Assistant Professor of bioinformatics and ancient metagenomics

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 09 Feb 2022

The GLOBE Institute at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen seeks to appoint a temporary assistant professor of bioinformatics and ancient metagenomics to commence 1 May 2022 or soon as possible thereafter.

Information on the department can be found at:

Job description
We invite applications from candidates with research interests in bioinformatics and ancient metagenomics. We are looking for a skilled and highly motivated Assistant Professor with an exciting and ambitious research programme focused on pushing the boundaries within sedimentary ancient genomics and metagenomic bioinformatics to advance the molecular paleoecology science. Emphasis on human-environment interaction is desirable but not essential.    

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated/track-record of excellence in research and developing novel computational methods for the large-scale analysis of DNA from geological and archaeological sediments, ice-cores (and other geological deposits etc.). The ideal candidate will also have experience in international collaborative projects, as well as thorough experiences with public outreach and communication. A track-record of securing grant funding will be advantageous.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here: .

Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Bioinformatics and/or Metagenomics
  • You are highly experienced in developing computational methods and analysing metagenomic data.
  • You have an active interest in metagenomics and paleoecology
  • You have pre- and postgraduate teaching experience within within bioinformatics topics such as computational ecogenomics, DNA- or RNA sequence analysis, or next-generation sequencing data.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in computational biology and using and developing R/Python programs for data analysis
  • Experience in analysis of shotgun metagenomics data
  • Experience using machine learning to solve big data problems
  • Experience in cloud computing and using computational workflows like Snakemake or NextFlow.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and computational facilities.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of two year. The start date is 1 May 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter.
Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,000 DKK/approx. 4,700 EUR (October 2021 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact; Professor Kurt H. Kjær,,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  • List of publications
  • Teaching portfolio (If applicable)

  • Deadline for applications: 9 February 2022, 23.59pm CET
    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process
    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

    You can read about the recruitment process at

    The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

    Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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