As part of a national program in data-driven life science, the Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University is looking for one or two talented young scientist who wants to establish a new research topic within the UPSC environment. We will offer a generous starting package, including PhD and postdoctoral positions, as well as ample funding to be used freely by the successful applicant.

Last day to apply: 15 October 2023

The group leader will be a full member of the PI group of UPSC and can enjoy the subsidized use of core facilities of the centre, including state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy, metabolomics, bioinformatics, controlled plant growth and more (UPSC facilities). We are specifically looking for persons who integrate bioinformatic approaches to answer a biological research question within plant infection biology (plant-microbe interaction, plant virus biology, plant metagenome biology, etc). We expect the recruited scientist to be able to lead a group focused on an independent research topic and to generate synergies with other research groups within the centre. 

Project description - DDLS Fellows programme

Data-driven life science (DDLS) uses data, computational methods and artificial intelligence to study biological systems and processes at all levels, from molecular structures and cellular processes to human health and global ecosystems. The SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) aims to recruit and train the next-generation of data-driven life scientists and to create globally leading computational and data science capabilities in Sweden. The program is funded with a total of 3.1 billion SEK (about 290 MUSD) over 12 years from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg (KAW) Foundation.

The DDLS program will recruit 39 high-profile young Group Leaders and launch over 210 postdoctoral positions and establish a research school for 260 PhDs, including industry PhDs and postdocs. Fellows will be recruited to the 11 participating host universities/organizations but brought together under a national DDLS program coordinated by SciLifeLab. The DDLS program has four strategic areas: cell and molecular biology, evolution and biodiversity, precision medicine and diagnostics, epidemiology and biology of infection. For more information, please see

During 2022-2023, the first round of 20 young Group Leaders joined us as DDLS Fellows, and now we are looking to recruit an additional group of 19 fellows. Each DDLS Fellow will receive a recruitment package of 17 MSEK (about 1.6 MUSD) for a 5-year period, covering their own salary and other resources, such as two PhD students and postdoc positions.

Research subject area

The subject area concerns research in the general area of epidemiology and biology of infection with a strong computational profile. This research subject area aims to lead to innovative development and/or application of novel data-driven methods relying on machine learning, artificial intelligence, or other computational techniques.

Application and more information

Please find more detailed information about the position on the homepage of Umeå University: You apply via Umeå University's electronic recruitment system by clicking the button at the bottom of the above page.

Application deadline is 2023-10-15.


For questions and more information about the programme and UPSC, please contact Professor Johannes Hanson, Head of Department of Plant Physiology: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Research Environment

The Department of Plant Physiology is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) which is a centre of excellence for experimental plant research and forest biotechnology in Northern Sweden. Our mission is to perform excellent and innovative basic research and generate knowledge that benefits forestry, agriculture, environment and society. We work across a wide range of disciplines in plant science reaching from cell biology to ecophysiology and from basic research to industrial applications. Our common goal is to understand the plants’ ability to grow, adapt and acclimate to a changing world and how we can breed better plants.

UPSC belongs to two universities, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Umeå University. About 200 people from more than 40 different nationalities work here. Approximately half of our staff is non-Swedish and the working language is English. We host some 30 principal investigators and about 10 associated principal investigators, and our researchers have access to state-of-the-art analytical platforms, unique tree germplasm resources and plant growth facilities. We strive for a collaborative work environment and support our scientists throughout all career stages by providing professional training opportunities and individual career mentoring.

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We look forward to receiving your application!