Phd fellowship in Computational Biology at the Cardiac Genetics Group Department of Biomedical Sciences

Copenhagen University
February 15, 2024
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Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

The Cardiac Genetics Group is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic bioinformatics PhD fellow for a 3-year position to commence 1st of April 2024 or soon thereafter. You will be part of our team leading research on elucidation the genetic mechanisms underlying complex heart disease.

Information about the Department is linked on www.

Our research

Our research aims are to understand cardiac arrhythmias and structural heart diseases through genetics. In recent years we have also focused on the relationship between structural cardiac disease and vascular function. In this project we will investigate the genetics behind such interactions.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest in learning and applying new bioinformatics techniques, and has a strong publication record in within genetics and human disease in high-level international scientific journals. An interest in teaching and mentoring is also diseasble, as you will be expected to contribute towards the departments teaching activities and supervision of BSc, and MSs within the group.

We are thus looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experiences:

Essential qualifications

  • You hold a master in computational biology or bioinformatics
  • You have excellent skills in programming languages such as Python or R, Linux, and Git version control and experience working on high-performance clusters
  • Taken couses in handling and analyzing large datasets, e.g. UK Biobank
  • Experience with various bioinformatics analytics approaches, and techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Interest and curiosity within the field of translational science, e.g., pharmacology, cardiovascular disease, and clinical translation
  • Desirable qualtifications

  • Knowledge of cardiacvascular disease
  • Detail-oriented with strong documentation skills
  • Knowledge about statistics and machine learning
  • Self-sufficient and able to lead projects from start to end
  • Place of employment

    The employment is within the Cardiac Genetics Group at the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMI), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

    We are a team of dedicated researchers passionate about translational science, with access to excellent research facilities in modern laboratories, and large high-performance computing clusters.

    For further information regarding the positions, please get in touch with Professor Morten Salling Olesen by email [email protected]

    The Cardiac Genetics group is located on the 9th floor in Maersk Tower at UCPH, close to central Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and several core facilities shared between the 8 research groups on the 9th floor and the neighboring Rigshoptialet.

    The deparment runs seminars with invited international speakers, a Young Researchers Club (ASAP), a PhD program, (MoMeD), and a Postdoc Career Programme.

    Please read more about the Cardiac Genetic Research group here: Cardiac Genetics webpage

    Terms of employment

    The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

    The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The starting date is 1st of April, 2024 or soon thereafter.

    Salary, pension, and other conditions of employment are set by the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or another relevant organization. Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1% to your pension fund.

    The employment is conditioned upon the applicant's success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

    The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


    For further information regarding the position please contact Morten Salling Olesen [email protected]

    Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www. (International Staff Mobility).

    Application procedure

    Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now' below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Cover letter (Max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills, and other skills relevant to the position
  • Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https: // Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • List of publications (if possible)
  • Name and contact details of two people who can be contacted as references.
  • Deadline for application 15 February 2024, 11.59 pm CET

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process

    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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 https: //

    The applicant will be assessed according to Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

    Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe's top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University allows students and staff to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organization – with good working conditions and collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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