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Postdoc position in pancreatic cancer research

The Sandelin group is looking to recruit a talented postdoctoral researcher to our highly dynamic research group working in the interface of computational biology and medical genomics.

The position is for two years, available tentatively from 1 June 2020 in an interdisciplinary project focused on genetic and micro-environmental drivers of pancreatic cancer. Characteristic hallmarks of the disease are several specific driver mutations and a dense, acidic microenvironment. The interplay between these factors in driving disease onset and progression is uncharacterized. In this project, an interdisciplinary team will address this question using state-of-the-art organoid models, genomics and advanced bioinformatics approaches.

Research environment

The project is a collaboration between Prof. Albin Sandelin, BRIC and Dept. of Biology, and Prof. Stine F. Pedersen, Dept. of Biology. The candidate will be based in Albin Sandelin’s group, and will work closely with a postdoc counterpart in the Stine F Pedersen lab and several PhD students in both labs. The two groups are located within 5 minutes walking distance in the Northern Campus of the University of Copenhagen. Together, the groups employ several postdocs, PhD students, and undergraduate students and provide a strong, international research environment. The project will additionally be affiliated with the Marie Curie ITN project “pHIoniC”, in which two PhD students are already recruited for the project (one in each group).

The Sandelin laboratory is a joint wet and dry lab focusing on medical and fundamental transcriptomics (see Highlights from the lab include:

  1. Anderson and Sandelin: Determinants of enhancer and promoter activities of regulatory elements. Nature Reviews Genetics 2019
  2. Boyd et al: Characterization of the enhancer and promoter landscape of inflammatory bowel disease from human colon biopsies. Nature Communications 2018
  3. Chen et al: Principles for RNA metabolism and alternative transcription initiation within closely spaced promoters. Nature Genetics 2016
  4. Arner et al: Transcribed enhancers lead waves of coordinated transcription in transitioning mammalian cells. Science 2015,
  5. Andersson et al: An atlas of active enhancers across the human body. Nature 2014

Project and specific qualifications

The candidate will be responsible for the computational analysis of RNA-seq and DNA-sequencing data derive from organoid models, and integrating these data with phenotypic measurements at defined time points. Work with additional data is also likely, including single cell RNA-seq and possibly CAGE data. This will be done in close collaboration with one computational PhD student and the experimental group.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent in bioinformatics or a mathematical discipline with a strong biological interest, and a substantial publication record in high-quality international journals focused on the analysis of genomics data. Candidates finishing their PhD before 1 May 2020 will also be considered. We require:

  • Strong experience in analyzing high-throughput sequencing data, in particular RNA-seq and variant calling
  • Documented experience in statistical analyses of such data, including expression analysis, as well as quality control and visualization
  • Experience in statistical genetics and statistical modelling is a large advantage
  • Strong programming skills in Python and R, or equivalents, and experience using linux/unix platforms
  • Excellent English skills
  • One or more first authorships in well-respected bioinformatics or genomics journals
  • A passion for working in a highly interdisciplinary environment.
Experience in multivariate statistics, network and time course analysis and sequence analysis are strong advantages. Similarly, experience/knowledge in cancer and cell biology is an advantage. Although the focus will be on computational work, the candidate will be working closely together with experimental scientists, and will be expected to understand the experiments and underlying biology and fruitfully interact with other specialists.

Job description

The position is available for a 2-year period and your key tasks as a postdoc at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Write scientific articles
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Prof. Albin Sandelin ( or Prof. Stine F. Pedersen (

The position is open from 1 June 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

While negotiation for salary supplement is possible, the starting salary is currently up to 434,179 DKK/year including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74,244).

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include, as one single file:

• Letter of introduction, explaining your interest and suitability for the position

• Curriculum vita

• Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)

• Complete publication list

• Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

• 2-3 letters of recommendation

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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