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The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics presently employ approximately 250 staff with 15 full professors and over 45 graduate students. [MR1] The department is one of the largest departments of epidemiology in Europe and includes a vibrant community of biostatisticians and epidemiologists. Unique data resources, including numerous population-based health registers and several large prospective studies, on-going nation-wide case-control studies, access to clinical data, biological material and high-throughput genotype, expression, proteins/metabolites and sequence data – are effectively explored at the department. Further information can be found at:


The predictive medicine group is focused on development and validation of predictive models for biomedical applications, with a particular interest in precision medicine and computational pathology. Our research is based on large and high-dimensional datasets across multiple modalities, including molecular, clinical and medical imaging data.

This is a role of 1 year with possibility of extension for 1 year.


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 role would suit applicants who are interested in developing a career in the intersection of machine learning, epidemiology and medical sciences. The Cancer Histopathology IMage Epidemiology (CHIME) project focus on large-scale studies that include histopathology image data and clinical information. 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.


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 According to agreement
Salary Monthly
Reference number STÖD 2-4787/2020
  • Mattias Rantalainen,
  • Carina Olofsson Moreno,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Ann Almqvist, SACO,
  • Gunnel Brolin, OFR,
Published 10.Nov.2020
Last application date 15.Dec.2020 11:59 PM CET

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