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RNA BioInformatics PhD Fellowship Position @ Copenhagen University | Denmark

RNA BioInformatics PhD Fellowship Position @ Copenhagen University | Denmark

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RNA BioInformatics PhD Fellowship Position @ Copenhagen University | Denmark

PhD fellowship in RNA Bioinformatics in Bacillus and related Organisms

Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH), http://rth.dk, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen has an open PhD position in RNA Bioinformatics in Bacillus and related Organisms. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team for three years starting as soon as possible. You will be a hardworking team player and a key person in the project group essential for obtaining successful results.


Cell factories are based on organisms, which have been carefully optimised to produce protein-based products such as enzymes and pharmaceutical proteins with the highest possible yield. However, current technology is saturated with respect to yield improvement although the theoretical maximum has not been reached yet. Within the NextProd project, the goal is to improve the yield by manipulating ncRNAs. See more at http://nextprod.dk.

General Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) are to:

  • Manage, carry through and conclude your research projects
  • Actively participate in PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and finalise your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Conduct a research stay at an institution abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Specific Job description
Comprehensive annotation for noncoding and structured RNA on the bacillus gene is to be made from transcriptome data as well as from genomic data. In addition the include RNA interaction predictions and data when relevant. Pipeline that encompass known tools will be made. The pipeline will further include developing tools for integrating RNA structure probing data in the RNA structure annotation. Furthermore, the work will involve transcriptome and expression analyses. ncRNA RNA annotation and transcriptome analysis.

Required Qualifications
The applicant should hold professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below:

  • A completed master degree in bioinformatics, computer science or a completed master degree in a similar area
  • General background knowledge of biological areas of genome structure and transcriptomes
  • Strong experience with script languages such as Perl or Python (or similar)
  • Strong experience with the Linux/Unix environment, command lines and shell scripting
  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Be excellent in English, writing and speech
  • Candidates fulfilling one or more of the following qualifications will be prioritised:
  • Experience with RNA folding analysis
  • Experience with transcriptome analysis
  • Strong experience in at least one of the following programming languages: C, C++ or Java

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • The grade point average achieved in relevant University degrees
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications (if any)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities

Language skills
The successful candidate is also required to be resourceful and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Formal requirements
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree.

It is a prerequisite that the PhD candidate is enrolled as PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, according to the rules stipulated in “Bekendtgørelse nr. 18 af 14. januar 2008 om ph.d.-graden.”

Terms of employment

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 25.579 DKK (ca. 3.450 EUR) plus pension. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2013).

Place of employment

RTH is mainly located on the Frederiksberg Campus; however, as part of the NextProd project research stays with our industrial partner will be part of the PhD. Furthermore, our research environment is highly international and stimulating. We frequently organise seminars, workshops, PhD summer schools with international speakers and have retreats with our international collaborators.


For further information about the
Scientific content, please contact: Professor Jan Gorodkin, e-mail: gorodkin@rth.dk, phone +45 353 34704, +45 353 33578 (direct).
Application procedure and formalities please contact: Administrative Officer, Marie-Louise Rosenlund, e-mail: mlr@sund.ku.dk, phone: +45 353 32898.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below, and must include the following:

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and detailed transcripts of records
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal Recommendations (if any)
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.
  • The deadline for applications is 5 March 2017. Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered. Receipts of the applications will be acknowledged, and the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application.

The further process

Shortlist: After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk.

Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritised assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

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

RNA BioInformatics PhD Fellowship Position @ Copenhagen University | Denmark

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