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147083 Associate Professor of Computational Disease Systems Biology

Associate Professor of Computational Disease Systems Biology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor to the Translational Disease Systems Biology group at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – The Center was 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 (DSB) consists of two 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.

The Translational Disease Systems Biology group ( is part of DSB and 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.

Job description
The associate professor will work in a multidisciplinary project team. The candidate will be deeply involved in the development of personalised medicine in Denmark with particular focus on design and analysis of next-generation sequencing experiments from hospital patients. One goal of the research will be to develop and apply systems for analysis of NGS data from massive scale human sequencing experiments which will be produced in close collaboration with medical research teams. Examples of diseases could be psychiatric diseases as well as heart diseases, but the candidate should also take a general approach to personalised medicine and work across rare and common diseases. The research may also include microbiome or other biomedical data as well as integration of the genetic data with other data sources such as clinical and electronic health records. The candidate could also take part in developing machine learning and deep learning approaches for data processing and integration.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

Research, including publication/academic dissemination
Research-based teaching, including associated examination
Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
Academic assessments

Required qualifications
The candidate must hold a PhD degree in bioinformatics and have experience in genomics, bioinformatics, machine learning and systems biology with a proven publication history. Experience with analysis of large-scale human sequencing datasets is a must and programming in high-performance computing environments, e.g. bash, command-line tools, R, python etc. is needed. Experience with deep learning is an advantage and experience in omics data integration is a plus.

The successful candidate will have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics and systems biology
  • Data analysis of large scale next generation sequencing of human genomic data
  • Machine learning and deep learning within bioinformatics
  • Project management of interdisciplinary research projects within personalised medicine
  • Knowledge of biomedical resources and high performance computing infrastructures
The successful candidate will have a broad network of international collaborators and will have proven experience presenting his/her work in international conferences.

Place of employment
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.

For more information on working and living in Denmark, visit (International staff mobility)

Terms of employment
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.

For further information please contact please contact Søren Brunak, +45 20 67 24 77.

The application must be submitted in English and must include the following:

  • Application, including reasons for applying for this position (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • Diplomas – all relevant certificates
  • Research plan (3-5 pages)
  • Copies of publications to be considered in the assessment (max 5)
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (link to portfolio guidelines:

Application procedure
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. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. 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
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications are accepted. The closing date for applications is 22 April 2018.

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