The first DDLS Fellow at LiU is recruiting

Wen Zhong is one of the first fellows in the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg
National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) that has been recruited to LiU. Now she will expand her research group. "We are seeking an
enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher who is dedicated to the field of
data-driven precision medicine and systems biology", says Wen Zhong.

Image of Wen Zhong at Campus US. Wen Zhong is putting data driven life science research in Sweden on the map. John Karlsson

A postdoctoral fellowship within the field of Bioinformatics and systems medicine is available at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (BKV), Linköping University (LiU). The position entails collaborative work within an environment of doctoral and post-doctoral students, principal research engineers and experienced clinicians.

Wen Zhong is one of the first fellows in the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) that has been recruited. Now she is looking to expand her research team at LiU.

What can this postdoctoral fellowship lead to?
"The rise of high throughput molecular technologies has shed lights on the development of next-generation molecular diagnostics and biomarkers for patient stratifications in the precision medicine era. There is an urgent need to develop new systematic tools to combine multi-omics data and link genotype to phenotype to expand our knowledge of complex traits of human diseases. In the project, the candidate will focus on the construction of multi-scale molecular health and disease network using both in-house and publicly available datasets and develop AI-based analytical infrastructures to inform precision medicine-based decision support.", Wen explains.

How is this fellowship connected to the SciLifelab-Wallenberg DDLS Postdoctoral Fellow program?
Image of Wen Zhong at Campus US.Wen Zhong shows an image connected to her research. Photo credit John Karlsson"The position is part of the SciLifelab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS). The DDLS program is a 12-year initiative funded with a total of 3.1 billion SEK (about 300 MEuro, 350 MUSD) from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The purpose of the program is to recruit and train the next-generation of data-driven life scientists and to create globally leading computational and data science capabilities in life science in Sweden."

What is your role, Wen?
"With around ten years’ experience in data-driven precision medicine and systems biology, my research team mainly focus on the integration of multi-omics, the interplay between genetics and phenotypes, and the development of data-driven strategies/tools for precision medicine. As the team leader and passionate supervisor, I will be dedicated to developing the team members into high-level interdisciplinary experts in the domain field of data-driven precision medicine."

Who should apply?
"We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher who is dedicated to the field of data-driven precision medicine and systems biology. Documented experience with genetics, multi-omics analyses and systematic bioinformatics techniques is advantageous. Good programming skills (Python/R) and a solid training in data mining or machine learning are strongly preferred. We welcome a creative, self-motivated, and proactive team-player to join the research team."

Why is this fellowship important do you think?
"The SciLifeLab-Wallenberg DDLS National Program offers an unique opportunity for young researchers who are thrilled by the art of data-driven and computations in life science. Young fellows participating in the program will get systematic training and networking opportunities in SciLifeLab research school on data-driven life science. Also, the project will provide a variety of international and national collaborative research activities to develop the candidate as an independent academic citizen.", says Wen in conclusion.

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The rise of high throughput molecular technologies has shed lights on the development of next-generation molecular diagnostics and biomarkers for patient stratifications in the precision medicine era. There is an urgent need to develop new systematic tools to combine multi-omics data and link genotype to phenotype to expand our knowledge of complex traits of human diseases. We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with documented experience and a strong research interest in Data-Driven Precision Medicine and Systems Biology. The candidate will focus on the construction of multi-scale molecular health and disease network and develop AI-based analytical infrastructures to inform precision medicine-based decision support. The position entails collaborative work within an environment of doctoral and post-doctoral students, principal research engineers and experienced clinicians. Advanced modern facilities and resources, including Berzelius HPC system, a 300-petaflop NVIDIA SuperPOD resource, multi-omics platforms and bioinformatics infrastructures are fully accessed to facilitate the development of data-driven computational tools.

Requirements: A PhD in a related field is required, granted by a university outside of Sweden. The applicant should have a doctoral degree in the field of bioinformatics and systems biology, or similar field, and must have demonstrated successful completion of projects during the graduate thesis studies.
Practical experience with genetics, multi-omics analyses and systematic bioinformatics techniques is a strong advantage. Good programming skills (Python/R) and a solid training in data mining or machine learning are highly preferred. Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required.
An ambitious, creative, proactive, self-motivated and detail -and results-oriented individual is sought, who will be able to work independently in a collaborative setting and fit within an international team of researchers and clinicians.

Appointment time: Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year Career Development Fellowship with the option of extension for a 2nd year conditional to satisfactory performance. The fellowship is a training and development position for a post-doctoral scientist who has completed their doctoral studies and is moving into a new research group.

Starting date: By agreement but provisionally set for August 15, 2022.

Fellowship stipend: The fellowship stipend is 300 000 SEK tax free per annum for up to two years according to LiU regulations.
Note, Fellowships are offered tax free and are not eligible for sick or maternity pay. A fellow is not covered by the occupational injury insurance but is covered by the Work Environment Act. Fellowship remuneration is tax-exempt and does not give any pension rights to the applicant. A fellowship is covered by the Insurance for Foreign Visitors, but each applicant should be aware of their own insurance needs and requirements. Fellows are not employed and therefore not covered by any collective agreement.

Application: The application should include

  • a cover letter explaining how your experience matches the requirements of the position
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications
  • a copy of your passport
  • names and contact information of up to three references, one of which should be the PhD supervisor

Please send your application to Lisa Dobrosch at ansokan@bkv.liu.se with a copy to Wen Zhong wen.zhong@liu.se

Deadline for application is June 1, 2022

Questions can be addressed to Wen Zhong (wen.zhong@liu.se) Assistance Professor, or Lisa Dobrosch (lisa.dobrosch@liu.se) International Coordinator

Linköping with ca 150 000 inhabitants, less than 2 hours by car or train from Stockholm, is an old town with a Castle since 12th century and a large Cathedral from the early 13th century, in combination with modern high-tech industry and a large university. The landscape around is clean and beautiful.

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