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PhD Scholarship in Bioinformatics at DTU Health Tech, Denmark, 2022

Denmark, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

DTU Health Tech is looking for a qualified candidate for a vacant PhD position in bioinformatics, at Technical University of Denmark – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Scholarship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Workplace:
DTU Health Tech
Technical University of Denmark
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Lyngby, Denmark

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Qualification Details

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 in addition to a bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS points).Ideally, your degree should be in computer science, mathematics or biological science with a focus on quantitative and mathematical aspects.More specifically you should ideally have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of a programming language like Python, Perl, C++ and/or Java (C/C++ is preferred)
  • Ability to work in a UNIX environment, ideally in a high-performance computing environment
  • Thorough understanding of basic algorithms and data structures used in computer science
  • Knowledge of probabilities and statistics
  • Firm grasp of first-year university mathematics (differential calculus/linear algebra)
  • Experience in bioinformatics and knowledge of metagenomics are a plus
  • Expertise in next-generation sequencing data generation and processing are also a plus

The language of communication at DTU is English.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Current bioinformatics algorithms and software are often ill-equipped to deal with DNA extracted from ancient sources. This ancient DNA shows high levels of fragmentation and accumulated chemical damage. Furthermore, ancient sediments often contain DNA from multiple species and often multiple individuals. Fortunately, several problems pertaining to ancient DNA can be described in a maximum-likelihood framework and computer science techniques can help us to solve such numerical problems efficiently via numerical algorithms and data structures. You will work in collaboration with other partners including the University of Copenhagen and McMaster University in order to develop the next generation of algorithms and software applied to DNA extract from fossils, ancient soils and sediments.

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Documents Required

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", 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 including official description of grading scale
  • Link to a code portfolio stored in repositories like GitHub/bitbucket is not required but helpful

About the Project

In this position, you will develop algorithms and computational methods to deal with the analysis of large datasets from modern and ancient sources. More specifically, these algorithms will be aimed at analyzing relationships between ancient and modern populations. The bioinformatics section of DTU Health Tech performs research in the areas of different metagenomics, cancer genomics and population genomics.

About the Department

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

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.

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. Start date as soon as possible.

You can read more about bioinformatics research at DTU Health Tech at www.healthtech.dtu.dk/english/Research/Research-Sections/Section-Bioinformatics

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


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Contact details

If you want to know more, please contact the potential main supervisor directly – Prof. Gabriel Renaud at: gabre [at] dtu.dk.

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