Job:Assistant Professorship in Computational Biology, University of Southern Denmark
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Assistant Professorship in Computational Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is seeking to recruit an assistant professor within the area of computational biology. Candidates with interests in bioinformatics, integrative systems biology and other areas of computational biology are encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding young investigator to play a leading role in advancing the computational biology and bioinformatics research and education programmes at a leading Danish university. We are particularly interested in recruiting an investigator with a research programme that complements or expands our current activities.

Requirements and Expectations


The successful candidate is expected to hold a PhD degree in a relevant field, several years of postdoctoral experience, and a research profile in computational biology as documented by publications in premier international journals. He/she must have an ambition to advance computational biology and bioinformatics research by establishing a dynamic, creative and internationally oriented research group and attract external research funding. Assistant professors are expected to qualify for an associate professorship within three years of employment.


The successful candidate will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in bioinformatics, computational biology, biochemistry and molecular biology and related topics. This will also include supervision of students for bachelor and master projects. In addition, the assistant professor is eventually expected to supervise PhD students and postdocs.

What can SDU offer

SDU has a strong tradition of collaboration between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and biomedicine spanning basic biology to clinical physiological studies are prioritized areas at University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital (OUH). Areas of particular interest at SDU/OUH include

  1. metabolism and metabolic diseases, including diabetes;
  2. pathogenic bacteria and antibiotics resistance;
  3. cell cycle regulation and cancer biology;
  4. protein structure, interaction and function, including disease mechanisms;
  5. membrane biology and biophysics;
  6. functional proteomics, cell signalling networks and epigenetic regulation;
  7. molecular mechanisms of aging;
  8. RNA-biology, in particular aberrant post transcriptional processing in inherited disease;
  9. lipid biochemistry and lipidomics.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) has a staff of 25 tenured investigators. BMB has long standing strengths in the fields of molecular mechanisms of cellular metabolism, differentiation and regulatory networks, including transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms of regulation. The department is well-known internationally for its top level proteomics and biological mass spectrometry research. Other strong enabling technologies include next generation sequencing, metabolomics/lipidomics, bioimaging, and biocomputing. A recent major infrastructure grant from the VILLUM Foundation to establish the VILLUM Center for Bioanalytical Sciences made it possible to upgrade to the most advanced equipment in all these fields. Furthermore, the Faculty of Science is hosting the Danish Molecular Biomedical Imaging Center, a national centre for bioimaging.

The successful candidate will have direct access to this unique combination of high powered omics platforms and advanced bioimaging technologies. The laboratories of the department will be completely renovated during the next three years, providing a modern infrastructure for top-level research and teaching.

Applications must reach us no later than 15 September 2015.

Expected starting date: 1 May 2016, or soon thereafter.

For further information please contact Head of Department, Professor Ole Nørregaard Jensen (e-mail:, phone +45 6550 2368).

Application, salary etc.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The application must include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A full list of publications indicating the five most important publications
  • Copies of all publications on which the applicant wishes to be evaluated
  • A brief survey of the applicant's most important research results and research plans for the next three years.
  • Description of previous research including research management and research grants (1 page)
  • Description of teaching experience
  • Outline of how the applicant's future research strategy would build on current research, identifying how it would complement existing research in the SDU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (no more than four pages)

Please note that applicants are expected to have completed their PhD.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, or ethnic background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. Please read How to apply before you apply.

Since not all members of the appointment committee are Danish-speaking, it is recommended that your application is submitted in English.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.



Application deadline: 15/09/2015

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