Umeå University, Department of Radiation Sciences

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We welcome applications for postdoctoral studies in integrative molecular epidemiology (colorectal cancer) at the Department of radiation sciences, Umeå University. The position is for two years, starting in autumn 2019, or upon other agreement.

Project description:

The research project aims to identify, distinguish between, and validate risk-predictive and diagnostic biomarkers of colorectal cancer. Combining blood-based biomarkers with refined risk profiling could allow more personalized colorectal cancer prevention and screening, through the identification of high-risk individuals for earlier or more frequent colonoscopy.

The project uses prediagnostic blood samples, including highly unique sets of repeated prediagnostic measures and pre- and postdiagnostic measures from the same patients. Analyses range from broad, omics technologies including untargeted metabolomics and targeted proteomics, to candidate biomarkers from the literature.

The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to develop independent research ideas, within the scope of the project, utilising resources from Swedish, European and international cohorts and consortia.

Eligibility and other qualifications required:

Candidates must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University PhD in statistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, genetics or similar at the time of recruitment. In normal case the doctorate exam should have been acquired within three years prior the last day for application to this position, unless special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice or appointments of trust in trade union organizations.

The candidate must have experience working with large datasets and be fluent in R/Bioconductor. A very good command of written and spoken English is required. Experience with statistical modelling using both continuous and binary outcomes, large sets of covariates, repeated measurements, and evaluation of prediction accuracy is a major advantage, as is a publication track record in molecular epidemiology.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist who is quick to learn and has a demonstrated ability to work productively both independently and in a multidisciplinary team. Preference will be given to candidates with with superior analytic and communication skills. Please see link for examples of research from the group:


The application must contain

  • A brief description of your research interests (max. A4 page) and why you are interested in the position.
  • A CV
  • Copies of PhD and other academic degrees.
  • Contact information for two reference persons.

Other information:

For further information, please contact assistant university lecturer Bethany van Guelpen,

The application must be completed using the Umeå University on-line recruitment system. The application deadline is September 16 2019.


We look forward to receiving your application!


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-538-19
  • Bethany Van Guelpen, 070-272 10 69
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 27.Mar.2019
Last application date 16.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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