Post Doc in Translational Disease Systems Biology

University of Copenhagen Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research


Postdoc positions in Translational Disease Systems Biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research has currently 1-3 postdoc positions available in the Translational Disease Systems Biology group (CPR –

The Center 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 Center comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, bioinformatics and general characterization of disease mechanisms.

Our research

The Programme for Disease Systems Biology consists of three 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. The Translational Disease Systems Biology group ( led by Professor 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. We are a diverse and highly multidisciplinary group with many renowned scientific collaborations both nationally and internationally.

Your job

The postdocs 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 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.


Candidates for the postdoc positions must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). Since the advertisement covers multiple positions, experience with all of the following is not required, but the successful candidates are expected to have strong qualifications or proven experience within the majority of the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics and computational biology with experience in health informatics and/or a strong background in machine learning models and advanced statistics
  • Strong expertise in programming (Python/Perl and/or R)
  • Solid experience with Linux/UNIX operating system, command lines and shell scripting
  • Experience with handling, quality control, and analysis of large-scale biomedical datasets such as electronic health record data or genetic data (sequencing/genotyping data, incl. structural variants) in a High-Performance Compute setting
  • An active interest in disease biology and precision medicine
  • Proficient organizational skills and ability to work individually as well as in teams 
  • Excellent communication skills, and fluency in written and spoken English
  • Project management of interdisciplinary research projects within translational bioinformatics

The translational disease systems biology is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with many other research groups nationally and internationally. Strong networking and team player skills are therefore preferred. As the candidate may run several projects in parallel, strong organizational skills and the ability to keep an overview are important.

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 34,650 DKK / approx. 4,657 € (April 2020-level) plus 17.1 % in pension contribution. Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for all international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, where the pension will be paid as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes:

Duration: 2 years

Numbers of positions: 1-3

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: February 15th 2021

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 position or the process, please contact CPR:

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.


Application deadline: 15-02-2021
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

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