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Professor (WSR) in Bioinformatics and RNA Computational Biology

The Center for RNA Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, invites applications for a position as Professor (with specific responsibilities) in Bioinformatics and RNA Computational Biology. The position is open from January 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Clinical Medicine conducts research within all the clinical medical disciplines and provides teaching resources in all subject fields at the Faculty of Medicine of Aalborg University. The Department of Clinical Medicine has 40 affiliated research units organized in a series of cross-disciplinary research programs, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and neurological disorders. The Center for RNA Medicine (CRM) was established in 2015 and is located on the Copenhagen campus of Aalborg University in the heart of the South Harbor of Copenhagen. The main focus of CRM is to understand the biological functions of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) in human health and disease. We are currently pursuing several research projects that explore the roles of ncRNAs in the pathogenesis of cancer, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and obesity. Our long-term goal is to translate ncRNA discoveries into novel RNA-targeted therapeutic strategies for the treatment of life-threatening diseases. CRM participates in the FANTOM 6 project, has brand new, state-of-the-art research facilities and a broad international network of research collaborators. For more information about CRM, please visit our website: www.rna-medicine.dk

Job description

Responsibilities

CRM is seeking a highly motivated outstanding candidate with a strong interest in RNA-targeted therapeutics to establish a research group in RNA bioinformatics to strengthen the research environment at CRM. Research responsibilities include developing an independent research program in RNA computational biology, which synergizes with current research within CRM. In addition, the successful candidate is expected, to participate in ongoing research projects and collaborations at CRM including the NASH Research Consortium focused on developing microRNA-targeted therapeutics as a new treatment paradigm for NASH as well as the center’s long noncoding RNA projects related to the FANTOM 6 Consortium. Other research responsibilities include publication/academic dissemination and academic assessments. The candidate is expected to secure funding from Danish and international funding agencies.

Teaching responsibilities include research-based teaching and mentoring of Bachelor, Master’s and PhD students as well as development of new teaching activities in bioinformatics and RNA computational biology at the Department of Clinical Medicine. The successful candidate is expected to participate in teaching at campus Copenhagen and the main campus in Aalborg.

Qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have a strong research track record in computational biology with a focus in RNA bioinformatics and transcriptomics. The applicant should have documented original scientific production at an international level and should be driven to take a leading role in expanding the research and teaching activities at CRM including supervision of Masters and PhD theses and pursuit of external funding for novel and innovative research collaborations.

The level of qualifications shall correspond to the ordinary positions at the level of Professor, however, also the potential of the candidate to further develop the academic fields in question as well as a documented original scientific production shall be taken into consideration. An assessment of the ability of the candidate to undertake the specific projects related to the appointment in question will be particularly emphasized. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. 

Furthermore, the successful candidate for the position should possess the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Systems Biology or a similar area
  • A deep understanding of ncRNA biology and experience with gene silencing by antisense oligonucleotides and siRNAs
  • Bioinformatics expertise, including genome-wide analysis of transcriptomic data – RNA-seq, CAGE-seq , CIRCLE-seq, scRNA-seq analyses
  • Experience with writing code to implement algorithms and setting up data analysis pipelines
  • A proven track record of extensive program design and development with a focus on data visualization and exploration in transcriptomics
  • Ability to program in at least one widely used language, basic knowledge of Linux and proficient in applied statistics and R/BioC
  • Experience with wetlab-based research and integration of experimental and computational biology
  • Documented research-based teaching, including organization of Master’s and PhD courses in bioinformatics and RNA computational biology
  • Publications in high impact journals
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English

Appointment terms

A position as Professor with special responsibilities (WSR) is held for a limited time period and involves all the usual responsibilities associated with a full Professorship, as well as fixed-term specific functions. The appointment is limited to a five-year period with the possibility of a three-year extension. At the expiry of the appointment, the candidate will continue in a position as Associate Professor at the Center for RNA Medicine.

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Camilla Jonstrup Christensen, cjc@adm.aau.dk.

Further information

For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Sakari Kauppinen at ska@dcm.aau.dk

Application

The application must be submitted in English and must contain the following:

  • A cover letter (max. 2 pages), including motivations for applying for this position, and a summary of research experience and qualifications in relation to the position
  • Curriculum vitae, including information regarding received external funding
  • Diplomas and all relevant certificates for obtained MSc and PhD degrees.
  • A complete list of publications
  • Description of current and future research plans
  • Uploads of up to five relevant publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

The International Staff Unit (ISU) offers professional support and personalised guidance to all international staff members and guest researchers that wish to pursue their career at Aalborg University. You can read more about ISU here: www.isu.aau.dk. Please find more information about moving to and living in Copenhagen, work-life balance and the Danish welfare state by visiting the websites of International House Copenhagen: www.ihcph.kk.dk and Copenhagen Capacity: www.copcap.com/living-and-working.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark for the last ten years.An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

Please submit the application with the required attachments no later than October 31, 2019 using the "Apply online" button below. Only online applications will be accepted.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here

Agreement

Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

Vacancy number

2019-224-02406

Deadline

31/10/2019

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