The Center for Health Data Science at the Faculty of Health
and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, is offering a combined
Research Assistant-PhD scholarship (five months plus three years,
respectively) in multi-disciplinary application of data science
approaches to investigate autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) and
co-occurring conditions. Starting date is expected to be August 1, 2021.
Center for Health Science Data
The Center for Health Data Science (HeaDS) is a newly formed center at
the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, which is a hub for data
science research at the Faculty and offers support to other research
groups. Around 20 top researchers/research groups are members of the
Center and we aim to establish more groups within the Center and create a
world-class research environment for health data science with close
links to the many experimental and clinical groups at the Faculty. HeaDS
is located at the Panum Institute. The project will be in the group of
Assistant Professor Tugce Karaderi.
The project will make use of state-of-the art
data science approaches to study the (genomic) epidemiology and
pathophysiology of AITD, which is one of the most common endocrine
conditions worldwide. Having AITD increases the risk for adverse
cardiovascular, metabolic, psychological, reproductive conditions as
well as thyroid cancer and other immune-mediated diseases, while
affecting the quality of life of the patients. We will use a
multi-disciplinary and integrative approach combining various data
types. The project will (1) define disease co-morbidities and patient
profiles in multiple large datasets such as the Danish registries
involving longitudinal analyses, and (2) investigate the genomics of
AITD and its co-morbidities to more precisely understand the relevant
risk factors and biological mechanisms, and hence, offer novel
approaches for more personalized healthcare to the patients, most of
whom require life-long treatment, as well as to the individuals at risk.
- A master degree in Bioinformatics, Genomics, Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Physics, Engineering or similar
- Strong programming experience in R and/or Python
- Excellent command of English (written and oral communication)
- Either experience with genomic epidemiology or with deep learning (e.g. Pytorch)
- Experience with the application of epidemiological and/or data science approaches in biological/medical research.
It is expected that applicants have a passion for medical
applications of data science. Experience in bioinformatics in general, a
good understanding of math/statistics, and familiarity with multi-omics
datasets and machine learning will be considered advantageous.
Your key tasks as an RA/PhD student at the Faculty are to:
- Carry through an independent research project under supervision
- Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project
- Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
- Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
- Participate in national and international conferences and scientific meetings
- Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants:
- Professional qualifications relevant to the position
- Relevant work experience
- Previous publications
- Grades and grade point average achieved
- Other professional activities
- Language skills
The research will be performed under the supervision of Assistant Professor Tugce Karaderi.
Apply by clicking "Apply online" below. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.
Applications - in English - must include:
- Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying.
Make sure to include a description for why this particular research
project is interesting for you.
- Diploma and transcripts of records (including grades)
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications and/or manuscripts (if any), peer reviewed and others
- Possible references (with contact details – email and telephone numbers) and minimum two letters of recommendation.
The closing date for applications is 23.59, June 1, 2021. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.
After the expiry of the deadline for
applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for
assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants
are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed
for assessment. An expert assessment committee is appointed in order to
make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post.
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and
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 jobportal.ku.dk.
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March
2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities
Read about the recruitment process.
The main criteria for selection will be the candidate’s research potential and the above-mentioned skills.
Terms of employment:
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for a
total of 3 years and 5 months – the first five months as research
assistant and the following 3 years as PhD student, and
employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed
by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations). The transfer to employment as a PhD
student after the first five months is conditioned upon a positive
assessment of the candidate’s research performance during the first five
months as well as acceptance of enrolment in the Graduate School at the
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
For specific information about the position, please contact Assistant Professor Tugce Karaderi, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Any questions regarding the application process or administrative
queries of any kind should be directed to HR Partner Ditte Maria Bohn, email@example.com .
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