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Data Scientist for the National Health Data Science Sandbox for Training and Research

The Clinical Data Science Group, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University is hiring a data scientist for a national sandbox infrastructure in health data science. The position is for three years and starting 01-04-2021 or as soon as possible.


The National Health Data Science Sandbox for Training and Research

Research and training in health data science are greatly needed, but it is complicated by the person-sensitive nature of health data. We are establishing a national infrastructure, a sandbox, in which students and researchers can work with data without any risk of leaking personal information. In the sandbox, users will have access to synthetic data that looks like real data as well as tools, computer programs and supercomputing power, exactly as if they worked on a real project, and therefore it will be easy to move from the sandbox to real applications. The Sandbox is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is a national collaboration between Danish Universities and headed by Professor Anders Krogh at the Center for Health Data Science at UCPH. The Sandbox project is currently coordinating recruitment of staff at all partners: 
  • KU: Coordinates tools and data for transcriptomics, single cell and image analysis
  • AAU: Coordinates health register data and tools
  • AU: Coordinates tools and data in genomics and online teaching tools
  • SDU: Coordinates tools and data for proteomics and integration with U-cloud
  • DTU: Coordinates data and tool curation, social media and wearables data, interoperability
About the Clinical Data Science Group
The group is a part of Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Department of Haematology, Aalborg University hospital and works primarily with methodological development and application of bioinformatics, biostatistics, machine learning, and data management within clinical research. The group is interdisciplinary and employs biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, software developers, and data managers who collaborate with molecular biologists and healthcare professionals throughout the Danish healthcare sector. Based on health care data and molecular biomarkers, the focus is currently on establishing scalable, national decision support tools for personalized medicine.

The main task of the data scientists is to develop the sandbox infrastructure. You will be responsible for developing a part of the infrastructure and for supporting users. You will work closely together with four other data scientists at the other participating universities, and you will be mainly responsible for some selected types of data and corresponding tools. You will refer to Professor Martin Bøgsted, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University.

Your academic profile:

You should hold a MSc or a PhD degree (or similar level of experience) in bioinformatics, computer science, biostatistics, or a field of science relating to data science. You are expected to have:

  • Strong programming skill in one of the main languages
  • Experience or willingness to learn Python
  • Familiarity with Linux

Additionally, you should be able to tick off several of these points:

  • You have experience with:
    • Health register data
    • Molecular biomarkers (e.g. RNA- and DNA-seq data)
    • Analysis of biomedical images
  • You are familiar with sensitive medical data and GDPR compliance rules
  • You are well-versed in working with large datasets, e.g., storage, data management, and computing

Valued personal competencies:

  • Independent and creative
  • Outgoing and enjoy to provide advice within your field of expertise
  • Proficient in English
  • Flexible and interested in taking on different tasks

For further information regarding the position, please contact professor in bioinformatics and statistics, Martin Bøgsted, Tel.: +45 5092 5639, Email:

Løn og ansættelsesvilkår

The employment will be as academic officer in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Your salary level will be based on seniority, and a supplement may be negotiated. There is a monthly contribution to a pension fund (17.1% of the salary).

How to apply: Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ (Søg stillingen online) below. The application must include:

  • A short letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae including publications
  • Masters and PhD diploma (or equivalent)
  • References and/or letters of recommendation

Application deadline: Monday the 1st of March 2021 at 23:59 CEST. 

Please note that only applications submitted online by the deadline and consisting of the above listed documents will be considered. Applications and/or any material received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Working hours: Full time.
Probation period is 3 months.

Department/Location: Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Sdr. Skovvej 15, 9000 Aalborg.

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





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