Bioinformatics postdoc positions at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Posted 24 Jul 2019

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Denmark (Post Doc)

Postdoc positions are available in the Cellular Network Biology group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – The Center has been established at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied discovery research on human proteins of medical relevance. The Center comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, bioinformatics, and general characterization of disease mechanisms. The program for Disease Systems Biology consists of two research groups covering many systems level aspects of biology and medicine, including the integration of molecular-level data and healthcare data, including biomedical texts.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Cellular Network Biology group is led by Lars Juhl Jensen ( The lab develops efficient, state-of-the-art tools for generation and analysis of molecular interaction networks based on text mining and analysis of high-throughput data. The group has a strong collaborative profile, working closely with other leading bioinformatics groups as well as with experimental groups at CPR. The resources are made available to the scientific community under open licenses and they are used by thousands of researchers around the world every day.

The postdocs will work in the following areas:

  • Text-mining tools and application to diverse biomedical questions and text sources.
  • Development of the heavily used STRING protein interaction database ( in collaboration with research groups in Zurich and Heidelberg.

Projected start date: Autumn 2019.


Candidates for the postdoctoral positions must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) within a relevant discipline and have experience with large-scale data analysis and programming in languages such as Python or R.

The successful candidates will have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:

  • Automatic text mining.
  • Network analysis.
  • Statistical data analysis and integration.
  • Bioinformatics / computational biology.
  • Machine learning /deep learning.

The cellular network biology group is highly multidisciplinary and international. Members are expected to collaborate both within the group, within the center, nationally, and internationally; strong networking and team player skills are therefore valued.

Place of employment and work

The employment is at CPR (, University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center.

The selected candidate should expect some travel activity.

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit (International Staff Mobility).

Terms of salary and employment

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary is approx. DKK 34,079 (approx. EUR 4,543) (April 2019 level) plus 17.1 % in pension contribution.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for all international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, where the pension will be paid as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes:

Duration: 2 years.

Application procedure

Your application (in English) should be submitted electronically by clicking ‘APPLY NOW’ below. Only applications sent through this link will be accepted.

Your application should include the following documents:

Motivated letter of application.

  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education and experience.
  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s).
  • List of publications.

Deadline for applications: August 18, 2019, 23:59 p.m. CET.

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.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized 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


For further information about the position or the process, please contact CPR:

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

How to Apply