Postdoc position in Bioinformatics and Metagenomics – UCPH, Denmark

    Postdoc position in Bioinformatics and Metagenomics - UCPH, Denmark

    Postdoc position in bioinformatics and metagenomics of the phyllosphere microbiome, in the Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN) and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

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


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Computational biology
    – Microbiology
    – Network biology
    – Bioinformatics
    – Metagenomics 
    SalaryDKK 437.843 / Year
    WorkplaceNovo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR)
    Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN) 
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateAug 01, 2021


    Candidates must have a Ph.D. or similar qualifications within computational biology, microbiology, metagenomic analysis, network analysis, machine learning applied to microbiology or other relevant research fields.


    • The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research within metagenomics, microbial network biology, machine learning and integration of multiple data types obtained from the wheat flag leaf microbiome. The candidate is expected to some degree to engage in teaching and supervision and the post may also include performance of other duties.
    • Experience in programming in bash/Unix, R or python is strongly desirable. Also, experience within the field of plant-associated microbiomes is an advantage.  

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The position is advertised in connection to a newly established multidisciplinary program, The MATRIX: “Microbiome Assisted Triticum Resilience In X-dimensions”, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, to address the taxonomic diversity and functional potential of the wheat phyllosphere microbiome. Today, more than one third of crop yields are lost due to abiotic and biotic stress factors, such as drought, salinity, pests and disease. In the MATRIX program several key microorganisms and regulatory mechanisms involved in wheat growth promotion and protection against biotic and abiotic stresses will be identified. By combining new microbiome-assisted approaches with machine learning and predictive modelling the MATRIX aims to quantitate and predict microbiome-mediated changes and their effect on wheat resilience and productivity under various climate change scenarios, which can be used as a novel tool to improve future wheat yield management strategies.

    How to Apply?

    The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW above

    Documents Required

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Cover letter
    • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
    • Complete publication list
    • Separate reprints of up to 3 particularly relevant papers


    • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
    • The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
    • Interviews will be held in July 2021.


    Prof. Lars Hestbjerg Hansen

    Associate Prof. Simon Rasmussen

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    Postdoc in bioinformatics and metagenomics of the phyllosphere microbiome

    Post expires at 8:59am on Wednesday June 16th, 2021 (GMT+9)