Bioinformatics position in the new informatics cluster supporting the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centers for Stem Cell Biology and Protein Research – University of Copenhagen

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07 September 2017

Bioinformatics position in the new informatics cluster supporting the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centers for Stem Cell Biology and Protein Research

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The position will provide bioinformatics support, develop new pipelines, and organize practical courses to help our scientists analyze and interpret their next-generation sequencing (NGS) data.

Bioinformatics position in the new informatics cluster supporting the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centers for Stem Cell Biology and Protein Research. 
Bioinformatics position in the new informatics cluster supporting the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centers for Stem Cell Biology and Protein Research 
The NNF Centers for Protein Research (CPR) and Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) at Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen are establishing a new integrated informatics core that will cover a range of technologies.  This new core was recently expanded to include bioinformatics as a result of our establishing a new platform for single cell sequencing. We are currently looking for an ambitious bioinformatician who will assist with NGS analysis with in this core and provide new bioinformatics pipelines to individual scientists with in both centers.  The individual will be imbedded in a bioinformatics core with expertise that will include NGS, proteomics, and image data analysis.  The bioinformatician will join the centers starting from November 2017 or upon specific agreement.
DanStem was established as a result of a series of international recruitments coupled with internationally recognized research groups focused on insulin producing beta cells and cancer research already located at the University of Copenhagen. Current work in DanStem spans a broad range of stem cell and developmental biology and involves state of the art technologies including imaging and single cell NGS technologies.  DanStem currently hosts 12 research groups, which are working in wet lab and tissue culture laboratories that are equipped for working with both Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs) and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC). Together with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research DanStem is currently operating three scientific platforms: an Imaging facility, a flow cytometry platform and a sequencing facility. The platforms are staffed with experts and provide advanced training along with assistance in using the state-of-the art technologies. DanStem and the CPR recently collaborated to establish a single cell sequencing platform and the new informatics platform will build on the collaborative bridges initiated as a result of this new platform.   
CPR has been 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 consists of the Big Data Management platform, which handles the data from other technology platforms, as well as two research groups that cover many systems-level aspects of biology and medicine, including the integration of molecular-level data and healthcare data, including biomedical texts. 
Job description 
The job will sit at the nexus of the two centers and astride several existing joint efforts to bridge computational technologies including image analysis and single cell sequencing. The tasks associated with this position will include providing bioinformatics support to our scientists, constructing pipelines for their analyses, and running courses that will help them acquire bioinformatics literacy.  In particular this position will be responsible for developing and executing projects with other center scientists and helping them to make the best use of their own data and that already in the public domain.  
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  •  Candidates must hold a Master and/or PhD degree in computational biology/bioinformatics or have similar relevant educational background and experience
  • Proficiency in at least one of the scripting languages (e.g. Python) is required 
  • Sound statistic and fluent programming skills in R/Bioconductor is essential 
  • At least two years of experience in the analysis of NGS data, particularly data related to gene expression and regulation   
  • Knowledge of UNIX-like operating system 
  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaborations or bioinformatics services will be an advantage
  • Scientific understanding of molecular biology and genomics is beneficial
  • Good English communication skills, both oral and written, are prerequisite for the successful candidate


We offer you 

  • Stimulating, challenging and multifaceted research environment 
  • Possibility for continued education and training 
  • Attractive employment conditions 
The employment has an initial duration until the end of 2020 with a possibility of extension. The employment is scheduled to start November 2017 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate. The place of work is at DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, Copenhagen. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary). Depending on qualifications, a supplement due to qualifications may be negotiated. 
The application must include 
  •  Motivation letter 
  • Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills 
  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s) 
  • Three letters of reference 
For further information about the position, please contact
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Only applications received in time and consisting of the above listed documents will be considered.  
Applications and/or any material received after deadline will not be taken into consideration. 
Application deadline: 30-11-2017
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