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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Soil Microbiology Bioinformatic analysis of 2nd. generation sequencing data

Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

ER2, 2 years starting 1. Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2013

Research Objectives: To improve bioinformatics analysis of high throughput DNA and cDNA sequencing data from soil samples.

Soil is by far the most species-rich of the Earth’s many microbial habitats with hundreds of thousands of different microbial species in a few grams. Soil will continue to be vital component contributing to ecosystem services. In this project we will use Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to explore the bacterial biodiversity and its links with ecosystem services. The project aims to Develop a high throughput analyses toolbox for soil biodiversity and activity –based on cutting-edge molecular technologies that will enable cost-efficient in-depth analyses of the diversity and activity of soil microorganisms and soil microfauna that will be used to help to evaluate ecosystem services that these soils provide. The candidate will link public bioinformatics pipelines and existing pipelines at collaborating partners, and will create relevant bioinformatic data sets on factors involved in evaluation of links between biodiversity and ecosystem function.

The position is funded for 2 years through a recently established “Trainbiodiverse” FP7Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The project will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Dept. of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The position is to be filled as close to 1 January 2012 as possible.

We are looking for an expert bioinformatician with experience in NGS data analysis and analysis of microbial metagenomic data including relevant statistical analysis.

● PhD in computer science, microbiology, molecular biology or similar.
● Documented experience with bioinformatic analysis of large metagenomic NGS data sets (i.e. SSU rDNA analyses, metabolism-specific gene analyses, comparative analyses, sequence assembly).
● Experience with UNIX/LINUX systems.
● Advanced knowledge of a scripting language such as Perl/Python/Ruby, and a programming language such as Java/C/C++.
● Fluency in English.
● You will be able to engage in teamwork within the group and our collaborators.

For further information, contact: Professor Søren J. Sørensen

The application must contain:
● Motivated letter of application
● Curriculum vitae
● List of publications
● Transcript of university examinations (in English)
● Contact details of 2 persons for references.
An assessment committee will evaluate the applications. The applicant will be notified of the composition of the committee. Each applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns her/him. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant.
Recruiting is in accordance with the rules for Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. Post doctoral candidates must either be in position of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. In both cases they should have less than 5 years of full-time research experience.
At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary is based on a national rule of the host organisation that is setting an amount of allowances different from the one established in the Grant Agreement and its Annexes. The salary is specified in the employment contract and expected to be between
Postdoctoral salary is expected to be between DKK 31,400 – 33,000 (approximately 4225 and 4440 Euro) per month. An additional 17.1 % of 100 % of the monthly salary paid directly to the pension fund.

Application procedure
We must have your online application by December 16th, 2011. Please open the link (see below) and fill in the application form and attach your application, CV, a list of publications, copy of master diploma and Ph.D. diploma, and possibly other material that you want to be included in the evaluation.

Recruitment for this position is complete

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered.

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