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    Opportunity: Postdoc at iPSYCH, Department of Biomedicine @ Aarhus University -- Aarhus, Denmark
    Submitted by Signatur AS; posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019


    A position as postdoc is open in the research group of Professor Anders Børglum, which is a part of the iPSYCH consortium, and located at Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University.

    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. (

    iPSYCH (Lundbeck Foundation Initiative 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 large-scale genetic studies to identify genetic risk factors for the disorders.
    Genetic data on around 130,000 individuals is currently analysed in iPSYCH. Additionally, the position will include work related to ongoing activities in the iSEQ center and Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, which is a joint data center between the Faculties of Health, Science and Technology, and Central Denmark Region, serving both research activities and personalized medicine activities. The centers aim at integrating multi-layered biological sequencing data with comprehensive phenotypic and environmental data to increase the understanding of the complex molecular systems governing biological function and human disease.


    The main focus of the work, in the advertised position, is to identify genetic risk factors and biological mechanisms underlying major psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, autism, depression and schizophrenia. The position entails analyses of large genetic data from thousands of individuals including sequencing data (mainly whole-exome sequencing) and SNP-array data for genome-wide association studies, as well as extended secondary analyses including integration with functional genomics data from external sources.

    The analyses will primarily be conducted at the national high-performance computer cluster GenomeDK at Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Substantial experience in handling and analysing large genetic data is required, in order to succeed in the position.

    Further information:
    The projects are typically part of international collaborations with the Broad Institute (Boston) and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium as key partners, and the Børglum group comprises researchers from several nationalities, underscoring the need for the candidate to document good communicative skills (verbal and writing).


    The position is for up to three years and may be extended further, potentially entering a tenure track.

    Start: as soon as possible

    Please note: shortlisting will be used


    Terms of employment:
    • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD 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 catalogue 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)


    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
    • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios ([...]lios/)
    • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
    • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
    • Template for applicant – postdoc must be completed and uploaded under 'Extra documents' ([...]stdoc)
    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.

    International applicant?
    Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here ([...]toau/). Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here. ([...]amme/)

    For more information please 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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