Uppsala University, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases. A fundamental idea at the department is to stimulate translational research and thereby closer interactions between medical research and health care. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: cancer precision medicine, cancer immunotherapy, genomics and neurobiology, molecular tools and functional genomics, neuro-oncology and neurodegeneration and vascular biology. Department activities are also integrated with the units for Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pathology, and Hospital Physics at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala.

The department has teaching assignments in several education programmes, including Master Programmes, at the Faculty of Medicine, and at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 500 million, out of which more than half is made up of external funding. The staff amounts to approximately 345 employees, out of which 100 are PhD-students, and there are in total more than 700 affiliated people. Feel free to read more about the department's activities here: www.igp.uu.se.

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The Vickovic Lab at Uppsala University is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, team-oriented Postdoctoral Researcher to expand wet lab efforts in understanding the mechanisms of disease, in particular undercharacterized neurodevelopmental disorders. We are interested in developing integrative multi-modal data analysis tools incorporating single cell and spatially resolved omics data, imaging data, clinical phenotypes, variants and genotypes. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work at the intersection of mathematical modeling, omics data analysis, workflow optimization, and resource building. The postdoctoral researcher can also propose and pursue their own ideas that fit the general research program of the lab (see https://www.vickovictechinnovation.com/).

The Vickovic Lab is focused on developing novel “digital pathology” tools to track disease progression with the aim of identifying translatable drug and therapeutic targets in human tissue cohorts. The team leverages technologies including spatial transcriptomics, single-cell sequencing, and machine learning. A particular area of disease focus for the lab is developing tools for spatial genomics that will enable perturbing highly complex interactions in the human gut-to-brain axis.

Dr. Vickovic is also the Director of the Technology Innovation lab at the New York Genome Center (NYGC). The person selected for this role would interact closely with the NYGC team as well, and there is a possibility to spend an extended period in New York as a visiting researcher.

Responsibilities may include

  • Design and implement novel strategies to prepare samples and libraries for multi-omics single-cell and spatial technology;
  • Develop computational analysis workflows for integrating and analyzing spatially resolved DNA- and RNA-seq genotypic data using current state of the art technologies;
  • Executes independently at least one project, with oversight from management and contributes to existing lab projects.
  • Work closely with experimental and computational colleagues and cores to understand the nature of generated data to provide creative answers to complex biologicals questions;
  • Provides clever and novel scientific designs to solve problems impacting a modern genomics laboratory.
  • Enables the design, building, testing, optimization and modification of complex new technologies and instruments.
  • Establishes coding standards and best practices.
  • Involved directly in the execution, and frequently the design, of the Lab’s research activities.
  • Coordinate efforts across multiple organizations (Flatiron Institute, Columbia University, New York Genome Center and Uppsala University);
  • Actively participate in the preparation of manuscripts for publication, proposals and presents at scientific conferences;
  • Assist in peer- and student-mentorship; and
  • Share expertise and provide training and guidance to group members as needed.


  • Relevant PhD degree required, with a strong molecular biology, chemistry, or engineering focus.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of modern molecular biology and/or chemistry tools required, including next-generation sequencing methods; single-cell and spatial genomics.
  • Experience using automated high-throughput laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, microfluidics, pipetting robotics, and/or single-cell sequencing equipment is considered a strong plus.
  • A proven track record in innovation and technology development required.
  • Ability to work in an independent manner with minimal supervision but having a strong collaborative personality required;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work efficiently in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment required.
  • Strong research, problem solving, and communication skills (both written and oral) required, coupled with a strong attention to detail and scientific curiosity.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills required.

Computing skills with NGS data required, and bioinformatics experience preferred

Additional qualifications

  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of at least two years and at most three years. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 April 2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Sanja Vickovic, 018-471 0000, sanja.vickovic@igp.uu.se

Please submit your application by 28 April 2023, UFV-PA 2022/4972.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-05-01 or as agreed
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2022/4972
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 02.Feb.2023
Last application date 28.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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