Postdoc positions in Disease Systems Biology

University of Copenhagen, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
August 30 2017
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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.

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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 to:  

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.      



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 gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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