Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Genomics, Department of Biology

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a postdoctoral fellowship in the research group of Ida Moltke starting December 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The postdoc will be working on an exciting project about the evolutionary effects of disease epidemics with a main focus on selection driven by epidemics. She/he will have the opportunity to analyse several exciting datasets - both modern and historical.

Research environment

Ida Moltke’s research group focuses on two research areas - population genetics and medical genetics and combinations of the two. By developing and applying computational methods to genetic data, it aims to gain insights into how humans have genetically adapted to the different environments we live in (see e.g. Fumagalli*, Moltke* et al. 2015: and how the world was peopled (e.g. see Moltke et al. 2015: Furthermore, it aims at identifying genetic variants that play a role in different diseases and traits (e.g. see Moltke*, Grarup* et al. 2014: and Grarup*, Moltke* et al 2018: (for more information see

The research group is small (currently 1 PhD student and 2 postdocs), but has a joint lab environment with 3 other small research groups with similar interests and complementary skills, including joint weekly lab meetings, a joint journal club and shared offices. Furthermore, the group has well-established collaborations with several other research groups both nationally (including groups at the Globe Institute and The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research), and internationally (including groups at UC Berkeley and UCL).

The university and the city of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen is ranked as the 26th best university in the world according to Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 ( and the Department of Biology is located in the recently built Biocenter ( in central Copenhagen, Denmark – a city that is considered ranked among the most liveable cities in the world (see e.g. and at 5:56).


To be considered, applicants must have a PhD in population genetics/genomics, bioinformatics or a similar quantitative field. In addition to this formal requirement we are looking for a candidate that

  • is highly motivated
  • has a strong interest - and ideally a strong background - in population genetics/statistical genetics
  • has the ability to program in at least one common programming language (e.g. C/C++, python or R) and a strong experience in working with linux/unix and command lines
  • has experience in working with genetic data, ideally with high-throughput DNA sequencing data
  • is able to conduct and complete high-quality research both independently, and in collaboration with the PI and project partners
  • is able to communicate scientific results effectively, both in writing and verbally
  • has published high-quality international peer-reviewed articles
  • has good interpersonal and communication skills

Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement. Finally, experience with ancient DNA would be an advantage but is not a requirement.

Note that the University of Copenhagen 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 successful applicant will be hired as postdoctoral fellow for a 2-year period with the possibility to extend for at least one more year.

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. The starting salary is currently up to DKK 430,569 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 73,627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below (or SØG STILLINGEN if you are on the Danish version of this homepage). The application should include the following items:

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for this position (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 3 particularly relevant papers
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Contact details of 2-3 persons for references and a very brief description of your relationship to them

Applications that do not follow these guidelines may not be evaluated.

The deadline for submitting an application is September 30th, 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.

Assessment procedure

We will use a shortlisting procedure in the evaluation. An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the shortlisted applications, and the remaining applicants will be notified that their applications will not be evaluated further. The shortlisted applicants will be notified of the composition of the hiring committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee.

Further information

Inquiries about the position can be made to Assistant Professor Ida Moltke (e-mail:


Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.


Ansøgningsfrist: 30-09-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-12-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Biology

Søg i stillinger