Application deadline: 28 February 2022

To all current and prospective 1st year PhD students in Bioinformatics,

You are invited to apply to MedBioInfo, the National Graduate School in Medical Bioinformatics, established to provide advanced training in bioinformatics to the next generation of world-class life-science researchers. Our 43 affiliated faculty members include most of the leading bioinformaticians in Sweden, and we also draw on the faculty of NORBIS, our Norwegian sister school. In January 2021 we for the first time admitted an incoming class which was 50% female, substantially higher than the field in general, after a purely merit-based evaluation. We hope to also increase admissions of underrepresented minorities.

The faculty and fellow students will form a key part of your future scientific network. Our courses are short, worth 3 or 5 HP(ECTS). Each course typically requires a one-week at-home pre-assignment, one week in residence (or, during the crisis, by zoom), and (often) a one-week take-home post-assignment. You would typically take two courses per year, for a total of 3 years. The courses are more specialised than can be provided by your home university. You will be matched with a faculty mentor, providing a perspective and advice complementary to that of your advisor. Crisis permitting, we will hold an annual meeting where you will attend faculty talks and soft-skills workshops, present your research, network, and get feedback. You will be granted a yearly travel budget. Best of all, this should be fun.

You are eligible to apply if you began or will begin your PhD between January 2021 and June 2022. However there is some flexibility in this. Target groups include PhD students in Life Science doing primarily computational research.Selection criteria include your CV, transcript, and the relevance of your research project. You will also need an endorsement letter from your advisor and a suitable laptop. We strive to have a broad distribution of Swedish home universities as well as a continued good gender balance.

You will be expected to attend your first course, “Applied Bioinformatics,” as will be announced on Several of our core courses require programming in Python. If your Python background is weak, you will need to strengthen your skills before your first course. There are many online courses for this, and we also recommend Shaw’s “Python 3 the hard way.” When traveling to MedBioInfo courses and events, please consider the pandemic as well as the climate.

Our enrollment target is approximately 20 incoming students per year, though we have admitted more in recent years. Feel free to email me with any questions. We look forward to reading your application.Are you ready? Then click the button below to get started:

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