projects
– Develop tools and workflows for such analyses
– Educate other scientists in bioinformatics through collaboration within supported projects, teaching at advanced national courses and consultations
– Engage in the continuous development and improvement of the DDLS program and the SciLifeLab Bioinformatics platform at a national level.

Qualification requirements
We are looking for two(2) highly motivated scientists with a strong background and interest in computational aspects of cell and molecular biology. The successful candidate should have (i) a PhD (or equivalent experience and competence) in bioinformatics, data science, computer science or other relevant area, (ii) extensive experience of quantitative analysis of cell function by peering into their molecular components in time and space; from single molecules to organs and organisms, (iii) fluent oral and written communication skills in English, and (iv) strong skills in cooperation and communication. 

Postdoctoral studies are a strong merit but not a requirement. Practical knowledge of developing and applying data-driven methods relying on machine learning/artificial intelligence or statistical modeling techniques in order to analyse and integrate multi-modal data is a strong merit. Great importance will be given to personal suitability.

Contract terms
Full-time permanent employment.

We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg

Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20220689 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous professional experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:• Introduce yourself • Describe your previous research fields and main research results• Describe your future goals and how you foresee your contribution to this research infrastructure

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 2023-01-15

For questions, please contact:
Head of unit, Thomas Svensson
Phone: 073-3051730

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!  

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