PhD scholarship in Clinical Bioinformatics
The Bioinformatics Centre, University of Copenhagen is recruiting one PhD student to work on gene regulation transcriptomics projects in the Albin Sandelin research group, with a focus on computational work. The Sandelin group is a joint computational/experimental group working on medical transcriptomics with a strong focus on gene regulation via promoters and enhancers. Place of employment
The Bioinformatics Centre employs around 25 researchers, and has many international connections to high-profile groups. The groups are housed in the newly built Biocenter in central Copenhagen, Denmark.
This position will be funded by grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Lundbeck Foundation. Area of research
The successful candidate will work mainly on analyzing massive transcriptomic datasets from clinical samples from a variety of diseases (including, but not limited to, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diabetes), using state of the art computational methods. This includes analysis of data generated by the Sandelin Group, as well as publically available databases such as FANTOM, ENCODE and GWAS Catalog. Qualifications
Although the work will be computational, the candidate will be working closely together with biologist and medical professionals and be expected to be able to interpret complicated biological and clinical problems, making a strong biological background essential in addition to a core computational skill set.
Specifically, we require extensive experience with Linux/Unix systems and scripting languages such as R and python, and complete familiarity in using these to analyze large biological datasets. We will strongly prioritize candidates with previous experience in using CAGE-data and similar technologies used for analyzing promoter and enhancer expression and regulation in clinical samples, as well as a strong background in areas related to biomedicine and pathology, preferably with some wet lab experience. Experience in working with human population genetic data is beneficial.
Full fluency and working proficiency in spoken and written English is a strong requirement. The position includes partaking in teaching courses offered by the Sandelin Lab aimed at students from both the Molecular Biomedicine and Bioinformatics programs offered at the faculty of Science. Application
Applicants are requested to submit their application electronically below including:
- A motivated letter of application (one page)
- Curriculum Vitae
- List of publications, if relevant
- Bachelor and Master’s diploma and transcripts
- Documented knowledge of spoken and written English (e.g. if Bachelor or Master thesis was written in English)
- Full contact details of two to three persons of reference
An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. Information about the PhD program at the Faculty of Science can be found at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/research/phd
Candidates expecting to finish their master thesis before this date are also eligible to apply. Terms of salary and employment
Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The starting salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 305.290 annually (April 2014 level) plus pension contribution with the possibility of salary negotiation.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is December 6, 2014.
Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered. It is expected that the successful candidate will be enrolled at the PhD School of Science during spring 2015 or soon thereafter. Contact person
Albin Sandelin: firstname.lastname@example.org. Description of the Albin Sandelin research group can be found at http://people.binf.ku.dk/albin