Postdoc position in Disease Systems Biology

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 17 Jun 2019

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

A postdoc position is available in the Translational Disease Systems Biology group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – ) to commence on 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Center has been established at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied discovery research on human proteins of medical relevance. The Center comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, bioinformatics and general characterization of disease mechanisms. The Programme for Disease Systems Biology consists of three research groups covering many systems level aspects of biology and medicine, including the integration of molecular-level data and healthcare data, for example laboratory test data and biomedical texts.

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Responsibilities and tasks

The Translational Disease Systems Biology group ( ) led by Søren Brunak focuses on establishing early competitive advantage in disease-relevant computational analysis across the general areas of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, systems biology and medical informatics. The candidate will be working in the EU-ToxRisk consortium, a H2020-funded pan-European research consortium, aiming to deliver strategies to enable reliable animal-free hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. One goal of the EU-ToxRisk consortium is to integrate advancements in system biology and computational modelling to define the complex chains of events that link chemical exposure to toxic outcome. The candidate will focus on data analysis of genomic data and impact of genetic variations in toxicity events using computational systems biology methods. The candidates will utilize data integration, structural bioinformatics statistical genetics and pathway-based methods to identify genetic variations associated to toxicology.


Candidates for the postdoctoral positions must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). The successful candidates will have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics and computational biology with experience in high-throughput data and pathway analysis, as well as health informatics
  • Strong expertise in programming (Python, R, Perl or other)
  • Knowledge of data modelling, predictive modelling and machine learning
  • Basic understanding of human biology and disease development
  • Chemoinformatics and systems toxicology and/or knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences with knowledge in risk assessment and pharmacovigilance
  • Project management of interdisciplinary research projects within translational bioinformatics

The translational disease systems biology is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with many other research groups nationally and internationally. Strong networking and team player skills are therefore preferred. As the candidate may run several projects in parallel, strong organizational skills and the ability to keep an overview are important.

Place of employment and work

The employment is at CPR ( ), University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center. The selected candidate should expect some travel activity.

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Terms of salary and employment

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for all international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, where the pension will be paid as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes: .

Duration: 2 years

Application procedure

Your application should be submitted electronically to .

Your application should include the following documents:

  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education and experience
  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s)
  • List of publications

The deadline for application is 17 June 2019 at 23:59 CET.

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 by an expert assessment committee. 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

For further information about the position or the process, please contact CPR by email .

CPR and the University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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