Researcher Position in Scientific Computing/Systems Biology
Sort on published: 2017-04-12
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
The Department of Information Technology conducts research and education in a spectrum of areas within Computer Science and Information Technology. The research is organized in five Divisions, and the research at the Division of Scientific Computing has a broad scope, ranging from numerical analysis over software development and high-performance computing to collaborative projects in Computational Science and Engineering and industrial applications.
The researcher will work in an research project funded by eSSENCE, a strategic collaborative research programme in e-science between three Swedish universities with a strong tradition of excellent e-science research: Uppsala University, Lund University and Umeå University. e-science promotes innovation in collaborative, computationally or data intensive research across all disciplines. In Uppsala, a number of projects are supported by the programme. Most of them are in computer simulation and data science in biology, chemistry, and physics. More information about eSSENCE is found at the homepage http://essenceofescience.se/.
The project, described below, will be conducted as part of a collaboration between the the research groups headed by associate professor Andreas Hellander, Uppsala University, see http://hellanderlab.research.it.uu.se, and associate professor Igor Adameyko, Karolinska Institute, see http://ki.se/en/fyfa/developmental-biology-and-regenerative-medicine.
Research project: In this project we seek to develop eScience simulation methods and software driven by data from advanced imaging-techniques based on genetic labeling in confetti embryos. The potential for simulations to probe intricate cellular coordination processes is large, but currently there are no methods available to bridge the large scale differences between the microscopic, cellular level organization and the macroscopic shape transitions that define the developmental processes. In this project we aim to develop new multiscale methods that capture both mechanical and molecular interactions between individual cells. We will use the methods to study how these interactions give rise to rapid and reliable scaling of structures in the facial region of embryonic mice. The project has the dual objective to serve as a driving example for development of a cloud-based virtual laboratory for collaborative modeling in biology. A more detailed description of the project is available at: http://essenceofescience.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/eSSENCE_Postdoc_Hellander_Adameyko.pdf
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD field of relevance to the project, such as scientific computing, computational/mathematical biology or applied mathematics, with high-quality publications as principal author in international peer-reviewed journals or conferences. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are required.
Assessment criteria: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research expertise. Here, documented research experience with one or more modeling frameworks for multicellular dynamics (such as cellular automata, center-based models such as overlapping spheres, vertex-based models or cellular Potts models) is of particular importance, as is strong programming skills and excellent oral and written communication in English. Previous experience with cloud computing or high-performance computing is considered a merit, but not a prerequisite. High-quality publications as principal author in international peer-reviewed journals or conferences are important merits. The researcher will be expected to contribute creatively to the research groups and evidence of successful collaboration and teamwork skills are meriting.
Application: The application should include a statement (at most 2 pages) of the applicant’s motivation for applying for this position, including the candidate’s qualifications and research interests and the proposed contribution to the work of the research group, a description of the PhD thesis, and evidence of self-motivation and constructive teamwork. The application must include a CV, degrees and grades (translated to English or Swedish), a copy of or a web reference to the PhD thesis, a complete list of publications including a specific description of the candidate’s own contributions, other relevant documents, and the earliest possible starting date. References with contact information and up to two letters of recommendation may be provided.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience. The Department strives for a more equal gender balance and welcomes specifically female applicants.
Pay: Individual salaries
Starting: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position.
Working hours: 100 %. The position is for two years and may include up to 20 % teaching (in English or Swedish) depending on availability and the candidate's career interest.
Working in Sweden: The quality of life in Sweden is high. The Swedish working climate emphasizes an open atmosphere, with active discussions involving both junior and senior staff. Researchers are full employees, with standard salaries and five weeks of paid holiday. Spouses of employees are entitled to work permits. Healthcare is free after a small co-pay. The parental benefits in Sweden are among the best in the world, including extensive parental leave (for both parents), paid time off to care for sick children, and affordable daycare.
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You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-05-07, UFV-PA 2017/1197.
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Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Marie Ols, TCO/ST 018-471 2459
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/1197
Last application date: 2017-05-07