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PhD scholarship in Single Cell Bioinformatics – DTU Health Tech
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Job Description

Are you interested in becoming a bioinformatics researcher working with state-of-the-art methods and data? Would you like to contribute to research that will deepen our understanding of the interplay between the viruses and the immune system? Then this is the PhD project for you. In this project, you will be working with single cell proteomics and transcriptomics data from clinical trials testing virus vaccine strategies, as well as pre-clinical data from model organisms. During this project, you will be joining the Single Cell Omics group at the Section for Bioinformatics at the Technical University of Denmark.
About the Section for Bioinformatics at DTU Health Tech
In the Section for Bioinformatics, we combine knowledge of biology with informatics to study questions that are often relevant to human health but equally often of a fundamental nature. The groups of the Section cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from personalized medicine where we, amongst others, predict the optimal treatment based on an individual’s genome, to machine learning applied to receptor-ligand interactions in biological systems. This is done in close collaboration with research, industrial and medical partners with a focus on keeping our research as relevant as possible.
About the Single Cell Omics group
We are a bioinformatics outfit working on the development and application of data analysis tools, with a specific (though not exclusive) focus on single cell data, such as single cell cytometry (flow, mass, and barcode-based cytometry), single cell sequencing (tag-based, full transcript-based), and single cell mass spectrometry. We collaborate with clinicians on prognostics, diagnostics, and therapeutics for various diseases, including cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to handle, analyze, and communicate results from single cell studies of the immune response to viruses. You will apply existing tools for analysis of single cell data and develop new methods if gaps in the repertoire are identified.
The following requirements must be met by the successful candidate:

  • Strong background in biology (e.g. through a relevant degree programme or relevant work experience)
  • Strong programming skills

The following are desirable, but not required:

  • Experience working with data analysis in R (the research group you will be joining works primarily in R)
  • Experience working with RNA sequencing data
  • Experience working with, or working knowledge of single cell RNA sequencing data
  • Basic understanding of immunology

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 Associate Professor Lars Rønn Olsen.
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 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 September 1, 2024. 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 Lars Rønn Olsen, email: [email protected]
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 20 June 2024 (23:59 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

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.
With a vision to improve health and quality of life through technology, DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation based on technical and natural science. We educate tomorrow’s health tech engineers and create the foundation for new and innovative services and technologies for the globally expanding healthcare sector with its demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech’s expertise can be described through five overall research areas: Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Health, Personalised Therapy, Precision Diagnostics, and Sensory and Neural Technology. Our technologies and solutions are developed with the aim of benefiting people and creating value for society. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 140 PhD Students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 100 persons of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.
Technology for people
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 13,500 students and 6,000 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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  • Job Identification 3623
  • Job Category Phd
  • Posting Date 06/06/2024, 09:52 AM
  • Apply Before 06/20/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Ørsteds Plads, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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