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Postdoctoral or PhD position within genetic research at Rigshospitalet

The Copenhagen Hospital Biobank Unit, Department of Clinical Immunology, at Rigshospitalet has a postdoctoral or PhD research position available within genetic epidemiology research.

Our research is focused on two large genetic cohort studies:

-The Danish Blood Donor Study (DBDS) is an ongoing national epidemiological cohort study. DBDS includes more than 130,000 Danish blood donors with questionnaire data, blood samples and chip genotyping (GSA Illumina) data available (see

- Copenhagen Hospital Biobank (CHB) consists of 450,000 Danish patients, of which more than 200,000 have been genotyped (GSA Illumina).

The position is aimed at strengthening our research group within the field of genetic research. The research position is linked to collaborative projects with researchers at The University of Copenhagen (the Faculty of Health and Medical Science) and international collaborators. Analysis of data (genetics, biomarkers, registers, and questionnaires) will be performed at the national supercomputer Computerome.

As a member of the Copenhagen Hospital Biobank Unit, you will be part of a team of 5 technicians, 1 laboratory manager, 1 professor, 4 postdocs, 6 academics and a varying number of PhD and Master students.

Field of responsibilities:

As a postdoctoral or PhD researcher you will run your own genetic research project(s) as part of two major (CHB and DBDS) research collaborations within the research fields of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and iron metabolism. You will be responsible for characterizing a newly discovered rare genetic variant of importance in iron metabolism, blood pressure, and kidney function. Coordination between parties involved in the project is an essential task. Key international collaborators include departments at Radboud University, Netherland; Kings College, UK; and deCODE genetics, Iceland. Nationally, a close collaboration with departments of nephrology, hematology, gastroenterology is needed to identity study individuals and to complete the phenotypic characterization of the individuals carrying the genetic variant in question.

Your qualifications:

You are a medical doctor or have a master’s degree or a PhD in health sciences or equivalent.

  • Practical expertise in analyses of large genetic datasets in a Linux environment (Python or R) is an advantage
  • An open and collaborative mindset
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills in Danish (or similar Scandinavian language) and English - both in written and oral form is required
What we offer:

You will be a part of a committed and informal team, where skill and the creation of new scientific knowledge is highly valued. We offer a workplace with an international mindset focusing on research, teaching and innovation. There is a possibility of a research stay with collaborative international partners.

Work address: Dept. of Clinical Immunology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, Copenhagen.

Salary and contract terms

The employment is for 2 years (postdoc) or 3 years (PhD) and takes place in accordance with the current agreement in the Capital Region of Denmark.

Your application should contain the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae, including education and work experience
  • Diplomas
  • List of publications
The application must be written in English or Danish and received no later than Nov 25th, 2020.

For further information please contact:

Andreas Stribolt Rigas, MD, PhD;

Lise Wegner Thørner, Senior Researcher, MSc, PhD; .

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