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Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics, Section of Integrated Physiology

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) has been established at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen to conduct fundamental research on metabolism ( The center, which consists of five scientific sections and a number of international research satellites, was established through an unrestricted grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Section of Integrative Physiology is aiming at expending its bioinformatics platform to analyze transcriptomics and epigenetics datasets.

Project description
The circadian clock, an intrinsic molecular system in nearly all cells, is a key element in homeostatic regulation that controls a large collection of metabolic genes. Disruption of the circadian clock is linked to the development of metabolic disorders including Type-2 Diabetes. Importantly, intimate links between epigenetic regulation and the circadian clock exist that are likely to contribute to the plasticity of insulin sensitive organs to exercise and nutrition. However, the molecular mechanisms explaining these interactions are yet to be identified.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc in bioinformatics to establish and run pipelines and to deliver analytical outputs. The applicant will be expected to work and consult with colleagues concerning issues of data analysis and interpretation.

Candidates with additional background in mathematical modelling, machine learning and molecular biology would be highly regarded.

Selection criteria

Essential criteria

  • PhD in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or Computational Biology
  • Very strong experience in R and/or Python programming languages
  • Solid experience with the Linux/UNIX environment, command lines and shell scripting
  • Experience with next generation sequencing applications: RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Bisulfite-Seq (or Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing)
  • Experience with applying statistical and mathematical methods to biological problems
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective team work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in collecting and processing large-scale scientific data
  • Knowledge in cell biology and physiology
  • Interest in having a supportive role and assisting wet-lab scientists with their analyses
The holder of the position will report to the Director of the Integrative Physiology Section (Prof. Juleen Zierath) and the Deputy Director (A/Prof. Romain Barrès).
The holder of the position is expected to interact with staff at all levels, both internally and externally, regarding relevant research topics.

Employment Conditions
CBMR is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow for a time-limited 2-year project. Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The gross basic salary range for Postdoctoral Fellows is DKK 33,224 to DKK 37,980 per month (level 6 to 8). To the basic salary a supplement could be negotiated, dependent on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. An additional 17.1% monthly contribution to pension will be paid by the employer.

The starting date is 1st of June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Romain Barrès,
For administrative questions, please write to

The application must be submitted on-line and in English, by clicking on “Apply online”. The following documents should be included:

  • Letter of motivation addressing all the above essential criteria (max 2 pages)
  • CV without list of publications.
  • Complete list of publications (only published or accepted publications in peer reviewed journals).

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2018 at 23:59 CET.

Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

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 by an Expert Assessment Committee. Selected applicants will be 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

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

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