Research Assistant in Data statistics

Updated: 29 days ago

We are looking for a research assistant who will help us manage our databases and provide data handling assistance to the advisory services conducted at the National Food Institute.    

The Research Group for Genomic Epidemiology conducts research and advisory services with the aim of predicting and preventing infectious diseases in humans and animals, and supporting detection, surveillance and control. The research combines expertise in conventional and molecular microbiology with statistical modelling, epidemiology and bioinformatics. The group provides research-based consulting regarding foodborne diseases, antimicrobial resistance and use of antibiotics in animals to both Danish and international authorities.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Are you interested in database designs and data management applications, and want to contribute to our efforts in improving public health by strengthening surveillance and control of zoonotic and infectious diseases, then you might be our new research assistant.

You will be responsible for:

  • Collating and compiling datasets for advice and research projects from: 
    • The National Surveillance Databases related to animal production and food safety,
    • National and international bioinformatics data sources, using Centre for Genomics bioinformatics pipelines,  
    • Other surveillance and research projects, as well as datasets provided by The Danish Veterinarian and Food Authorities or Industry partners.  
  • Designing and maintaining project databases on our SQL server, 
  • Setting up visualisation dash boards for national and global surveillance data,
  • Storing of data descriptions, data management plans and resolving GDPR issues related to the project databases.

You will work closely with our group of database- and web developers, as well as colleagues responsible for advice and research with a background in natural sciences (biologist, veterinarians, medical doctors, biochemists, biotechnology engineers).

The candidate must hold a master degree within data sciences, or equivalent work experience with database structures and handling of large datasets. Knowledge of contents and use of one or more of the National Surveillance Databases related to animal production and food safety will be preferred.

The candidate must have experience with:

  • SQL programming,
  • Data management programming, preferably R, SAS or Python,
  • Microsoft office Excel data functions.

You must have good skills in collaboration and abilities to work on different tasks simultaneously, as well as prioritising multiple of different tasks. In addition, we expect you to be interested in collaboration and take personal responsibility for your work.

  • You enjoy working with complex topics,
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork,
  • You are focused on the process as well as the outcome.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

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The period of employment is 2 years.

Further information
If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Professor Frank M. Aarestrup, fmaa@food.dtu.dk , +45 3588 6281.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 16 April 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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