PhD Position in Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Uppsala University Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Sweden

PhD student in Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Published: 2022-06-22

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion. The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University (www.igp.uu.se) 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: medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, pathology, neuro-oncology, vascular biology, radiation science and molecular tools. 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 in a number of educations at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 420 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.

A PhD student position is available for highly motivated individuals experience in genetic, medical and/or molecular epidemiology and with large-scale data analyses. The position is in the laboratory of  Associate Professor Åsa Johansson group at Uppsala University, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology. The research group works with identifying risk factors for common diseases and building models for risk assessment or stratification of patients based on molecular data. More information about the research group's activity can be accessed at https://www.igp.uu.se/forskning/genetik_genomik/asa-johansson/

The aim of the PhD project is to estimate the effect of risk factors that are associated with overweight and hormones (exogenous and endogenous) on cardiometabolic diseases and cancer. The project will utilize, and to some degree develop, methods aiming to estimate causal effects. The project includes analysing registry data from the National Swedish Registers, but also to utilize genetic data from international studies as instrumental variables in causal inference

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Duties

The successful candidate will devote most of the time towards his/her research level education. Other service activities within the department, e.g. education and administrative work can be included within the framework of the employment (maximum 20%). The position will be extended with the time devoted to teaching to allow four years of full-time graduate studies. 

Requirements

To be admitted to the PhD position, a master's degree is required (http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/vill_du_borja/), and for the advertised position it is required that the degree is in epidemiology, bioinformatics, molecular biotechnology, biostatistics or similar. A degree in medicine or biology complemented by courses in epidemiology and biostatistics can also be accepted. Experience of working in the Unix / Linux environment and documented experience of working in R or Python is a requirement. Proficiency in oral and written English is required. 

Additional qualifications

Previous research experience (e.g., master degree project) in genetic or medical epidemiology and documented experience in large-scale data analyse is a merit. Documented experience in genome-wide association studies (GWAS), causal inference, and working with registry studies is also regarded as strong merits. 

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

Application

The application should include a CV (1-2 pages), copies of exams, degrees and grades, contact details of two references and a short (1 page) description of the applicant and his/her research experiences and interests, as well as a statement about why the candidate is interested and suitable for the announced position. Letters(s) of recommendation may be included. If the applicant has published scientific papers, the candidates contribution to the publications should be specified. 

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Åsa Johansson,  asa.johansson@igp.uu.se

Please submit your application by 10 August 2022,  UFV-PA 2022/2191

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Placement: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/2191

Last application date: 2022-08-10

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