Postdoc in in Cancer Bioinformatics in the Porse Group at the Finsen Laboratory/BRIC
University of Copenhagen, BRIC

Postdoc in in Cancer Bioinformatics in the Porse Group at the Finsen Laboratory/BRIC


Postdoc in in Cancer Bioinformatics in the Porse Group at the Finsen Laboratory/BRIC Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen 


An exciting position in cancer bioinformatics with focus on both normal and malignant hematopoiesis as well as cancer stem cell models is available in the Porse Group, at the Finsen Laboratory/Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)/DanStem at the University of Copenhagen. The position is initially for two years and can be filled immediately. 


We are looking for a PhD level computational biologist with a strong quantitative background. In our group, we seek to answer fundamental questions in cancer biology using diverse set of omics data (RNA-seq, single cell RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, proteomics, etc) and have an expertise in generating and integrating the analysis of these datasets. 

Information about BRIC and Danstem can be found at and 


Our research 

Several cancers, including acute myeloid leukemias (AML), are maintained by Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs). Similar to normal stem cells, CSCs are able to self-renew and are thus the cells that need to be targeted in order to efficiently eradicate the disease. The focus of the Porse group is therefore to study cancer from a stem-cell centric viewpoint. Specifically, we want to understand how various factors, such as histone modifications, DNA methylation, transcription factor binding and RNA splicing governs precise regulation of gene expression in normal and malignant hematopoiesis. In this respect, we also use cutting-edge single-cell technologies to unravel the differences in normal and cancer stem cells at single cell resolution. With these studies, we aim to identify novel targets for future therapeutic intervention in patients suffering from AML.  


Recent publications from the lab with a strong computational biology component: 

Lauridsen FKB et al., Cell Reports 2018, 24, 766-780 

Pundhir S et al., Cell Reports 2018, 23, 2744-2757 

Paul F et al., Cell 2015, 163, 1663-77 

Pundhir S, Nucleic Acids Research 2016, 44, 4037-51 

Bagger FO et al., Nucleic Acids Research 2016, 44, D917-24 

Rapin N et al., Blood 2014, 123, 894-904 

Vitting-Seerup K et al., BMC Bioinformatics 2014, 15, 81 

Jakobsen JS et al., Genome Research 2013, 23, 592-603 

Weischenfeldt J. et al, Genome Biology 2012, 13, R35 

Your job  

The successful candidate will join our bioinformatics team dedicated in analyzing high-throughtput data generated in our lab. As part of the core team, you will have the excellent opportunity to contribute directly to multiple research projects, from experimental design to data analysis and interpretation. You will also be encouraged to work on your own ideas within the broad interest of our lab with a possibility of supporting the computational predictions with experimental work in the lab.  



We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience: 


Essential experience and skills: 


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competences and experience: 


  • Essential: PhD in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or Computational Biology 

  • Strong experience in Python or R and in Linux/UNIX computing environment. 

  • Experience in integrated analysis of large-scale biological data sets, such as ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, and RNA-seq 

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, including the ability to work well in a diverse academic setting, and to balance scientific and day-to-day needs 

  • Ability to work in a team of multidisciplinary scientists, and independently with minimal direction 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English 


Desirable experience and skills:


  • Experience with analysis of single cell RNA-seq data 

  • Experience with applying supervised and unsupervised statistical learning and mathematical methods to biological problems 

  • Background in molecular biology and genetics, especially related to disease and drug development will be considered an advantage. 


Place of employment 

The place of employment is at the Finsen Laboratory/BRIC, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories. Moreover, we offer 1) access to state-of-the art tools and infrastructure; 2) tailored support in raising competitive funds and communicate your research and 3) A stimulating and supportive international research environment. We have weekly internal seminars with PhD students and postdocs presenting their work as well as external seminars with international speakers. BRIC also hosts several research clubs; hematology club, Chromosome Biology club, Stem cell club and single cell transcriptomics seminar series. The institute has an association for students and postdocs (ASAP), a PhD programme (MoMeD) and a Postdoc Career Programme (PCP). BRIC has extensive international collaborations and actively participates in the European alliance, EU-LIFE consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions and is part of the EU-funded LIBRA initiative to obtain gender balance in life science research.   


BRIC has a highly international profile (more than 60% international researchers) and English as working language. An International Staff Mobility Office at UCPH supports and guides international researchers through your initial steps in Denmark (e.g. residence and work permits, tax and pension, banking, medical care, childcare). They also offer a dual career network open for spouses of our researchers. 


Terms of employment  

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is as soon as possible. 


Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,700 DKK/ approx. 4,516 Euro (October 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund. 


Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years. 


The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013. 



For further information please contact  


Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).  


Application procedure 

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format: 


1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page). 

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position. 

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do. 

4. List of publications. 


Application deadline:  January 4, 2019, 23.59pm CET  


We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements. 


The further process  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.  


You can read about the recruitment process at 


The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.  


Interviews are expected to be held late January 2019. 


University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone. 

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