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A PhD Fellowship in ncRNA genomics is available for a highly motivated candidate in the Andersen Group at BRIC, University of Copenhagen

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The group and our researchThe focus of our research is translational medicine in primary human liver and hepatobiliary cancers with emphasis on next-generation sequencing in the characterization of tumor heterogeneity (e.g. single-cell RNAseq), as well as prognostic or predictive biomarker discovery to aid novel therapeutics and clinical efficacy. It is our goal to improve diagnosis, clinical decision-making and ultimately patient outcome through translational and pharmacogenomics discoveries. This is facilitated in our Group via interdisciplinary research as well as a strong international network of scientific and clinical collaborators.

Project/ The research project(s)
The successful candidate will join a research group that utilizes genome-wide technologies and approaches including genomic and epigenomic profiling, NGS and single-cell genomics. We use genomics-driven strategies to characterize and classify patient subgroups to identify oncogenic drivers and addiction networks with the aim of improving diagnostics and treatment. We unite research directly on patient samples and clinicopathological data with basic molecular in vitro and in vivo models.

A requirement for this PhD fellowship is a prior track record in bioinformatics. Emphasis will be given to a candidate with background in liver cancer and non-coding (nc) RNAs.

Start: Preferably 1 January 2016 or after agreement.
Duration: 3 years as a PhD

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with the following qualifications:

  • A Master of Science in molecular biology or similar
  • Experience in bioinformatics
  • Knowledge about liver cancer and ncRNA
  • Interest in NGS
  • Excellent communication and written skills in English

To be considered for the position as PhD fellow, it is a condition, that your Master of Science degree is considered to be equivalent to a Danish Master of Science (

For further information regarding the position, please contact Associate Professor Jesper B. Andersen on e-mail:

Place of employment and work
The employment and place of work is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. BRIC is located close to the centre of Copenhagen, in the Copenhagen Biocenter. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, a number of cutting-edge core facilities shared between the 23 research groups at BRIC and the neighboring Finsen Laboratory and a well-functioning administrative and technical support. We have weekly journal clubs, data clubs, seminars with invited speakers and a young researchers club ASAP and our own PhD programme, MoMeD. BRIC actively participates in the European alliance, EU-life consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions

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Terms of salary and employment
The appointment as PhD fellow is for 3 years. It is conditioned upon the candidates’ success­ful enrolment in the PhD programme. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the candidate no later than December 2015.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’s rules on achieving the degree.
Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 25.556 DKK (ca. 3.400 EUR) plus pension.

Application Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below or via BRIC’s website on The application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of Master of Science certificate. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
  4. Publication list (if possible)

Letters of recommendation
Furthermore, the applicant should provide two letters of recommendation. To be taken into consideration, the letter must be signed by the supporting person on paper with institutional letter head and in PDF-format. They should be sent before deadline to with subject “Andersen-PhD-Oct2015”; preferably by the supporting person. Please make sure that an easy match between the recommendation letter and the individual applicant is possible.

Application deadline: October 27, 2015

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements.

We reserve the right not to consider applications or supplementary material received after deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements.

The further process
Shortlist: After expiry of the application deadline, the superior with power to appoint selects a number of applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised.

Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministry Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities 2012 and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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BRIC and University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.