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    Opportunity: Research assistant in statistical genetics at iPSYCH @ Aarhus University -- Aarhus, Denmark
    Submitted by Signatur AS; posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019


    Do you have a degree in bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, or similar background? Are you inquisitive and analytically minded? Are you quick at learning new things and applying them? Do you thrive in an interdisciplinary setting surrounded by people with diverse scientific backgrounds? Then this may be the job for you.

    The Børglum Lab at the iPSYCH centre, Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as a research assistant in the field of statistical genetics starting soon as possible. The position is a full-time position for up to three years.

    Department of Biomedicine:
    We offer a vibrant international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor's degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master's degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. Our infrastructure is well developed with modern laboratories, core and animal facilities. You will work either in the brand new 'Skou Building' or similar as we are in the process of modernizing our old facilities. You can read more about the department here ( and about the faculty here (

    About the iPSYCH project:
    iPSYCH (Lundbeck Foundation Inititiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research) was launched in 2012 as the largest research initiative ever in Danish psychiatry with the overarching aim to identify causes and disease mechanisms in major mental disorders, including psychiatric genetics as a key theme. Genetic data on more than 130,000 individuals from a nationwide Danish cohort is currently analysed in iPSYCH (including GWAS and whole exome sequencing data).

    The projects are typically part of international collaborations with the Broad Institute (Boston) and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium as key partners, and the Børglum Lab comprises researchers from a number of countries.


    Your job responsibilities:
    As a research assistant within statistical genetics your position is primarily research-based. You will contribute to the development of the project through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your projects.

    In collaboration with the team, you will undertake analysis of large sequencing data sets as the main activity, in particular analysis of whole exome sequencing data from tens of thousands of study subjects of whom the majority suffers from disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD as well as GWAS of over a hundred thousand individuals.

    Your main tasks will consist of supporting these efforts either directly by conducting the analyses or by developing the software necessary to handle the large amounts of data and carry out the analyses. The analyses are conducted primarily at the national high-performance computer cluster GenomeDK at Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine.

    You will report to Professor Anders Børglum as your nearest leader.


    Your competences:
    You have a degree within statistical genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, or similar areas. Substantial experience in handling and analysing large sequensing data is an advantage. Strong coding skills and experience with high performance computing as well as relevant experience with at least two of the programming languages Python, bash, perl and R is required.

    As a person, you are inquisitive, analytical and possess good interpersonal skills with an international mindset. We expect you to have a good grasp of English both verbally and in writing.

    Please note: shortlisting will be used.


    Terms of employment:
    • Appointment as a research assistant requires academic qualifications at Master's degree level.
    • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities. ([...]ities)
    • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne). (
    • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement atalogue for staff at Health. ([...]k.pdf)
    • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.([...]_2013)
    The position may be extended further, potentially entering a postdoc. position.

    If you wish to apply for a position as a postdoc. within the field of statistical genetics, please follow this link:[...]sych/.


    Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University Campus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


    Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at


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    Your application must include the following:
    • Motivated application
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Diploma
    • A list of publications can be uploaded if relevant for the position
    • A teaching portfolio can be uploaded if relevant for the position. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios ([...]lios/)
    • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the recruitment system
    • Template for applicant – other scientific positions must be completed and uploaded under 'Extra documents' ([...]tions)
    We refer to the faculty's Guidelines for applicants. ([...]tions)

    The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

    Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

    Questions about the position:
    If you have any questions about the position, please contact contact Project Coordinators Annette Bang Rasmussen (abr[at], Anne Hedemand (anne[at], or Professor, Director Anders Børglum (anders[at]


    10 May 2019

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