Postdoc in Bioinformatics at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 01 Nov 2020

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic scientist for a one year position, who can commence on December 15, 2020, or as soon as possible.

The position is part of a collaboration between ICMM and CPR to study the observed sex differences of severely affected patients with COVID-19, by integration of targeted genetic data with personal and nation-wide electronic health records.

Information on ICMM and CPR can be found at: and .

The project
Genetic variants in/around candidate host genes that are potentially linked to the present endemic coronavirus infection will be detected by targeted deep sequencing of cohorts of COVID-19 patients with milder and more severe symptoms. The detected genetic variants will then be imputed into larger population-based cohorts and linked to nation-wide electronic health records.

Your job
You will be involved in handling and analysis of next generation sequencing data, e.g. derived from both short (e.g. Illumina) and long read (Nanopore) sequencing, and integration of these data with existing knowledge about gene/protein function, gene regulation and the 3D-organisation of the human genome.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills :

  • You have a PhD in Bioinformatics or similar competences.
  • You are experienced in the handling and analysis of next generation sequencing data.
  • You have an active interest in linking human variation data to disease mechanisms.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Desirable experience and skills :

  • Experience/knowledge of next generation sequencing data, desirably also participate in the establishment and subsequent handling/analysis of Nanopore sequencing data.
  • Experience/knowledge of  sequence assembly, variant calling techniques, analysis of structural variation, and sex-specific genome differences.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), University of Copenhagen. ICMMoffers a creative and ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. ICMM aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context.

ICMM currently comprises five research programs, three high profile Research Centers as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen.

More information can be found at .

Terms of employment
The employment as Postdoc is a full time (37 working hours in average per week) and fixed-term position for 1 year. Starting date is December 15, 2020, or after agreement.

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 DKK 34,655 / approx. EUR 4,650 (April 2020-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.

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

The position is covered by the 'Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities' of January 1, 2020.

For further information please contact professor Niels Tommerup ( ) or Professor Søren Brunak ( ); .

Application procedure
Your online 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.
  • 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.

    Application deadline: Sunday 1 November 2020, 23.59 p.m. CET.

    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.

    Interviews are expected to be held in week 47.

    The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7,850 students, 1,700 PhD students and 4,800 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

    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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