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The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) is among the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe with special focus on increasing our knowledge of the aetiology of different diseases. Our department consists of researchers, doctoral students, biostatisticians, data collectors and database administrators as well as administrative personnel, in total some 250 staff. The department is situated at campus Solna. Further information can be found at


The predictive medicine group is focused on application of machine learning and AI for development and validation of predictive models for biomedical applications, with a particular interest in cancer precision medicine and computational pathology. Our research is based on large and high-dimensional datasets across multiple modalities, including molecular, clinical and histopathology imaging data. Our computational pathology research is based on internationally leading and unique in-house study materials and datasets (>200,000 gigapixel histopathology images and clinical information currently available).

This is a role of 1 year with possibility of extension for 1 year. Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden.


This postdoctoral project is focused on development and validation of deep learning models and image processing methodologies for cancer histopathology image data. Machine learning and deep learning techniques are central in this computational pathology project aimed at improving cancer patient stratification. As a postdoctoral researcher you will be involved with implementation and evaluation of machine learning/deep learning models, and/or contribute to development of new methodologies and strategies in the domain. The project is based on unique and large in-house datasets. The role would suit someone with a PhD in computational pathology, alternatively someone with experience from medical image analysis and modern deep-learning methodologies. Prior understanding of cancer precision medicine and epidemiology is advantageous. The Cancer Histopathology IMage Epidemiology (CHIME) project focus on large-scale studies that include histopathology image data and clinical information.

We believe that you either have a PhD in AI-based computational pathology, or strong background in deep learning and image analysis with a an interest in medical research and precision medicine. The successful scholarship holder will join an interdisciplinary research team with strong collaboration with clinical departments and other national and international research groups.

To qualify, the applicant must hold, or expect to receive, a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have a strong interest in quantitative aspects of medical research. Prior knowledge and research experience in a relevant quantitative field (e.g. machine learning, AI, epidemiology, computer vision, biostatistics, epidemiology) is required.

It is desirable that the candidate has prior experience from large-scale analysis of biomedical data and/or applied machine learning/deep learning/AI. Prior experience from cancer-related research or medical image research is desirable. The applicant should have previous knowledge and experience in programming in Python, and it is desirable that the applicant also has prior experience of working with common deep learning frameworks, such as Tensorflow/Keras or Pytorch. The applicant should be able to collaborate as part of a team as well as independently and be able to organize and prioritise his/her own tasks with minimal supervision. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Mattias Rantalainen (email:

Entry requirements

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent.
A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Location: Solna

Type of scholarship

The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

The application is to be submitted on the Varbi recruitment system.

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First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Stipendium
Reference number STÖD 2-4328/2022
  • Mattias Rantalainen, chef,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR,
Published 07.Nov.2022
Last application date 31.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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