Associate Professor in Metagenomics and Bioinformatics

DTU Bioinformatics
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Frist 23. oktober 2018
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The Department of Bio and Health Informatics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Bioinformatics) has its main research and teaching activities in bio-medical and bio-technological informatics, metagenomics, epidemiology, integrative systems biology and machine learning. The research at DTU Bioinformatics is focused on bioinformatics and computational analyses of large amounts of data generated within biological, biomedical and biotechnological and life sciences area. We strive to gain new knowledge and drive innovation in human, animal, plant and food science and collaborate with all relevant industries. A cornerstone in achieving this is the dedicated effort within DTU Bioinformatics to develop bioinformatics, immuno-informatics, metagenomics and systems biology methods and solutions to the challenge of handling and interpreting large scale and heterogeneous big data. We run projects combining big data and laboratory research via the national supercomputing center (Computerome) and molecular genomics laboratories.

The department is seeking an Associate Professor in the field of metagenomics and bioinformatics. This candidate could focus on several aspects of metagenomics such as human and animal microbiomes as well as industrial metagenomics.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • You can document a strong potential and profile for research and education within metagenomics including expertise in high performance computing in the life sciences.
  • You will contribute to the promotion, development and improvement of research and education within the field of metagenomics and bioinformatics with a focus on human and/or animal microbiome.
  • You will be responsible for organizing the Metagenomics and microbiome course at the DTU Bioinformatics.
  • You will actively develop and run research projects or programs and seek external funding from national, EU and international funding bodies in the metagenomics and related areas.
  • You will engage in supervising and/or co-supervising Masters and PhD students
  • Your work will include dissemination of research results at all levels including publications in high impact journals.
  • You will be responsible for establishing and strengthening the collaboration with national and international groups working in the above areas.
  • You will engage in continued interaction with peers from relevant departments and centers at DTU and from other national and international research groups

You hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following areas: metagenomics, genome informatics, bioinformatics or systems biology

  • as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship
  • you must be able to document didactic/pedagogic training. 

The ideal candidate will moreover exhibit the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • Solid skills in the use of Next Generation Sequence (NGS) methods and tools for Analysis of NGS data (genomic, metagenomics)
  • Experience in UNIX / LINUX computing systems and HPC infrastructure
  • Working experience with long-read sequencing technology such as Oxford Nanopore or Pacbio
  • Knowledge of extrachromosomal elements such as viruses and plasmids as well as metagenome binning
  • Skills in programming languages relevant for bioinformatics, e.g. Python, Perl, R
  • Evidence of teaching at BSc and/or MSc level in relevant disciplines
  • Capability of taking personal responsibility for your work and your results
  • Flexibility and a general positive attitude to changes
  • Motivation by both individual and team accomplishments
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in both written and verbal English

In the assessment of the candidates, we will give consideration to:

  • Experience within teaching and education
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Anders Gorm Pedersen, mail

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 23 October 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

From January 2019, DTU Bioinformatics will cease to exist in its present form, and become part of a new department for Health Technology. With approximately 300 researchers from various departments, DTU Health Technology will be able to offer optimal conditions and facilities for health technology research. The aim is to become an international-class research platform capable of fostering new technology and new solutions that can improve the quality of patient care and public health and well-being.   

For further information on the reorganization, please see our website.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.