PhD Scholarship Position in Computational Biology at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is offering PhD position in computational biology. Applications are invited up to October 15, 2019.

The department of Mathematical Sciences is a joint department between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology located at the Chalmers campus Johanneberg. We conduct internationally successful research in a number of areas in theoretical and applied mathematics, and mathematical statistics. The department is an important partner of other sciences and industrial projects.

The announced PhD position is located at the Division of Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, with several research groups in the area of biomathematics/systems biology. Gothenburg offers vibrant systems biology environment with many excellent research groups actively collaborating and organizing number of life science seminars, systems biology summer schools and workshops.

The PhD student is supervised by Associate Professor Marija Cvijovic and funded by a grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research.

Specific subject description

The research project is performed in an international and highly collaborative multidisciplinary environment. We study the complexity of cellular ageing using experimental and computational methods. The work is highly interdisciplinary with close collaboration with a number of experimental research groups in other areas.

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Job assignments

You will work in a highly dynamic research environment at the interface between mathematics and biology to address central problems of cellular ageing. Mathematical modelling and biological experiments will be closely integrated into most of the work. Ageing is a process consisting of many interacting subsystems, it is necessary to account for numerous factors simultaneously by applying large-scale modelling approaches. It is tightly coupled to metabolic processes like energy metabolism and nutrient availability. As sensors of the current environmental status, nutrient signaling pathways represent central aging regulators. The successful candidate will contribute to our efforts to integrate and interrogate key signaling pathways that sense altered nutrient availability and deviations from intracellular homeostasis. The goal is to gain better understanding of their contributions in yeast ageing and their pivotal role in longevity and healthy span. You are expected to independently develop new ideas and drive collaborations with experimentalists.

The project will offer you training in a wide range of front-line computational biology methods. Together with the course program at the research school in applied mathematics this training will prepare you for a range of academic as well private and public sector carrier opportunities.


Applicants for the position should have a strong background in applied mathematics and biotechnology. They must have obtained a master’s degree or a 4-year bachelor’s degree or expect to complete that degree by the start of the employment.

Candidates should have excellent communications skills, strong self-organizing skills and ability to work within an interdisciplinary setting. Fluency in English is expected.

Candidates should have good knowledge of one or more programming languages such as Perl/Python/Java/C/C++ and skills in R or Matlab/Mathematica.

Closing date: October 15, 2019




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