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Postdoc position in Bioinformatics and Metagenomics

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


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We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc researcher for a 2 year position, to commence on 1 January 2022 or soon hereafter at at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, UCPH, Denmark

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General Info

Position: Postdoc position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: October 18, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 34,900 DKK/Month

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

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Qualification Details

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Bioinformatics
  • You are highly experienced in machine learning on biological data
  • You have an active interest in metagenomics and microbiome research
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in computational biology and using R/Python for data analysis
  • Experience in using machine learning
  • Experience in analysis of shotgun metagenomics data

Responsibilities/Job Description

Your task will be to develop and extend our machine learning algorithms for discovery of plasmids in large scale metagenomics data. You will work with a curated dataset of plasmid sequences generated using short and long-read metagenomics sequencing data by a world-leading lab. You will use this curated dataset to build a machine learning algorithm that can identifying plasmids from metagenomics binning methods on hundreds of thousands of metagenomics samples. The methods that will be extended are VAMB and PHAMB that have been developed in our lab. You will work closely together with the Microbiome part of the group and will partly supervise a PhD student and take part in organizing and teaching a PhD-course on Deep Learning for Multi-omics data.

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Documents Required

Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

About the Department

The Human Proteome Variation group ( is part of the Diseases Systems Biology program and led by Associate Professor Simon Rasmussen. The group focus on developing and applying computational methods to human variation data, especially genome, proteome, microbiome and clinical data. A focus interest of the group is to develop and apply deep learning for integration of such dataset to generate new biological knowledge. We develop bioinformatics methods using either public data or data generated from our collaborators. The team spirit is inclusive, and we promote diversity.

The position will be in the Human Proteome Variation group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – CPR comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, general characterization of disease mechanisms, and bioinformatics. The Programme for Disease Systems Biology (DSB) consists of three research groups covering many systems level aspects of biology and medicine, including large scale analysis of human variation data and integration of molecular-level and healthcare data.

The position is part of an international project that focus on developing and extending our deep learning methods for identification of plasmid sequences in hundreds of thousands of metagenome samples. We will use this method to perform large scale discovery of plasmids and link these to the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Note or Other details

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,900 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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Contact details

For further information please contact Simon Rasmussene-mail;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

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