Assistant Professor in Algorithmic Bioinformatics
Uppsala University Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Assistant Professor in Algorithmic Bioinformatics

Published: 2022-10-25

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.

Uppsala University’s tenure track system grants assistant professors the possibility to be assessed for promotion to the position as associate professor. The university provides support in various areas, such as scientific and educational development, leadership development as well as patent and innovation support.

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICM; is organised into seven research programmes which all focus on different areas of cell and molecular biology: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Evolution, Molecular Systems Biology and Structural Biology. The scientific basis of what we do lies in biology, but our research overlaps with other areas such as medicine, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, engineering sciences and physics. In total, we are over 200 staff and ~60 Ph.D. students.

Bioinformatics is an expansive area at ICM with over 60 bioinformaticians, partly within the research programmes, partly within the national bioinformatics infrastructure NBIS (, which constitutes the SciLifeLab Bioinformatics platform.

Uppsala University is part of the large SciLifeLab and Wallenberg national initiative for data-driven life science (, and in conjunction herewith ICM now expands its bioinformatics activities with an assistant professor in algorithmic bioinformatics.

The position is placed at the programme Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. ( The research within the programme is focused on computational biology with an emphasis on structural biology and biochemistry, intracellular kinetics and bioinformatics, especially algorithm development and biomedical applications.

ICM offers a vigorous research environment with unique possibilities for synergies and collaborations between theoretical and experimental activities.

ICM is responsible for the international master programme in bioinformatics and is active within multiple bioinformatics courses at Uppsala University.

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Description of subject area of the employment: The subject area includes development of algorithms in bioinformatics, especially for AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) for analysis of large-scale data in life sciences.


Teaching, research and administration, with research as the most important duty. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Teaching responsibility in the undergraduate level will be at the highest 25%.

Following developments within the subject area and the development of society in general, are important for the work at the university.

Appointment Period:

The position can be held for a maximum of six years. An Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to Associate Professor. If the Assistant Professor is deemed suitable and fulfills the criteria for promotion established by the Faculty Board, he/she shall be promoted to and employed as Associate Professor.

Qualifications Required:

PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics or similar subject of relevance for the position. Applicants must have obtained a PhD degree or achieved the equivalent competence within five years prior to the end of the application period.

Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.

Applicants should have completed teacher training relevant to operations at the University, comprising course/s of minimum five weeks, or have acquired an equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education should be completed during the first two years of employment.

Documented ability to teach in English or Swedish is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years from the time of recruitment.

Personal capacities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, of which weight will be primarily given to research expertise.

Research Expertise comprises research merits as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and teaching. In assessing research expertise, research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, with regard to depth and breadth, must also be considered. In assessing research expertise, special weight will be attached to research merits in development of bioinformatics algorithms. For that, the research plan, relevant experience as well as technical competence demonstrated by previous publications in the field of the planned research will be considered.

Teaching Expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be considered. While assessing the pedagogical skills, special emphasis will be given on the experience of teaching in bioinformatics and algorithms. Supervision of doctoral students or master's / bachelor students will be considered as an additional teaching merit.

Administrative Expertise is important for the employment. Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organise, and prioritise work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames.

Collaboration Expertise is important. Popular science works and public debate and lectures are different examples of collaborations with the surrounding society. Other examples are patent applications, commercialization and industrial collaboration. Also, facilitating knowledge exchange with the surrounding society is a plus.

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.

Further information

In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or similar are to be regarded as work experience.

University appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Instructions for application

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Bengt Persson, +46 70 4250 230,

Type of position: Full-time position for six years.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

Starting date: 01-05-2023 or as otherwise agreed


Please submit your application by 27 december 2022, UFV-PA 2022/3495.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

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 2022/3495

Last application date: 2022-12-27

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