PhD student position in the research group of Åsa Johansson
Sort on published: 2017-08-23
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 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.5 billion.
The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University (www.igp.uu.se) has a broad research profile with several strong research groups focused on Genomics, Cancer and Molecular Diagnostics. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: Medical and Clinical Genetics, Immunology, Pathology, Medical Radiation Science, Tumor Biology and Vascular Biology. Parts of the organization are also integrated with the departments for Clinical Genetics, Immunology and Pathology-Cythology at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala. The department provides a well-developed infrastructure for advanced molecular sciences. The Department has a yearly turnover of around 350 million SEK with a staff of around 340 people, 116 of which are PhD-students.
A PhD student position is available for a highly motivated person with interest in medical genetics and genomics in the research group of Associate Professor Åsa Johansson at Uppsala University, Dept. of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Science for Life Laboratory.
Åsa Johansson's research group (http://www.igp.uu.se/forskning/genetik_genomik/asa-johansson/) work with molecular epidemiology. Over the past decade, we have found thousands of genetic variants that influence the risk of developing diseases and disorders such as obesity, myocardial infarction and high blood pressure. However, the genetic variants that have been identified explain only a small part of the heritability behind our common diseases. Our research is interdisciplinary and includes the fields of genomics, epigenomics, proteomics and epidemiology. We work with population-based cohorts, and use large-scale methods for high-through sequencing and measurements of different molecules (lipids, proteins, DNA methylation). A key objective of the project is to investigate how rare genetic variants cause phenotypic differences, thus affecting the risk of common diseases such as obesity, myocardial infarction and asthma. We will use bioinformatical and statistical methods for data analysis and have access to two unique population-based cohorts. In the primary cohort (NSPHS), whole-genomic sequencing has recently been conducted in over 1000 participants as one of SciLifeLab's national projects. The second cohort we work with is the UK biobank, which is the world's largest population-based cohort (N = 500,000) with genetic data and comprehensive diet, lifestyle and health information available.
The successful candidate will devote most of the time towards his/her research level education. Other service activities within the department, e.g. education and administrative work can be included within the framework of the employment (maximum 20%).
The applicant should have MSc degree in a relevant area (e.g. Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Molecular medicine, or Molecular biology), or a degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science with some experience in medical/biological research. Strong merits would be experience in statistical or bioinformatic analyses and documented knowledge in genetics. Excellent skills in oral and written English are required.
The application should include a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, contact details of two references and a short description of the applicant and his/her experience. Letters(s) of recommendation may be included. If the applicant has published scientific papers, they can also be included.
Information about education at the postgraduate level, admission requirements and admission decisions can be found at: http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/vill_du_borja/
Selection of applicants will be done by the future tutor for the selected student in consultation with the postgraduate study group of the Department. The Postgraduate Programmes Committee at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine will formally approve the student's admission.
Setting the salary will be according to local guidelines at Uppsala University.
For further information about the position please contact:
Åsa Johansson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 30 September 2017, UFV-PA 2017/2955.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/2955
Last application date: 2017-09-30