Denmark: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology – Assistant and Associate Professor

The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invite applicants for several new positions within bioinformatics and computational biology.

These new positions will be anchored at the Faculty of Science, at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and/or at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. They are core components in the future vision of the Danish strategy for Precision Medicine and part of a major strategic investment at SDU on Precision Medicine involving the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Odense University Hospital (OUH). The positions will strengthen existing research groups at SDU and OUH, including the newly established Center of Excellence in Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS).

We will support successful candidates in building their research groups in an interdisciplinary context, for example by taking advantage of the computational and experimental platforms and database resources in the SDU eScience Center, the VILLUM Center for Bioanalytical Sciences, the Danish Twin Registry at SDU/OUH, and Danish Patient Databank resources. The successful candidates are expected to play a leading role in shaping the educational profiles of bioinformatics and computational biomedicine at SDU.

The research fields that we are looking to hire within are
• Computational Systems Biology
• Computational Precision Medicine
• Big Data in Biomedicine
• Multi-omics data integration

SDU offers a modern, inclusive, international and interdisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art facilities as well as a strong tradition for collaboration across the two faculties of science and health sciences and Odense University Hospital. As the two faculties and the hospital within a few years will share one major campus in Odense, further synergies and stronger ties between the units are expected. In addition to BSc, MSc and PhD education in Computer Science, Biomedicine and Biochemistry, SDU also offers a newly established international MSc degree in Computational Biomedicine. The SDU eScience Center is a national provider of HPC infrastructure for research, and thus offers access to attractive computational resources for life sciences.

Coming either with a life science or computer science background, a successful candidate is expected to demonstrate skills in large-scale data mining and associated biostatistics, cross-disciplinary data integration, artificial intelligence, big data analysis or cloud computing. The candidate will have demonstrated the ability or potential to apply these methods in the context of large-scale genomics, proteomics or metabolomics experiments in cutting-edge research in clinical, biomedical or biological sciences with relevance to precision medicine. We expect a successful candidate to show a strong potential for developing an internationally outstanding research profile with emphasis on high-throughput data analysis in the context of basic life sciences, biomedicine, and clinical research and applications.

We are inviting applicants on the levels of both assistant and associate professor, and the applicants are asked to state in their letter of application on which level they wish to apply.

Candidates for the position of assistant professor are expected to have a PhD degree and considerable postdoctoral research experience. The assistant professorship position is for a duration of three years, whereupon a tenured position of associate professor will be opened for qualified candidates.

For a hiring at the level of associate professor, which is a tenured/permanent position, applicants are expected to have a strong research track record of more than four years after their PhD, and to have demonstrated the ability to direct independent research projects and obtain external funding. In addition, applicants are expected to have substantial experience in teaching and supervision at all levels.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Danish is not a prerequisite for application. However, the primary administrative language at SDU is Danish and staff should therefore be willing to acquire Danish skills within a couple of years.

The employment of a successful candidate is expected to be either at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science or at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or possibly in a combination of these, depending on the candidate’s background and research programme.

For more information, please contact Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jakob Møller-Jensen at, or Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Martin Svensson at


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