Postdoctoral position in genetic epidemiology in The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University

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:

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Project description 
The Post-doctoral fellow will be employed within the research group of Dr. Åsa Johansson ( and asa-johansson/). 
The project will focus on genetic and epidemiological studies of complex diseases. The primary task is to analyze large-scale cohort and registry data, including both risk factors (including obesity, hormonal levels, lifestyle, diet), protein biomarkers, and genetic/genomic data (GWAS, whole- genome sequencing (WGS), whole-exome sequencing data (WES)). The secondary aim is to construct polygenic risk scores to identify individuals at high risk to develop a disease. The duties include planning, conducting data analysis, compiling results, and writing and presenting scientific works. 

PhD degree in Biomedical sciences or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Biomedical sciences. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.
– Experience in bioinformatic or statistical analyzes of large-scale epidemiological, genomic, proteomic or transcriptomic data 
– Experience of working with polygenic risk scores, GWAS, CNV-analyses and sequencing data. 
– Documented experience in programming in R 
– Good ability to express yourself in English, both orally and in writing. 
– Good collaboration and communication skills, and experience in international collaborations. 
– Documented experience in compiling and publishing scientific articles in a related field. 

About the employment:
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years according to central collective agreement, with the possibility of 1 year extention. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed.
Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: 
Åsa Johansson,

Please submit your application by 10 August 2022, UFV-PA 2022/2601.

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Placement: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/2601

Last application date: 2022-08-10

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