Job:Bioinformatician to high level science community at DTU Biosustain
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Bioinformatician to high level science community

Can you help us build the data foundation for our cutting-edge informatics platforms?

If you are ready to kick start your career in the cross field of computer science and scientific research, we have just the right job for you. Based at DTU Biosustain in Lyngby, Copenhagen you will play a pivotal role building the data foundation needed for our development of state-of-the-art informatics platforms. By combining artificial intelligence, mechanistic modelling and knowledge graphs we are deriving deep insights from big data to address some of our world’s greatest challenges. As such, you will contribute to future development of new environment friendly products, better and less energy consuming manufacturing processes, new medical treatments, climate friendly farming, etc. The job is a very good foundation for a future career with a development focus within e.g. AI or computational modeling.

As Bioinformatician your focus is to build and maintain bioinformatics pipelines for omics data. By leveraging a multitude of software languages, tools, and platforms you will construct and curate computational tools and databases, as well as generate, annotate, clean, and consolidate a variety of biotechnological data. You will create your results in collaboration with a highly skilled team of engineers, analysts, and scientists that cover a wide range of biological and IT domains. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Build and maintain bioinformatics software pipelines to process omics data, perform quality control operations, and store data abiding by the FAIR data principles
  • Maintain and update databases with curated annotations to ensure accuracy and accessibility
  • Download public databases, clean the data and load it into a centralized graph database
  • Work with data architect and domain experts to design database models
  • Define and analyze metrics that inform on database size, dimensionality, and growth-rate
  • Seek out publications and their archived omics data for various biological research topics
  • Implement statistical methods, data mining and computational modeling techniques
  • Prepare and present visualizations and analytical reports to multiple stakeholders on a periodic basis
  • Partner with analysts and scientists to process and integrate datasets that are identified as impactful to their research

Derived from the tasks above you will develop an understanding and report on the landscape of available data possible for growth of database and analytics efforts. Accordingly, you will bring a deep understanding of growth & optimization best practices to your colleagues in growth-focused engineering teams. As many of those work in different countries you must be ready to participate in remote meetings and calls outside normal office hours.

Knowledge across software development and microbiology

As you will handle multiple data from various sources you will need a good overview backed by a similar good sense of detail. You must be able to present your results in an easy understandable and accessible way – in English, written and spoken. You must be motivated by building new knowledge across bioinformatics, biotechnology and biomedical research and by working with cloud storage solutions. Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • A university degree in Bioinformatics or similar, or equivalent practical experience
  • General knowledge of microbiology and genetics
  • Software development experience in one or more general-purpose programming languages, e.g. Java and/or Python/R
  • Experience working in Unix/Linux environments, cloud resources, containers
  • Experience working with databases languages, e.g. SQL, Cypher, and/or SPARQL
  • Experience working with bioinformatics software and pipelines, e.g. snakemake, Nextflow, GATK toolkit, breseq, bowtie or samtools
  • Experience with quantitative analysis and analytics software packages, e.g. pandas, seaborn, plotly, ggplot or scikit-learn
  • Experience with Neo4J is a plus

About DTU Biosustain

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is an interdisciplinary research centre that develops new knowledge and technology to support the production of bio-chemicals using microbial production with 300 employees. The center is organised with a number of Scientific Sections and Research Groups. In the Sections, researchers do basic research to determine the spectrum of chemistry that can be produced biologically. Groups have an applied / translational approach focusing on shortening the strain design and development process.

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Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Application and contact

Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration including CV, cover letter, diploma and if relevant list of publications. The deadline is 8 January 2021 (Danish time).

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If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Chief Information Officer, Evelyn Travnik, at

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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