PhD Scholarship in Bioinformatics

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DTU Health Tech is looking for a qualified candidate for a PhD position in Bioinformatics.

In this position, you will develop algorithms and computational methods to deal with the analysis of large datasets from modern and ancient sources. More specifically, these algorithms will be aimed at analyzing human genomes from sedimentary DNA. The bioinformatics section of DTU Health Tech performs research in different areas including metagenomics, machine learning, cancer genomics and population genomics.

Current bioinformatics algorithms and software are often ill-equipped to deal with DNA extracted from ancient soil samples. This ancient DNA shows high levels of fragmentation and accumulated chemical damage. Furthermore, ancient sediments often contain DNA from multiple species and often multiple individuals. Fortunately, several problems pertaining to ancient DNA can be described in a maximum-likelihood framework and computer science techniques can help us to solve such numerical problems efficiently via numerical algorithms and data structures. You will work in collaboration with other partners including the University of Copenhagen and McMaster University in order to develop the next generation of algorithms and software applied to DNA extract from fossils, ancient soils and sediments.  

Qualifications
You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Ideally, your degree should be in computer science, mathematics or biological science with a focus on quantitative and mathematical aspects.


More specifically you should ideally have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of a programming language like Python, Perl, C++ and/or Java (C/C++ is preferred)
  • Ability to work in a UNIX environment, ideally in a high-performance computing environment
  • Thorough understanding of basic algorithms and data structures used in computer science
  • Knowledge of probabilities and statistics
  • Firm grasp of first-year university mathematics (differential calculus/linear algebra)
  • Experience in bioinformatics and knowledge of metagenomics are a plus
  • Expertise in next-generation sequencing data generation and processing are also a plus

The language of communication at DTU is English.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
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. The period of employment is 3 years. The potential start date is around summer 2022 (or according to mutual agreement).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
If you want to know more, please contact the potential main supervisor directly – Prof. Gabriel Renaud at: gabre [at] dtu.dk.

You can read more about bioinformatics research at DTU Health Tech at Bioinformatics section.   

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to DenmarkFurthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 14 June 2022 (Danish time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • Link to a code portfolio stored in repositories like GitHub/bitbucket is not required but helpful

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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


DTU Health Tech
DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 140 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.

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 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.