Postdoc in bioinformatics for Danish DNA reference database project

Københavns Universitet (KU)

Ph.d. project
Greater Copenhagen

EvoGenomics, Natural history Museum of Denmark

Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Aage V Jensen Naturfonden DNAmark project at the Natural History Museum of Denmark is looking for a motivated bioinformatic postdoc for a period of 2 years and 4 months. In the project, we set up a Danish DNA reference database based at the National Museum of Denmark and use shotgun data to generate organelle genome references. An important part of the project is development of laboratory and bioinformatic workflows for generation of such reference data across sample types and for both newly collected specimens and museum specimens. This project will create the groundwork for further expansions of the DNA reference database, e.g. to include whole taxonomical groups and for the use of environmental DNA in biodiversity and nature management projects in Denmark. The project is lead by Dr. Kristine Bohmann and Prof Tom Gilbert in the EvoGenomics section at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. In the project, the postdoc will work closely with a lab research assistant and a project coordinator in a international and social environment in the EvoGenomics section.

Main tasks:
Develop bioinformatic workflows for processing sequence reads for generation and upload of reference data (conventional barcode markers and organelle genomes) across taxonomic groups and for both newly collected and museum specimens

Assembly of organelle genomes and quality control

Assess and compare sequence data generated with different laboratory protocols

Participate in reference database establishment and data upload and storage

Participate in publications on laboratory and bioinformatic workflows for reference data generation

Participate in development of methods to make use of such extensive DNA reference database in environmental DNA studies

PhD degree

Extensive experience with bioinformatic handling of shotgun sequence data, preferably aDNA and/or eDNA

Experience with collection and registration of samples for DNA analyses

Extensive DNA laboratory experience with generation of next generation sequence data, preferably aDNA and/or eDNA

Preferably experience working in a natural history museum

High attention to detail

Independent, focused and productive


Fluent in spoken and written English

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to [institutleder].

The position is open from 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Terms of employment:
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 413.717 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70.746). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:
Curriculum vita

Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)

Research plan – description of current and future research plans

Complete publication list

Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 3 July 2017, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held in july or Argust

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Application deadline 03 July 2017

Ph.d. project
Greater Copenhagen
Natural Sciences
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