Postdoc position in Biomedicine – Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoc position in Biomedicine - Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoc position in genomics of substance use disorders, The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 03, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaGenomics 
    SalaryDKK 486,969.17 – 512,713.62 / Year
    WorkplaceDepartment of Biomedicine
    Faculty of Health
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Years


    You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas:

    • Strong experience in handling and analysing large genetic datasets.
    • Experience with high-performance computer clusters and/or cloud computing platforms.
    • Experience with GWAS, functional genomics and secondary GWAS bioinformatic analyses is expected, together with knowledge of programing languages.
    • Great analytic and problem-solving skills.
    • Familiarity with structural equation modelling involving genetic data would be beneficial.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills
    • Highly motivated, self-driven and with a strong background in statistical analyses in the field of genomics.

    As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English.

    About Research project

    The project entails analyses of comprehensive genome-wide genetic data mainly generated by the iPSYCH consortium including more than 130,000 genotyped individuals.

    The work involves both national and international collaborations including cooperation with researchers in the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    As Postdoc in genomics of substance use disorders your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.

    Your main tasks will consist of:

    • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
    • Statistical analyses of large-scale genetic datasets to identify genetic risk variants shared across substance use disorders and disentangle those from substance specific risk variants. Additioanlly, a part of the work will focus on identification and characterization of the shared genetic architecture of substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders.
    • You will be responsible for conducting genome-wide association analyses, including relevant quality control steps, imputation, association analyses, and structural equation modeling incorporating genetic data.
    • You will also be responsible for conducting secondary analyses using GWAS data, such as e.g. gene-set enrichment analyses, transcriptome-wide association studies based on imputed gene expression and polygenic risk score analyses.
    • The position also entails teaching activities at the Faculty of Health including Medical Genetics course and supervision of medical students in research projects.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    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
    • Template for applicant – postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
    • Strategic research plan can be uploaded
    • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
    • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system

    We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

    About the Department

    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.


    • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
    • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
    • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
    • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
    • The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc position with minimum 3 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree is DKK 486,969.17 or DKK 512,713.62 with minimum 4 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.
    • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the.Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff


    Ditte Demontis Associate professor
    Department of Biomedicine
    Phone: +4528539746

    HE Administrative Centre – Health HR
    Phone: +4587162578

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