Research Assistant in cancer genetics (Future PhD-student)

The Research Unit of Clinical Genetics, Department of Clinical Research, invites applications for a position as research assistant in cancer genetics (bioinformatics/ molecular genetics) in preparation for a 3-year Ph.D. position.

The Ph.D. project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Genetics at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen (where part of the working hours will lie).

The position is vacant from September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

As research assistant you will be a part of a research group aiming to develop methods for interpretation of genetic data and improving understanding of important clinical and biological aspects of cancer including biological mechanisms, diagnostics, prognosis and choice of treatment. Advanced genome analyses and bioinformatics is applied to the large amounts of often very complex data. The projects are inter-disciplinary collaborations between clinicians, bioinformaticians, genome interpreters and the data includes genome and RNA sequencing using short read and long read technologies.

In collaboration with the project team the new research assistant will be expected to plan a Ph.D. project in preparation for a subsequent already financed Ph.D. position .

We offer

  • Scientific challenging assignments with clinical perspective
  • Dynamic collaboration with specialists in different fields
  • Scientific support from supervisors and co-workers at Department of Clinical Genetics and Clinical Genome Center in Odense and co-supervisors at Department of Genetics at Rigshospitalet.
  • Research education in a fast developing area at both hospitals and universities.

Expectations of qualifications

The applicant will be expected to:

  • Have a Master’s degree in science or engineering
  • Have a speciality in bioinformatics, biomedicine, molecular biology or similar
  • Preferably have experience in analysis and interpretation of complex data e.g. DNA, RNA and long-read sequencing data and biological problems.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Mads Thomassen, Department of Clinical Genetics, Odense University Hospital,, tlf. 65412839

Professor Thomas v. O. Hansen, Department of Genetics, Rigshospitalet,, tlf. 26836044

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The position is temporary and will be available from September 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022. 

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must include (as PDF- or docx-files):

  • A cover letter
  • A CV
  • Academic Certificates inclusive of Master’s degree diploma
  • An explanation of other qualifications relevant to the position.

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

(Shortlisted) applications will be assessed by experts within the field of bioinformatics/ molecular genetics.

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


Odense and Copenhagen

Deadline: 2022-08-01 at 23:59

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Monday August 1st, 2022