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NCRR - National Centre for Register-based Research - Aarhus BSS

Postdoc in Psychiatric Genetics

Deadline 1 Feb 23:59 CET

Expected start 1 Mar

  • NCRR - National Centre for Register-based Research Fuglesangs Allé 26 8210 Aarhus V

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Mar 2023 - 28 Feb 2025 ID: 11030

At the National Centre for Register-based Research, we are seeking a talented and highly motivated psychiatric geneticist to work on methods that leverage Danish register data together with iPSYCH individual-level genotype data to better understand the genetics underlying mental health, and improve risk prediction. The position is a postdoc position and will be based at the National Centre for Register-based Research, Aarhus University, a leading international research institute focusing on psychiatric epidemiology. The centre has a strong track-record in collaboration with other Danish researchers and with the international research community. In particular, we are looking for researchers interested in driving innovation in how to combine evidence from epidemiology (e.g. data available from Danish registers for almost the entire Danish population) and genetics (including genotypes for 140K individuals in the iPSYCH dataset).

The position is fixed-term for two years. The starting date for employment is March 1 2023 or as soon as possible subject to mutual agreement. A specific feature of this position is the opportunity to spend periods of time with collaborators at the University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, and at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. In addition, the National Centre for Register-based Research is a lead agency in the iPSYCH consortium (see below) and has close links with the Broad Institute.


Necessary qualifications
  • Experience with GWAS analysis programs like PLINK, gcta, BOLT-LMM, bigsnpr, or similar
  • Experience with Danish registers and analyses of register data.
  • Experience with risk prediction, either using genetic and/or register data.
  • PhD in psychology, psychiatric genetics, bioinformatics, or related fields
  • Experience with statistical analysis using programming languages like R, Python, C/C++ or similar.

Desirable qualifications
  • Experience with polygenic risk scores programs like LDpred2, PRSice, lassosum, or similar
  • Experience with causal inference methods, such as Mendelian randomisation, Egger’s regression, GSMR, LCV or similar.
  • Experience in working with clinical populations in mental health.
  • Be familiar with data resources like iPSYCH, UK Biobank, or other large-scale genetic data resources.
  • Experience analyzing multivariate longitudinal and survival data
  • Experience with structural equations models.

Personal qualifications
  • Excellent collaborative, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in structured groups
  • Strong drive to obtain established goals
  • Scientifically self-motivated and creative
  • Open-minded and analytical personality

We offer

  • High influence on work tasks and research direction
  • An exciting job in an inspiring and informal research environment at high international level
  • Experienced colleagues from countries worldwide for competent feedback and support
  • Possibility to participate in courses as well as national and international conferences

About us

NCRR – the National Centre for Register-based Research is placed at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, financed mainly by external research funds (www.ncrr.au.dk). The Centre houses an internationally acknowledged group of researchers in psychiatric epidemiology, regularly publishing scientific articles. In addition to its own research, the Centre also conducts guidance and counseling related to register-based research projects, validation and data management of register data, as well as development of methods for analysis of register data.

Further information

Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Bjarni J Vilhjalmsson: bjv@au.dk

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Marie Louise Lund Pedersen: mllp@au.dk.

Place of work

Fulgesangs Allé 24, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

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Terms of employment

The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure

When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  • Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here

The evaluation process

After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Bjarni Jóhann Vilhjálmsson

Bjarni Jóhann Vilhjálmsson Professor, National Centre for Register-based Research bjv@au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4593521402 bss.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Wednesday 1 Feb 2023 at 23:59 CET