Postdoc position in Bioinformatics, Epigenetics, Transcription

    Postdoc position in Bioinformatics, Epigenetics, Transcription

    Postdoc position in Bioinformatics, Epigenetics, Transcription, in the Choudhary group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Bioinformatics
    – Epigenetics
    – Transcription
    SalaryDKK 34.622 / Month
    WorkplaceNovo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period1 Year
    Starting dateSummer 2021 or later


    The candidate should have demonstrated excellent scientific productivity, evidenced by high-quality research publications, be able to conduct independent and creative research, and show good interpersonal and communication skills.

    • The candidate is required to have a PhD/MD level of education corresponding to the Danish PhD degree in natural or medical science.
    • Excellent scientific track-record, including at least one publication in a high-quality, peer-reviewed international journal.
    • Expert knowledge in one or more of the following areas is required:

    Experience in computer programming languages, such as R, Python
    Hands-on experience in analyzing next-generation sequencing dataset, such as ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq

    Strong background in the statistical analysis of large-scale data

    Prior experience in CRISPR, epigenetics, and gene transcription regulation.


    • Prior experience in the application of machine learning and neural network approaches will be considered an advantage.
    • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
    • An analytical aptitude for devising innovative scientific or technical solutions.
    • Demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    Recently, we revealed the global scope and kinetics of enhancer-regulated transcription control in mammalian cells, and identified the Pol2 “recruit-and-release” as a novel mechanism of enhancer-mediated dynamic transcription control (Narita et al., Mol Cell. 2021). The current project builds on our recent work and aims to understand the epigenetic basis of gene transcription regulation, with a focus to understand how distal-acting enhancers control gene transcription. In this project, we will use embryonic stem cells and their derivatives and apply quantitative proteomics, CRISPR-based genome editing, PROTACs, and next generation genomics technologies to understand the epigenetic basis of cellular differentiation and cell fate maintenance. Depending on the candidate´s background, s/he will perform laboratory research or perform bioinformatic analyses of next-generation sequencing data, including ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, Nascent-seq, ATAC-seq. The candidate will be jointly working with the Choudhary and Rasmussen groups. If you would like to know more about the project(s), please contact us!

    How to Apply?

    Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘APPLY NOW’ above

    Documents Required

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae, incl. educational qualifications, experience, and a list of publications
    • A scanned copy of the final degree (PhD or equivalent) certificate. If the degree is not yet awarded, it is sufficient to mention in the cover letter when the applicant expects to submit the thesis, and/or receive the qualifying degree
    • Names and contact details for 2-3 referees

    About the Department

    The postdoc will be employed in the Choudhary group, and will collaborate closely with the Rasmussen group. The Choudhary and Rasmussen laboratories are technically and internationally diverse and embedded in an excellent environment that supports high-quality research and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. The Choudhary lab primarily conducts experimental research using interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art technologies, including quantitative proteomics, next-generation nucleic acid sequencing, advanced microscopy, and CRISPR-based genome editing. The lab uses diverse cell models, including stem cells and their derivatives. The Rasmussen lab uses computational approaches to analyze large-scale biomedical data. In addition, the group develops and applies deep learning methods to integrate and mine proteomic, genomic and microbiome datasets.

    Both labs work closely with almost all other groups at CPR. Notably, the Rasmussen group works closely with the group of Prof. Søren Brunak, and the Choudhary lab works with the group of Prof. Matthias Mann. Additionally, both of the groups extensively collaborate with top-level international researchers, routinely publish in top-ranked journals, and have an outstanding track-record in training the next generation of researchers. The major publications from the groups include Narita et al., Mol Cell. 2021, Nissent et al. Nat Biotechnol. 2021; Rascovan et al. Cell 2019; Narita et al. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 2019; Weinert and Narita et al., Cell 2018; Gupta et al., Cell 2018; Scholz et al., Nat Biotech 2015; Weinert et al., Mol Cell 2013; Povlsen and Beli et al., Nat Cell Biol 2012; and Beli et al. Mol Cell 2012.


    Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary is around 34.622 DKK approx. 4,656 €, plus 17.1 % in pension contribution. Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.

    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 can be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes


    Professor Chunaram Choudhary

    Official advertisement

    Postdoc in bioinformatics/epigenetics/transcription

    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *