PhD scholarship in human disease genetics using high throughput sequencing data

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in human disease genetics using high throughput sequencing data commencing 01.02.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The 3-year PhD scholarship is available with Associate Professors Ida Moltke and Anders Albrechtsen in the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate is expected to work on analysis of high-throughput sequencing data of different types ranging from whole genome data to gut microbiome data.

Description of the scientific environment

he position will be joint between the groups of Associate Professors Ida Moltke (IM) and Anders Albrechtsen. Both Ida Moltke’s and Anders Albrechtsen’s groups develop and apply statistical and computational approaches to genomic data within medical genetics as well as population genetics. Their groups have joint group meetings and have already had a lot of collaborative projects which have let to interesting findings For more information about the two research groups see &

Project description

The specific projects will focus on analyses of data from the Greenlandic population and will include GWAS based on whole genome data, gut microbiome and a range of follow-up studies where we will investigate the consequences and underlying mechanism of the identified GWAS hits. 

Principal supervisor is Associate professor, Ida Moltke in the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of biology,  and Associate professor, Anders Albrechtsen in the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of biology,

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Requirements for the applicants are:

  • MSc degree in bioinformatics, statistical genetics or a related quantitative field
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Completed formal courses in basic programming
  • Completed formal courses in analysis of large genetic data sets including NGS data

In addition to these formal requirements, we are looking for a candidate that:

  • has experience with GWAS
  • has experience and a strong interest in medical genetics and statistical genetics
  • is highly motivated to understand the role that genetics play in a range of different diseases and disease related phenotypes 
  • has experience with the programming languages R
  • has experience with working in Linux
  • has experience in working with large-scale genetic data, including low depth sequencing data
  • has experience with development of mathematical methods or algorithms
  • is highly motivated, responsible, and able to work independently in a structured manner
  • has good interpersonal and communication skills

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 at a minimum DKK 331.125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

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

Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),

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

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2020, 23:59 GMT+2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor e-mail: or

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .


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Application deadline: 21-09-2020
Employment start: 01-02-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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