Scientific Data Programmer at the Disease Systems Biology Programme at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent Scientific Data Programmer to support our efforts at the Translational Disease Systems Biology group to commence as soon as possible.


Our research

The Translational Disease Systems Biology group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – offers a position as Scientific Data Programmer. The Center has been established at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen to promote basic and applied discovery research on human proteins of medical relevance. The Center comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, bioinformatics and general characterization of disease mechanisms.

The Programme for Disease Systems Biology consists of three research groups covering many systems level aspects of biology and medicine, including the integration of molecular-level data and healthcare data, for example laboratory test data and biomedical texts. The Translational Disease Systems Biology group ( led by Professor Søren Brunak focuses on establishing early competitive advantage in disease-relevant computational analysis across the general areas of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, systems biology and medical informatics.


Your job

The work for the selected candidate includes working with big biomedical data. The candidate will work with designing and programming pre-processing solutions for new data sets in close collaboration with the researchers who will work on the data. The candidate will work with encryption, preprocessing and maintenance of the data. Structuring files and documenting the work flows will be a prime task for future understanding of how the files have been processed. The daily work includes many different tasks to be prioritized, and manual tasks such as documenting data sets, or curating test results will also occur.



The successful candidate will be supporting scientific staff in both processing of new data, validation, adaptation of data and updating existing classifications. The ideal candidate will have a background in programming, experience with databases and strong communicative abilities.

The candidate has experience with the following key competences:

  • Applicants should hold an MSc degree in bioinformatics, computer science, life sciences or a related discipline with demonstrable programming skills
  • Proficiency in at least one of the scripting languages (e.g. Python, R)
  • Competences in creating customized data transformation scripts
  • Comfortable with shell-scripting and working with Unix/Linux platforms
  • Understanding the basic principles of High-Performance Computing clusters
  • Solid problem-solving and collaborative skills
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English


  • Knowledge of systems biology and/or biomedicine
  • Experience with relational databases e.g. PostgreSQL/MySQL
  • Experience with processing unstructured data
  • Experience with validation of data analysis pipelines
  • Experience with basic data visualization techniques


Place of employment

The place of employment is at CPR (, University of Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center.


Terms of salary and employment

The employment as Scientific Data Programmer is a full time position. Starting date is as soon as possible. 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.


You will be classified after your relevant experience according to the AC agreement. Employment will be as Academic Research Officer or as Research Consultant after qualifications. It will be possible to negotiate supplements due to qualifications and experience.



For further information regarding the position, please contact Piotr Chmura ( or Christina Vester (  



Your application should be in English and 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: 1 November 2020, 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: 01-11-2020
Employment start: 15-12-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

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