Postdoc in deep learning for medical image analysis

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Computer Science and Communication, Stockholm, Sweden

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Department information

The position will be formally placed with the department for Computational Science and Technology (CST) at KTH, but work will be carried out at the Science for Life Laboratory. The CST department conducts research to understand and model physical and biological systems using computational techniques, which require efficient, high performance algorithms and implementations together with advanced visual analysis capabilities. For more information go to

The Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a collaboration between four universities in Stockholm and Uppsala: Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. It combines advanced technology with broad knowledge in translational medicine and molecular life sciences. Since 2013, SciLifeLab has a mission from the Swedish government to run infrastructure to support researchers nationally and to be an internationally leading center for large-scale analyses in molecular life sciences targeting research in health and environment. For more information, visit

Job description

This position is part of a collaboration with physicians from the Karolinska University Hospital. The main task will be to develop deep learning methods to analyse medical images, focusing on breast cancer. The successful applicant will apply his/her knowledge in deep learning to several types of medical images, including histological sections, mammograms, and possibly others. Generally, the goal will be towards predicting patient outcome, but we aim to develop models for specific predictors of patient outcome, such as tumour heterogeneity biomarkers and risk models. In additional to these medical applications, the successful candidate will also participate in theoretical research in deep learning and computer vision. Other duties include helping to mentor MSc and PhD students, and potential teaching duties.

The position is initially funded for one year, with a possibility for extension contingent upon funding and eligibility.


Candidates must have a PhD in computer science, computational science, or a related field received within the last three years. Proven knowledge and ability in one or more deep learning frameworks (Tensorflow, Keras, Torch, Caffe, etc) is absolutely required. Also required is knowledge of standard computer vision techniques and experience in implementing, analysing, and optimizing scientific applications for image analysis. Proficiency in one or two scientific computing languages (Python, Matlab, R) is required. Experience with parallel programming environments and cloud computing is a plus. Previous experience working with medical or biological images is also desirable.

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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications shall include the following documents:

  1. Statement of interest including a brief description of experience in deep learning
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Transcripts from university
  4. Reference contact information
  5. Representative publications (or other example of scientific writing)

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number D-2017-0814
  • Kevin Smith / Bitr universitetslektor, ,, +46 8 790 64 37
  • Maria Engman / HR-administratör,
Published 14.Nov.2017
Last application date 06.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET