Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Oct 2022

About the position 

The position is connected with the Norwegian research infrastructure for bioinformatics, ELIXIR Norway ( ), which is a node in the pan-European infrastructure for bioinformatics. ELIXIR Norway is funded by The Research Council of Norway to enable safekeeping, use, and re-use of life science data for research and innovation. ELIXIR Norway is currently expanding its efforts into providing focused support towards open science research in biodiversity and precision medicine in Norway.

The postdoc position will focus on multi-omics analyses within precision medicine. The appointment has a duration of three years with no teaching duties. The postdoc position is available at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM ) at the bioinformatics and gene regulation research group and the Bioinformatics core facility (BioCore ) and will report to professor Pål Sætrom.

Duties of the position

The postdoc’s main responsibility will be on developing and implementing methods for multi-omics analyses in secure computational settings (HUNT Cloud, TSD, SAFE) and make such methods available and easily reusable within the ELIXIR infrastructure. This work will be done in the context of ongoing and new precision medicine projects at BioCore, where the postdoc will participate in planning experiments, managing and analysing data, and publishing and presenting results. Focus will be on projects involving diagnosis, prognosis, and patient stratification based on bulk, spatial and single cell omics data.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in bioinformatics, statistics, systems biology, or equivalent. If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position.
  • Documented experience in software development
  • Good written and oral English language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in next-generation sequencing analyses
  • Experience in transcriptomics analyses
  • Experience in multi-omics data integration
  • Experience in statistical analyses and visualization of large data sets in Python or R
  • Experience in pipeline development in Snakemake, Nextflow, or similar
  • Experience with software containerization in Docker or similar

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently and with scientific, experimental, or technological creativity
  • Motivated and excellent team player with positive attitude and with high ambitions on behalf of yourself and the group
  • Inquisitive with ambitions of acquiring new knowledge and skills

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The period of employment is 3 years (without teaching duties).

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.  

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application 

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
  • A list of up to five international peer-reviewed research articles that you consider to be the most relevant for the position. The list should include a justification of the articles’ relevance and a description of your contributions to the works
  • One page summarizing your planned research contributions within the field of multi-omics analyses
  • Name and address of three referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation. 

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. 

General information 

Working at NTNU 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality . 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.  

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Pål Sætrom, telephone +47 98203874, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR advisor Vebjørn F. Andreassen, e-mail:  

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 16.10.22 


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The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM):

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM) is NTNU’s largest department, with 450 employees. Our research and teaching help to improve treatment and health.

IKOM has expertise in basic, clinical and translational research within broad disciplinary areas. We study children’s and women’s health, cancers, blood disorders and infectious diseases, gastroenterology, inflammation, metabolic disorders, laboratory sciences and medical ethics. The Department offers teaching in medicine at master’s and PhD level. We also offer continuing education for employees in the health services.

Deadline 16th October 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
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