Umeå University, Medicinska fakulteten

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The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.

The Department of Molecular Biology is looking for a project assistant for a fixed-term employment of 6 months on full-time employment with access as soon as possible or by agreement.

Work Tasks

In this project we will see if single-cell data can be analyzed using new types of variational autoencoders. This is a pilot study (6 months) with the aim of investigating the potential of the project to be appropriate for a grant application, PhD- or post-doc project.

As project assistant you will work under supervision to:

  • Implement and test novel formulations of variational autoencoders
  • Apply the new formulation to single-cell data
  • Draw conclusions from the model and contribute to writing of research articles

The selected candidate will use python, SCVI and other single-cell boxes, alongside custom code written by the candidate, and document and present the findings.


You must hold 240 ECTS in computing science (or equivalent fields) at the time of the recruitment. You should have documented experience of using variational autoencoders on single-cell data. We look for a person who is enthusiastic and is interesting in applying computing science to biological questions. You need to be fluent in spoken and written English. You should be highly motivated and able to work productively in a team. Excellent communication skills for interacting effectively with senior colleagues and peers are required.


You apply through our recruitment system July 12th 2022 at the latest. Your application must contain the following documents written in English or Swedish:

  • A CV with information on education, a list of previous and current employments, and a list of publications.
  • A cover letter describing your research experience and interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Contact details of one to three references.

For questions regarding the position contact Johan Henriksson,

We welcome your application!

More about us

The Henriksson lab is part of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) and the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), an interdisciplinary research center devoted to top quality research and novel applications in the field of microbiology.

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Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1149-22
  • Johan Henriksson,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 20.Jun.2022
Last application date 12.Jul.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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