Postdoc at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 29 Jul 2021

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a postdoc for an 18 months position to come and join us in the Translational Disease Systems Biology group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – ). 

CPR comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, general characterization of disease mechanisms, and bioinformatics. The Programme for Disease Systems Biology covers systems level aspects of biology and medicine, including the integration of molecular-level data and EHR data, such as laboratory test data, images and biomedical texts. You will be joining a group in the Programme for Disease Systems Biology ( ) led by Professor Søren Brunak that focuses on establishing early competitive advantage in disease-relevant computational analysis across the general areas of bioinformatics, systems biology and medical informatics. We are a diverse and highly multidisciplinary group, which is dynamic and ambitious with many renowned scientific collaborations both nationally and internationally.

Your job
The postdoc will work on using bioinformatics and genomic approaches to further our understanding of pregnancy loss and reproductive health. In doing so the postdoc will utilise electronic healthcare records, genetic data and biomedical images (ultrasounds) to investigate pregnancy loss and its subtypes. The postdoc will identify novel phenotypes from the high dimensional data that are associated with pregnancy loss. As part of the project, the postdoc will map these phenotypes to a clinical space to produce hypotheses and outcomes with translational potential. This will lead to identification of genetic and clinical biomarkers for pregnancy loss and its subtypes. Previous work using high dimensional biomedical data, including biomedical images, will be an advantage.

Candidates for the postdoc positions must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). The successful candidates are expected to have strong qualifications or proven experience within the majority of the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics and computational biology with experience in health informatics and a strong background in genetics.  
  • Strong expertise in programming (R and Python).
  • Solid experience with Linux/UNIX operating system, command lines and shell scripting.
  • Experience with handling, quality control, and analysis of large-scale biomedical datasets such as electronic health record data or genetic data (sequencing/genotyping data) in a High-Performance Compute setting.
  • An interest in reproductive health and related issues.
  • Experience in handling biomedical imaging and image analysis.
  • Strong relationship building ability between academic and clinical environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, and fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Project management of interdisciplinary research projects within translational bioinformatics.

The translational disease systems biology is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with many other research groups nationally and internationally. Strong networking and team player skills are therefore preferred. As the candidate may run several projects in parallel, strong organizational skills and the ability to keep an overview are important.

Place of employment and work
The employment is at CPR ( ), University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center. The selected candidate should expect some travel activity. 

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Terms of salary and employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 18 months. Starting date is 1 November 2021.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,800 DKK/ approx. 4,600 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish 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.

Duration: 18 months

Application procedure
Your application should be submitted electronically by clicking the link below. 

Your application should include the following documents:

  • Motivated letter of application 
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education and experience
  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s)
  • List of publications
  • Deadline for application: 29 July 2021

    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 . 

    For further information about the position or the process, please contact CPR: . 

    CPR and the University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates 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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