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Department of Biomedicine - Forskning og uddannelse, Øst - Faculty: Health

Postdoc in statistical genetics at iPSYCH

Published 11 Apr

Deadline 10 May

Expected start 1 Sep

  • Department of Biomedicine - Forskning og uddannelse, Øst Bartholins Allé 6 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Sep 2019 - 31 Aug 2022 ID: 876

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Do you have a degree in bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, or similar background? Are you inquisitive and analytically minded? Are you quick at learning new things and applying them? Do you thrive in an interdisciplinary setting surrounded by people with diverse scientific backgrounds? Then this may be the job for you.
 
The Børglum Lab at the iPSYCH centre, Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of statistical genetics starting soon as possible. The position is a full-time position for up to three years.
 
Department of Biomedicine
We offer a vibrant international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor’s degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. Our infrastructure is well developed with modern laboratories, core and animal facilities. You will work either in the brand new ‘Skou Building’ or similar as we are in the process of modernizing our old facilities. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.
 
About the iPSYCH project
iPSYCH (Lundbeck Foundation Inititiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research) was launched in 2012 as the largest research initiative ever in Danish psychiatry with the overarching aim to identify causes and disease mechanisms in major mental disorders, including psychiatric genetics as a key theme. Genetic data on more than 130,000 individuals from a nationwide Danish cohort is currently analysed in iPSYCH (including GWAS and whole exome sequencing data).
 
The projects are typically part of international collaborations with the Broad Institute (Boston) and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium as key partners, and the Børglum Lab comprises researchers from a number of countries.
 
Your job responsitibilities
As a Postdoc in statistical genetics analysis your position is primarily research-based. You will contribute to the development of the project through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your projects.
 
In collaboration with the team, you will undertake analysis of large sequencing data sets as the main activity, in particular analysis of whole exome sequencing data from tens of thousands of study subjects of whom the majority suffers from disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD as well as GWAS of over a hundred thousand individuals.
 
Your main tasks will consist of supporting these efforts either directly by conducting the analyses or by developing the software necessary to handle the large amounts of data and carry out the analyses. The analyses are conducted primarily at the national high-performance computer cluster GenomeDK at Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine.
 
You will report to Professor Anders Børglum as your nearest leader.
 
Your competences
You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within statistical genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, or similar areas. Substantial experience in handling and analysing large sequensing data is an advantage. Strong coding skills and experience with high performance computing as well as relevant experience with at least two of the programming languages Python, bash, perl and R is required.
 
As a person, you are inquisitive, analytical and possess good interpersonal skills with an international mindset. We expect you to have a good grasp of English both verbally and in writing.
 
In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Please note: shortlisting will be used.
 
Questions about the position
If you have any questions about the position, please contact contact Project Coordinators Annette Bang Rasmussen (abr@biomed.au.dk), Anne Hedemand (anne@biomed.au.dk), or Professor, Director Anders Børglum (anders@biomed.au.dk).
 
Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University Campus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
 
The position may be extended further, potentially entering a tenure track.

If you wish to apply for a position as research assistant within the field of statistical genetics, please follow this link.
 

Terms of employment
Application
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.
 

Questions about the position?

Anders Børglum

Anders Børglum Professor, Department of Biomedicine - Forskning og uddannelse, Øst +4587167768 anders@biomed.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

HE Administrative Centre - HEALTH HR +4593508378 emply.he.hr@au.dk

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Deadline: Friday 10 May 2019 at 23:59 CEST