Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm (SE)
January 31 2019
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Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Subject description
The subject covers gene technology, molecular technologies, and bioinformatic analyses of genetic material (DNA), the active genes (RNA) and the end products (proteins).

The position is intended for research, supervision of PhD students and PostDocs, and teaching on advanced level where the employee is expected to take responsibility for the development of new courses in bioinformatics given by the department. The assistant professor is also expected to teach on basic or advanced level in courses today given by other departments in the School of Engineering Sciences for Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health.

The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other teaching positions with higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, Section 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the assistant professor can apply for promotion to associate professor in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 12 c of the Higher Education Ordinance.

An individual who has obtained a PhD or equivalent research expertise is qualified for appointment as an assistant professor. Candidates who met those qualifications within five years prior to expiration of the application period should be prioritized. Other candidates may also be considered if there are extraordinary grounds for doing so. Extraordinary grounds refer to illness, parental leave or similar circumstances.

Grounds of assessments
The assessment criteria for appointment as an assistant professor at KTH are stated in KTH’s appointments procedure section 1.3, and apply in relation to the employment profile laid down.

Of highest importance is the applicant’s

  • documented and solid knowledge in the area of bioinformatics, with special emphasis on the integration of large amounts of data from different technological platforms.
  • degree of research expertise demonstrated through research publications, conference attendance, attendance of research cooperation and also other undertakings in the scientific community such as for example, assignments as a reviewer or expert.

Of second highest importance is the applicant’s

  • documented and solid knowledge of statistical processing and visualization of large amounts of biological data.
  • potential for independent development as a researcher and teacher within the subject field and also the ability to establish, review and develop the research area in question.
  • an interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field in question.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • documented and solid knowledge of the analysis of medical analyses with emphasis on health profiling and integration of data from patient cohorts.
  • postdoc visits to a research environment other than the university at which the applicant defended their doctoral thesis.
  • an interest in and understanding of leadership in an academic environment, third-stream activities, and awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.
  • shown administrative skills.

Time limitation
The appointment is for an indefinite term, but no more than six years, and may be extended if, due to the teacher’s absence due to sick leave, parental leave or other special grounds, more time is required to reach the objectives of the appointment. However, the total appointment period may not exceed eight years. The appointment is part of the Tenure Track system at KTH and the assistant professor may apply for promotion to tenured associate professor.

Further information about the position can be obtained from: Amelie Eriksson Karlström, Professor, First Deputy Head of the School,, or Mathias Uhlén, Professor,

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