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The Department of Information Technology conducts research and education in a spectrum of areas within Computer Science and Information Technology. The research is organized in five Divisions, and the Division of Visual Information and Interaction houses the Centre for Image Analysis, which has a long tradition of theoretical and applied research and graduate education in computerized image analysis and scientific visualization. The focus is on image processing as such, but also on developing better methods, algorithms and systems for applications within primarily life sciences, medicine, and digital humanities. For more information, see www.it.uu.se.

Research project
This PhD position is part of a recently started 5-year project and which is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The project is about understanding cell migration; a complex cellular process highly relevant to cancer. We will collect data and build models for single living cells in 4 dimensions; 3D-space and time, and apply a broad systems microscopy strategy by combining recently developed quantitative imaging and statistical modelling with emerging single cell omics. The project is a close multidisciplinary collaboration of leading experts from cell migration and microscopy (Staffan Strömblad, Karolinska Institutet), molecular tools (Ulf Landegren, Uppsala University), digital image processing and analysis (Carolina Wählby, Uppsala University), and two companies; Olink Biosciences and Sprint Biosciences.

Work assignment
Computerized image processing and analysis responsible for creating an automated approach for classifying cells based on their dynamic behaviour in time series of microscopy images. The candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with the project partners. Tasks include development of approaches for analysis of large-scale 4D microscopy image data, and methods will range from learning-based image segmentation and classification to large-scale statistical analysis.


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The candidates must have an MSc degree in bioinformatics, computer science or related areas relevant to the PhD topics. Good programming skills are required and expertise in digital image processing/analysis and machine learning is meriting. The PhD position is highly interdisciplinary and an understanding and/or interest in life science applications is meriting.

Language requirements:

Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written, are required.

Specific requirements:

The position is for four years, but may be extended by teaching and department duties (at most 20%). The PhD education also includes participation in courses related to the research subject.

Educational level:

Master Degree

How to apply:

Please mention NLP People as a source when applying


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