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Postdoc Positions in Disease Systems Biology at University of Copenhagen

Postdoc positions in Disease Systems Biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
A number of postdoc positions are available in the Translational Disease Systems Biology group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – The Center 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 two research groups covering many systems level aspects of biology and medicine, including the integration of molecular-level data and healthcare data, for example laboratory test data and biomedical texts.
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Responsibilities and tasks
The Translational Disease Systems Biology group ( led by Søren Brunak focuses on establishing early competitive advantage in disease-relevant computational analysis across the general areas of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, systems biology and medical informatics. The postdoc(s) will work on data-driven models of temporal disease development using a combination of molecular data and data from the healthcare sector, where the latter has the form of clinical, registry data or complete electronic patient records. These models will in part be descriptive and show how different diseases and diagnosis follow each other over long periods of time and in part predictive in the sense that longitudinal patterns of illnesses, medication and procedures will indicate future events. The models may be augmented by molecular level biomarker data from genomics or proteomics further increasing the predictive power. Prior knowledge of disease classification schemes and standard vocabularies will be an advantage.
Projected start date: Winter 2017.

Candidates for the postdoctoral positions must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). The successful candidates will have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:
Bioinformatics and systems biology at the molecular level
Competences within statistics and/or machine learning techniques
Medicine, pharmacology or genomics
Project management of interdisciplinary research projects within translational bioinformatics
Experience with data structures, databases, and data architectures
Knowledge of biomedical resources and infrastructures
Broad understanding of healthcare data from national registries and electronic patient records from hospitals
Prior research experience with healthcare terminologies and ontologies
Experience with CDISC
The translational disease systems biology group is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with many other research groups nationally and internationally. Strong networking and team player skills are therefore preferred.

Place of employment and work
The employment is at CPR (, University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center. The selected candidate should expect some travel activity.
For more information on working and living in Denmark, visit (International staff mobility) and

Terms of salary and employment
Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary is around 32,700-34,400 DKK plus 17.1 % in pension contribution. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.

Duration: 2 years

Application procedure
Your application should be submitted electronically via the "Go to application page" button:
Your application should include the following documents:
1. Motivated letter of application
2. Curriculum vitae, incl. education and experience
3. Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s)
4. List of publications

Deadline for application: October 10th 2017

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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
For further information about the process, please contact SUND HR:
CPR and the University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research was established in 2007 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 establishment of the center was made possible by a generous donation of 600 million DKK (~113 MUSD) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation as well as through significant contributions from the University of Copenhagen for the renovation of the center facilities.

In the beginning of 2015 the Novo Nordisk Foundation donated additional 180 million DKK for the next funding period.

Read the press release - Increased and extended funding for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.

CPR Vision:

To be the world leading center in integrative protein technologies and their application to accelerate understanding if the biological processes underlying health and disease.

CPR Mission

To develop integrated protein technology platforms and large heterogeneous data management systems to:

Further the understanding of complex protein networks in fundamental biology and disease

Produce the next generation of top-tier protein scientists

Become an unmatched global partner in protein research

Research at NNF CPR

The Center comprises a wide range of expertise and skills within its research programs spaning disease systems biology, proteomics, high throughput protein production and characterisation, chemical biology, disease biology, and protein therapeutics.

The center contributes to the progress of translational research within medicine and provide fundamental insights which can be used to promote drug discovery and development.

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Postdoc Positions in Disease Systems Biology at University of Copenhagen


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