KTH Royal Institute of Technology, EECS

Job description

Professor Tuuli Lappalainen’s and Dr. Stefan Bauer’s research groups are looking for a postdoc for a collaborative project to develop novel computational methods to infer causal regulatory networks in human cells from large-scale perturbational experiments. 

Large-scale in vitro cellular experimentation with genetic interventions (e.g. with CRISPR) and cellular readouts are opening exciting novel opportunities to infer causal mechanisms of regulatory networks of the cell. Integrated with genetic and genomic data of human diseases, this has important applications in understanding processes underlying disease pathologies and e.g. identifying drug targets. 

There is great demand for new machine learning methods, such as those based on active and reinforcement learning, to extract biologically meaningful insights from these complex data. Ideally, these methods and data form a feedback loop the statistical inference further informs prioritization of maximally informative next set of experiments. 

The research and project focus is thus driven by real-world challenges in biomedicine with the potential for high scientific societal impact. The required work covers a wide spectrum between theory and application, with plenty of flexibility to adjust projects to your background and preferences.

You will be involved and have the opportunity to work with two labs with state-of-the-art machine learning and human genomics and genetics expertise:

Prof Tuuli Lappalainen’s research group studies functional genetic variation in human populations. We are particularly interested in characterizing how genetic variants affect the transcriptome, and how these cellular changes contribute to genetic risk for both common and rare diseases and traits. The lab is based at the New York Genome Center in New York City, USA, and at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SciLifeLab in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Stefan Bauer is an Assistant Professor at KTH Stockholm, affiliated with the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), and a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.  Using and developing tools of causality and deep learning, his research focuses on the longstanding goal of artificial intelligence to design machines that can extrapolate experience across environments and tasks. 

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Mentorship in both genomics and machine learning from leading experts of both fields
  • A creative role that combines a high degree of independence with mentorship and close interactions with other team members
  • Opportunity to develop cutting-edge statistical modeling methods to solve important biological problems, with potential for high impact discoveries
  • A possibility to pursue collaborative projects locally and internationally, and develop an international network and profile as a researcher
  • A supportive lab environment including mentorship for future career steps
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, in Statistics, Computational biology, or a related field. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made
  • Research experience of using or developing statistical methods, with solid programming skills
  • We are searching for a person with research expertise and a publication record, with a high motivation to work and excel in an interdisciplinary team

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • It is considered as a great advantage with a background in Biology (where experience in Computational biology is essential) as well as Statistics (particularly Deep learning)
  • We appreciate a track record showing collaborative skills, independence and teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

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  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of certificates for prior academic education as degree, diploma and transcript of grades. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages. 
  • Brief account of your academic interests, why you are interested in this position, and how this relates to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1/4-22, or according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2022-0457
  • Felicia Gustafsson, HR, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
  • Dr Stefan Bauer, baue@kth.se
Published 22.Feb.2022
Last application date 18.Mar.2022 11:59 PM CET

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