Postdoc in Bioinformatics, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoc in Bioinformatics, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoc in Bioinformatics of Ice environments, at Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaBioinformatics 
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Environmental Science
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Years


    Applicants should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to the PhD graduate level showing evidence of a strong and ambitious research oriented profile and an emerging publication record within microbial ecology.


    • The position requires a solid background in environmental bioinformatics. Ideally, the candidate should have experience with two or more computational languages and extensive experience with analysing databases.
    • Experience with analyzing environmental samples from viruses to eukaryotic organisms and datasets from Illumina and Nanopore are desired skills.
    • Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
    • The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment and be very well organised.
    • Experience in Arctic research is highly desired, but not essential if the candidate is a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

    About Position

    Active algae, fungi, bacteria and viruses dominate in glacial environments and they can change the physical and chemical characteristics of the ice and snow. For instance, the presence of algae growing on glaciers reduces the albedo of the ice surface. Together with anthropogenic black carbon and mineral debris inputs, they absorb sunlight on the surface of the ice, substantially increasing ice melting during the summer. Given that surface melting is controlled primarily by the albedo (reflectivity) of surface ice, significant additional melting along the western Greenland ice sheet has been attributed to the blooming of pigmented glacial algal communities during the summer melt seasons, causing ‘biological-albedo’ reductions. These algae possess a suite of typical light harvesting and photo-protective carotenoid pigments, in addition to the production of high concentrations of specialized purpurogalin UV-absorbing pigments, which facilitate their survival and proliferation in this extreme environment.

    The postdoc position involves contributing to new knowledge about the microbial genomes (viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes), diversity and metabolic potential in ice surface communities. The Deep Purple project is currently sequencing a range of samples from ice surfaces and snow in Greenland for amplicons, metagenomes and metatranscriptomes. The postdoc in this project would be mostly involved with the sequencing strategy and bioinformatics analyses of the project to investigate microbial community interactions, Metagenome-Assembled-Genomes (MAGs) of glacial algae that could help better understanding of their genotypes and phenotypes and contribute to knowledge of cell behavior and their role in the environment.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    • Develop and consolidate the research area of microbial interactions and genomes from glacial environments within the department. It is particularly beneficial if the candidate has documented experience with genomes, metagenomes, metagenome-assembled genomes and metatranscriptomes.
    • Contribute to ongoing experimental and sampling design of genomic information from icy environments.
    • Provide bioinformatics support to other projects within the department involving e.g., soil microbial interactions, plant-microbial interactions.
    • Contribute to maintenance of local bioinformatics servers in the ENVS sequencing center.
    • The main responsibility is research (including publication/academic dissemination duties).

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online link above

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and include

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Degree certificate
    • A complete list of publications
    • A statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

    About Department of Environmental Science

    The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and bioremediation, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Science-based policy advice within these areas is offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 160 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information can be found at
    The section conducts research and science-based policy advice targeted towards the understanding of the fate and role of microorganisms in ecosystems and interactions between bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa and microeukaryotes in glacial, terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric environments. Expertise within the section includes:

    • Glacial Microbiology
    • Microbiology in air, soil, ice, and rhizosphere
    • Microbial and microeukaryotic genetics and diversity
    • Microbial and protist ecology
    • eDNA analysis and use in environmental monitoring
    • Antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity
    • Biodegradation of persistent organic pollutants
    • Plant-microbe interactions

    We speak English on a daily basis at the department.


    Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.


    Alexandre Magno Barbosa Anesio
    Professor, Department of Environmental Science – Environmental Microbiology and Circular Resource Flow
    Phone: +4587158736

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    Postdoc in Bioinformatics of Ice environments, Aarhus University, Campus RISØ, Denmark

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