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Data Scientist for the Phenomics Platform

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research,
University of Copenhagen:
We are looking for an experienced and motivated Data Scientist with extensive experience in
data management to support the work of the Phenomics Platform at The Novo Nordisk
Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), to start July 1, 2020 or after

Our research:
The Center was established in 2010 through a generous, unrestricted grant from the Novo
Nordisk Foundation (NNF).
The vision of the Center is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic
understanding of the mechanisms of metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this
knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies.

Read more about us at:

In 2018, the Center obtained new strategic funding from NNF including substantial funding
to establish and/or develop five enabling biology and technology platforms in support of
the new research strategy.
The Phenomics Platform is headed by Associate Professor Niels Grarup.

Read more about the platform at:

Your job:
Your tasks will include supporting our scientists, both in new data acquisitions and in the
management of the existing data of the Phenomics Platform.
You will work closely together with lab technicians, bioinformaticians and researchers at
multiple levels.

We expect you to expand and integrate our current phenotypic database with other
heterogeneous data sources, such as genotyping data and data from the Danish registries.
This will include documentation and basic quality control of the data variables.

Further to this, you will develop web-based applications enabling users to query the data as
well as to retrieve summary statistics.
You will also participate in the genotyping workflow together with other employees in the
Phenomics Platform.

The research of CBMR is rapidly expanding and requires new technologies for data
management in which you will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the selection
and implementation hereof.

Your profile:

Essential criteria:
- Master’s degree or higher in computer science, bioinformatics or a similar field.

- Solid experience in maintaining and designing relational databases; preferably with MS
  SQL Server databases.

- Experience with user interfaces for data acquisition i.e MS Access.

- Excellent skills with object-oriented programming languages.

- Strong collaborative skills; ability to share knowledge and expertise, and support to a
  multidisciplinary team.

- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

- A strong interest in learning more about the life science area, particularly genetics and
  genetic disorders.

Desirable criteria:
- Familiarity with research data and/or GDPR.

- Supercomputing/parallelization and programming.

- Practical experience with R and/or other statistical tools and programming languages.

- Development of web applications (e.g Shiny).

- Insight in the area of health and life science data.

Place of employment:
The place of employment is the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic
Research, Maersk Tower, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international
research environment.

Terms of salary and employment:
The employment as Data Scientist (AC-TAP FU) is a full time and permanent position.
Starting date is July 1, 2020, or after agreement.

Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between
the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional

The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with
the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications.

For further questions about the job description and qualifications, please contact Associate
Professor Niels Grarup at

For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at


Your application in English should include:
- Motivation letter (max one page).

- Curriculum vitae incl possible publications.

- Copies of relevant certificate(s) of education.

Only online applications will be accepted.

Application deadline:
May 31, 2020.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider
applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome
applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Apply in following link:

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Published: 2020-03-30