PhD fellowship in computational biology at the Globe institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen University
October 08, 2023
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We are offering a Phd fellowship in computational biology/bioinformatics commencing January 1st 2024 or as soon as possible.

Our group and research In the Korneliussen group we develop statistical methods to facilitate analysis of high throughput sequencing data. Past projects have been state-of- the-art methods within population genetics, such as demographic inference, population structure, and signatures of selection, but also methods within medical genetics with a special emphasis on the direct application of these to low-coverage data and ancient DNA.

The candidate will have opportunities to shape their projects in consultation with the advisor, and the project can range from theoretical methods development to empirical data analysis. The applicant will be solidly embedded within the core group of the Lundbeck GeoGenetics Centre and the Centre for Ancient Environmental Genomics (caeg) and will have access to the data generated from the high throughput sequencing center as part of the GeoGenetics Centre.

Project description

PhD candidate will work in within the Korneliussen group and the computational team at the center. The focus for the PhD is the development and implementation of novel statistical methods for the analyses of DNA sequencing data.

Principal supervisor

Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, Globe Institute, [email protected], +4550433250

Start: As soon as possible

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

Job description Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments, including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
  • Key criteria for the assessment of applicants Applicants should hold an MSc related to human genomic, computer-science or mathematics degree with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

    Requirements for the applicants are:

  • MSc degree in bioinformatics, statistical genetics or a related quantitative field (mathematics, physics, statistics)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Completed formal courses in basic programming
  • Completed formal courses in analysis of large genetic data sets including NGS data
  • In addition to these formal requirements, we are looking for a candidate that:

  • has experience and a strong interest in population genetics and statistical genetics
  • has experience with the programming languages R and C/C++
  • has experience with working in Linux
  • has experience in working with large-scale genetic data, including low depth sequencing data
  • has experience with development of mathematical methods or algorithms
  • is highly motivated, reliable, and able to work independently in a structured manner
  • has good communication skills
  • Place of employment

    The place of employment is at the Section for GeoGenetics (Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 København K)

    About Globe Institute The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute's main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural and medical sciences and the humanities. Information on the institute can be found at: https: // www.

    The Globe Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment where employees and students can belong and thrive. See website for more information. All qualified applicants will receive full consideration. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to diversity and competencies of our Institute are encouraged to apply. The University of Copenhagen strives to offer a family friendly and flexible working environment with a sustainable balance between work- and private life, including parental leave schemes (up to 47 weeks for both parents) and up to six weeks of paid holidays per year. The university offers a variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families.

    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 start date is January 1st 2024 or after agreement.

    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. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

    The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree.

    Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,990 DKK/Roughly 3,880 EUR (October 2023 level) plus pension.

    Questions For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website: https: //

    Application procedure Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now' below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

    2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

    3. 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: // assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

    4. Publication list (if possible)

    Application deadline: 8 October 2023, 23.59pm 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 then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

    The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

    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 find information about the recruitment process at: https: //

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

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

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