Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers)

PhD student position in machine intelligence for quantitative biology

Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers)

Gothenburg, Sweden

Information about the division
The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology at the Chalmers University of Technology is one of the world’s leading research groups within systems biology of metabolism field. Our research interests involve a wide range of activities from the fundamental understanding of metabolism operation principles, combined with a highly applied research directed towards the development of new cell factories for the production of valuable chemicals and up to the studies of metabolic-related diseases including cancer. 

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Major responsibilities
The position is oriented for performing research in systems & synthetic biology (microbial/human). You will be driving a project aimed at solving fundamental biological problems using state-of-art machine learning approaches. This will include identification of novel ways of data analysis and development of algorithms to understand and predict the behaviour of biological systems. We are a young, highly interdisciplinary team (Zelezniak Lab) mainly working on solving synthetic & fundamental biology problems aiming at translating our research for practical applications.
We are seeking a motivated, creative PhD candidate interested in studying fundamental biological questions, e.g. to what extent DNA encodes a particular biological process, disease?
Can we predict the effects of DNA mutations to cancer progression?
To extract the meaningful signal from a vast volume of biological data, we are developing new and adapting existing, state-of-the-art deep learning approaches. Your primary responsibilities are to lead the computational project, coming up with novel ideas and elegant engineering solutions for solving a biological problem and communicating results with the team. You are expected to have a strong background in programming languages (e.g. Python, C++) and have a keen interest in solving biological problems.

Apart from performing project-related computational experiments, you willbe involved in other collaboration within and outside the lab. You will develop your own independent scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. Apart from solving a particular biological problem, a successful candidate will also gain experience in metabolic modeling, analysis biological omics- data, machine learning and the best practices of data science.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

We see that you have a master’s degree in computer science/physics/bioinformatics or related technical discipline (at least 240 higher education credits). The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. 

You have experience in data analysis, programming and strong statistical/mathematical background are expected. You are curious about the basic science and carry a great interest to ask the most challenging questions within realistic time frames and resources.

You are both independent and a great team player willing to work in a highly collaborative international environment to share your ideas, express your opinions and expect to receive feedback and critics.

We also see that you are be enthusiastic about supervising Master students.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190713 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 1 February 2020

For questions, please contact:
Assistant professor, Aleksej Zelezniak,

The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering 
The Department was founded January 1 2015, and started off with high ambitions. The aim was to grow and become a leading center of innovation by combining the latest research in life sciences with biochemistry. And the department got off to flying start. In its first year, the numbers for publication, citation and external funding have been excellent.
The department consists of four divisions, each conducting outstanding research in the areas of industrial biotechnology, systems biology, chemical biology and food science. The overall goal is to help build a sustainable society and improve human health.

Nearly 200 people from 20 countries are currently working at the department. The working environment is characterized by respect, cooperation, responsibility, creativity and job satisfaction.

The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering has summarized its mission in four points:
• To be an attractive environment for top-level researchers in biological engineering
• To deliver top-level research results and innovative solutions for use in a sustainable society
• To offer excellent education that develops creative engineers and scientists
• To be a major contributor to international visibility of Chalmers

* Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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