PhD scholarship in Clinical Bioinformatics - DTU Health Tech

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Are you interested in becoming a bioinformatics researcher working to improve the treatment and prognoses of colorectal cancer patients? Then this is the position for you. You will join the ongoing efforts of researchers at the Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark and the Center for Surgical Science (CSS) at the University Hospital Zealand in Køge. The overall aim of this project is to integrate phenotypic data from national population-wide registries with multi omics data generated to characterize colorectal cancer samples and ultimately predict postoperative recurrence of the disease.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The successful candidate will work on analyzing and integrating multiple data modalities, ranging from gene expression profiling, immunophenotyping using immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry, and mucosa-associated bacterial composition. You will apply existing tools or develop new methods if gaps in the repertoire are identified.

The following requirements must be met by the successful candidate:

  • Experience working with gene expression data
  • Strong programming skills

The following features are highly desirable, but not strictly required:

  • Experience working with cytometry data
  • Experience working with data analysis in R (the research group you will be joining works in R)
  • Experience working with cancer data

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Ole Lund, Associate Professor Lars Rønn Olsen, and Professor Ismail Gögenur. 

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.

CSS ( ) is offering a multidisciplinary research environment hosting a detailed phenotypic data environment with the possibility for integrating research data generated in flow cytometry, transcriptomics, proteomics and microbiomics in order to generate future integrative platforms that can be implemented in clinical care. There is both a datascience lab and wet lab on site, that will provide a good possibility for integrating this phd student in both research environments across DTU and CSS.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is as soon as possible. The position is a full-time position.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Ole Lund, e-mail: .

You can read more about the department of Health Technology and the Section for Bioinformatics at  and .

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 April 2023(Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • Letters of recommendation (not mandatory)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Health Tech educates the engineers of the future, and develop new technology and solutions with a vision to improve people's life before, during and after they are patients. We do this in close collaboration with the health sector, industry, academia and other health partners, because we believe that the best results and ideas often occur in a close collaboration between different sectors. At DTU Health Tech, we have identified six Flagships that define our department, and where we in particular invite external partners for collaboration. The department's unique interdisciplinary academic environment with competences in among other things physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and computer science support our goal of developing world-class technology, knowledge and innovation in the health area to benefit patients and society.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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