Postdoc in data science, bioinformatics or computational biology in human microbiome

Updated: 17 days ago
Deadline: 28 Mar 2021

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

University of Copenhagen 

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic researcher to work on computational analysis of multi-omics data from the human gut microbiome with the Arumugam Group for Microbiome Systems Biology. The position is a 3-year position to start June 1 2021 or after agreement.


The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research’s vision is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding of the mechanisms that underlie metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge towards new prevention and treatment strategies. We were established in 2010, and in 2017, we moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower

The Center has around 240 employees who work in an international, highly collaborative research environment across a range of biomedical disciplines. You can read more about us here: .

Our group and research

The Arumugam Group investigates how health and diseases are influenced by our gut microbiome; how the gut microbiome interacts with the host and environmental factors, and how we can therapeutically modulate the gut microbiome to improve health. You can read more about the Arumugam Group here

Project description

The advertised position is part of MICROB-PREDICT project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework. MICROB-PREDICT investigates the gut-liver axis in late-stage liver cirrhosis using host-microbial multi-omics to identify biomarkers for late cirrhosis and predict response to treatment. Successful candidates will be integrating these multi-omics data from microbiome (including metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, viral metagenomics, metabolomics, metaproteomics) and host (genetics, proteomics, circulating metabolomics) in collaboration with the workpackage co-leader European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-Heidelberg) and other project partners in MICROB-PREDICT. More information about MICROB-PREDICT can be found at

Your job

The candidate will be responsible for developing novel tools to analyze microbiome and multi-omics data in the context of late liver cirrhosis, while also incorporating and improving existing state-of-the-art tools. The candidates are expected to participate in and lead existing projects within MICROB-PREDICT; and are highly encouraged to initiate new cutting-edge research projects. The candidates are also expected to interact and collaborate with other medical researchers, biologists, and bioinformaticians in the Centre and the MICROB-PREDICT consortium, to enhance and ensure proper interpretation of experimental results.

In addition, you must have excellent communication and organisational skills as you will contribute to collaborative work with colleagues in the Arumugam group and at the Center.


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

  • PhD in bioinformatics, or in computer science (informatics) with experience in bioinformatics research, or in biology with strong experience in software development
  • Academic preparation as well as experience in machine learning and statistical analysis
  • Strong programming skills in C/C++, Python or Perl
  • Experience in statistical computing environments such as R
  • Experience in high performance computing environment using any flavor of UNIX
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork
  • Proven track record showing scientific productivity in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience in supervising other researchers at different levels
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

The following qualifications are highly preferred, but not required. Candidates who possess any of these qualifications are encouraged to highlight them in the application:

  • Experience in application of deep-learning to biological problems
  • Basic understanding of human disease biology and/or microbiology
  • Experience in analyzing metagenomic datasets from human gut microbiota
  • Experience in handling multi-omics data, including metabolomics and proteomics
  • Experience in distributed and cloud computing technologies
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics programming environments such as BioPython/BioPerl

Place of employment

The place of employment is at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is June 1 2021.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. 

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. 

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of January 2020.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Mani Arumugam at . For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at .

International applicants may find these links useful (International Staff Mobility) and

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:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. 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

4. List of publications

Application deadline: 28 March 2021, 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 wishes 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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