Postdoc position (15%) in Disease Systems Biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Postdoc position (15%) in Disease Systems Biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research


A postdoc position (15%) is 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 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.

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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 will work on data-driven models of temporal drug prescription patterns using a combination of molecular data and data from the healthcare sector, where the latter has the form of registry data and complete electronic patient records. These models will in part be descriptive and show how different drugs and diseases 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 will be augmented by text mining methods to further increasing the predictive power. Prior knowledge of disease classification schemes and standard vocabularies will be an advantage.

The candidate for the postdoctoral position must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). The successful candidate will have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:


  • Bioinformatics and computational biology with experience in high-throughput data and pathway analysis, as well as health informatics.

  • Strong expertise in programming (Python, R, Perl or other).

  • Solid experience with Linux/UNIX operating system, command lines and shell scripting.

  • Experience in analysis of large-scale datasets, preferably electronic health record data.

  • Knowledge of data modelling, predictive modelling and machine learning.

  • Advanced understanding of human biology and disease development.

  • 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.

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: 

The position is a 15% position.

Duration: 2 years.

Application procedure
Your application should be submitted electronically by clicking ‘APPLY NOW’ below.

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 applications: 22 August 2019, 23:59 p.m. CET.

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 by e-mail:

CPR and the University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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