Sequencing engineer (AC-TAP) for the GeoGenetics Sequencing Core Facility

We are looking for a dedicated and independent staff scientist/sequencing engineer to run our high-throughput sequencing facility from 1 July 2021 or after agreement.

The Section for GeoGenetics at the GLOBE institute offers a busy and stimulating working environment, with a high degree of flexibility and a strong tradition for collaboration. Headed by Prof. Eske Willerslev, the GeoGenetics Sequencing Core Facility has been producing data for world-leading research group in ancient genomics for over a decade.

Your job
The overall responsibilities are the administering, and developing our high-throughput Illumina sequencing workflow, including, planning of sample flow, QC and sequencing, and participating in lab work. The work is conducted in close collaboration with staff technicians and other members of the scientific staff.

The tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Responsibility for the daily operation of NGS laboratory infrastructure.
  • Responsibility for coordinating activities in the production pipeline.
  • Responsibility for quality control of sequencing data and transfer to users.
  • Responsibility for maintaining and developing lab systems e.g. lab protocols, IT infrastructure, instruments, LIMS, ELN, website.
  • Technical support for lab users and customers of the sequencing services.
  • Follow the technological development.
  • Ad hoc R&D projects.

We are looking for an enthusiastic staff scientist with the following competencies and experience:

  • Relevant academic degree (e.g. MSc) within bioscience, or engineering, specialized in molecular biology, biochemistry, or another relevant topic.
  • Extensive experience with general molecular biology and preferably aDNA wet lab procedures, preferably with experience with automated laboratory workflows.
  • Basic knowledge on bioinformatics workflows, Linux and NGS data analysis.
  • An independent, rational and pragmatic mindset promoting collaboration and solutions.
  • Self-motivated and genuinely interested in high-throughput sequencing applications.
  • highly organized personality with strong attention to detail with demonstrated skills in troubleshooting.
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English and (optionally) Danish.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the GeoGenetics Sequencing Core, at Bartholinsgade 2, 1356 K, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include molecular biology laboratories and dedicated clean lab facilities for aDNA as well as the core facility for high-throughput DNA sequencing.

Terms of salary and employment
The employment as ‘staff scientist’ (AC-TAP) is a full-time permanent position. Starting date is 1 July 2021 or after agreement. Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Lasse Vinner on

Your application should in English include:

  • Letter of application addressing the requirements (max. one page).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

Application deadline: 25 May 2021, 23.59 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.

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.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 25-05-2021
Department/Location: GLOBE Institute
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