Postdoc researcher position on bird comparative genomics

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

A postdoc researcher position on bird comparative genomics study will be open in Department of Biology at University of Copenhagen from January 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will last for three years.

Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG)
The research group is led by Prof. Guojie Zhang with the research focus on biodiversity genomics. The research group has developed many large-scale genomics studies to understand the evolutionary process and mechanisms for speciation and adaptation for broad spectrum of animal taxa. The group has good international environment and consists of researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, genomics, evolution, developmental biologist, and ecology. More detail about the research group can be found from

Your job
CBG has initiated several large-scale phylogenomics projects in the last few years. The Bird Genome 10K project ( is one of the most prominent international genomics projects and aims to produce the reference genomes for 10,000 bird species. We recently collected the reference genomes for over 300 bird species. One of the main research topics in B10K project is on the evolution of regulatory elements and their roles on the development of bird phenotypic diversity. The main tasks for this position including performing experiment for collecting the functional genomic data, developing computational tools for annotate the functional genomic elements, and investigating the evolution of the regulatory elements. Other tasks will also involve the coordination for sample collection, genomic sequencing and processing, manuscript writing, and progress report preparation. The candidate will also commit part of the time for teaching in course relevant to the research program.

We can offer you a highly ambitious yet friendly working environment where the cross-disciplinary research is conducted. The CBG often establishes collaboration with the top labs in the relevant fields to strengthen the research program. Therefore, the candidate will be exposed to international collaboration and should have the ability to coordinate the collaboration project.

Further information on the Department is linked at .

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

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The ideal applicant holds a PhD within evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics, comparative genomics or close research field, and possess the following:

  • Hands-on experience with functional regulatory elements 
  • Hands-on experience with programing and bioinformatics
  • Familiarity with comparative genomics and evolutionary genomics
  • Experience on project coordination involved multi-parties
  • Teaching experience and student supervision
  • Creativity and ability to be both team-oriented and independent
  • A proven record of excellent writing skill

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Complete publication list
  • Contacts of three refeers

The deadline for applications is 8 November 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at


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Application deadline: 08-11-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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