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Professor MSO in Genomic Bioinformatics

Department of Biology 
Faculty of Science 
University of Copenhagen 
Center for Genomic Medicine,  
Copenhagen University Hospital,  
The introduction of genomic data in the clinic raises the prospect of more precise diagnosis and treatment. The translation of algorithms and tools developed within bioinformatics to the clinical setting is important to realize the full potential of big data in medicine. This position will strengthen the research in Bioinformatics, Machine Learning and Big Data specifically to advance the clinical use of genomic information. Furthermore, the position will consolidate and expand the collaboration between the Department of Biology (, University of Copenhagen and the Center for Genomic Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet. 
The Section for Computational and RNA Biology at the Department of Biology employs around 40 researchers, and has many connections with high-profile experimental groups both locally and internationally. The section is located at the Biocenter in central Copenhagen, Denmark, and is well funded with significant computer infrastructure and support. Information about the Section can be found at The Bioinformatics Centre is an integral part of the Section for Computational and RNA Biology that comprises 12 research groups and ~70 staff members. We offer state-of-the-art office and laboratory facilities and administrative support.  
The Center for Genomic Medicine was established in 2010 as a strategic initiative to bring genome wide technologies to patient care. The laboratory is currently one of Denmark largest providers of molecular analysis and produce about 5000 complex genomic analysis every year - including more than 1000 exomes. The laboratory currently comprises about 40 technicians and academic personnel. The Center is currently structuring a bioinformatics platform for  patient analysis and research that will serve the entire Capital Region and the Professor will be part of this initiative. Information about Genomic Medicine may be found at 
Description of the position 
The professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within clinical bioinformatics and data science. The position also include duties in relation to the establishing analytic work-flows for patient analysis and data-infrastructure at the Center for Genomic Medicine and in relation to the supervision of the bioinformatics personnel. 
  • The successful candidate must have a strong academic track record in  
  • Clinical bioinformatics 
  • Machine learning and data science 
  • Informatics, search and text mining for diagnostics 
  • Gene expression analysis 
  • Exome and whole-genome analysis 
  • Classification and prognosis from clinical data 
  • Clinical and genomic analysis pipelines 
The successful candidate must comply with the following requirement: 
Have a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, statistics or similar and a proven track record within bioinformatics, machine learning and big data research in the context of clinical use of genomic information. 
Be driven to take a leading role in expanding the scientific collaboration between the Deaprtment of Biology and the Center for Genomic Medicine including the pursuit of external funding for novel and innovative collaboration projects.  
Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio within the research area in question.
Specifically, the candidate must contribute to the teaching of the  Bioinformatics Masters program, and to supervise scientific projects and theses. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher-training program for assistant professors is required.  
For further information regarding qualification requirements, please refer to the criteria for the hiring and promotion of permanent academic staff at Department of Biology at

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered. 
Inquiries about the position can be made to the Head of The Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Anders Krogh (, the Head of Department of Biology, Niels Kroer ( or the Head of The Center for Genomic Medicine, Finn Cilius Nielsen (>). 
The position is open from January 1, 2018 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. The position is shared equally between the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen and the Center for Genomic Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet. 
Professor with special responsibilities: The professorship is a category where the appointment is limited to a 5-year period, with the possibility of a 3-year extension depending on the performance of the candidate and the adequacy of external funding.  
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.  
Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 596.770 including annual supplement (+pension up to DKK 102.048). 
Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
Curriculum vitae including information about external funding  
Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  
Research plan – description of current and future research plans  
Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines 
Complete publication list 
Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers 
Please note
It is a requirement that the applicant is accepted for appointment of both the professorship and the position as bioinformatician. In order to be considered, the applicant must send an application to both the Faculty (the professorship mso) and to the hospital (the bioinformatician position) cf. the simultaneously advertised position of the professorship mso.
This also applies to the applicants who are already employed as bioinformaticians at Rigshospitalet.
The advertisement as the bioinformatician is now available 
The deadline for applications is 06 October 2017 (year), 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 
Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 18 December 2017
Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-145680 


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Ansøgningsfrist: 06-10-2017
Ansættelsesdato: 01-01-2018
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Biology

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