Postdoc in Bioinformatics

Applications are invited for a postdoc position in Bioinformatics in the laboratory of DNRF Chair and Novo Nordisk Faculty Professor Vijay Tiwari ( at the Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

The starting date is June 1, 2023 (or as soon as possible thereafter), and the initial contract is for 2 years with the possibility of extension for another two years.

Department of Molecular Medicine aims to generate new knowledge on the function of the human body and disease mechanisms, thereby contributing to improved human health. IMM hosts an interdisciplinary group of experts in cancer biology and neurobiology and is in close proximity to the experts in genomics, proteomics and chromatin biology. Such a promising environment elicits translational collaborations with clinical practice and research toward understanding mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of various human diseases.

Tiwari lab works on single-cell genomics and gene regulation, combining new single-cell and spatial omics technologies with bioinformatics and machine learning. In this project, the candidate will develop new computational strategies to identify human genetic variation linked to cell fate changes in neurodevelopmental disorders and cancer. The candidate can use and combine single-cell ATAC-seq, single-cell RNA-seq, spatial gene expression, and whole-genome sequencing (with long reads) data. The candidate will get the opportunity to explore new analysis methods using deep learning. Depending on the interest, it is also possible to be involved in the wet lab, to perform single-cell sequencing and other experiments.

To learn more, please refer to the selected publications from the Tiwari lab:

Nature Cell Biology, 2022, 24, 1265–1277; Genes & Development, 2020, Sep; 34(17-18):1190-1209; Nature, 2019, Mar; 567(7746):113-117; Cell Stem Cell, 2018, Oct 4; 23(4):557; Nature Communications, 2017 Nov 15;8(1):1523; The EMBO Journal, 2016 Jan 4;35(1):24-45; J Cell Science, 2015 Dec 1;128(23):4380-94; The EMBO Journal, 2015 Aug 13;34(16):2162-81; Genome Research, 2015 Sep;25(9):1309-24; Nature Communications, 2013, Sep 27; 4:2478; Cancer Cell, 2013, 23, 768-783; PNAS, 2012 Apr 17;109(16): E934-43; Nature Genetics, 2012 Jan; 18;44(1):94-100; Nature, 2011 Dec 14;480(7378):490-5.    

You will

•    Employ new computational strategies to identify human genetic variation linked to cell-fate changes in cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders. 
•    Analyze bulk, single-cell and multi-omics datasets
•    Lead projects on gene regulatory mechanisms that contribute to the development and disease
•    Support research and development activities within the group
•    Maintain accurate and detailed records of research activities 
•    Support the group leader in everyday routines including training new group members
•    Support the group leader in grant applications and management 
•    Collaborate with internal and external partners
•    Engage in teaching as required

Required Qualifications

•    PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Bio-engineering, or equivalent. 
•    Excellent track record in Bioinformatics with at least one first-author publication
•    Programming experience is required (Python, R). 
•    Experience with machine learning is a plus (e.g., Tensorflow/Keras/PyTorch). 
•    Experience with software containers and/or NextFlow is a plus. 
•    Strong analytical, organizational, and record-keeping skills
•    Interest in working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team 
•    Willing to collaborate with internal and external collaborators as well as support group members
•    Experience and interest in teaching

We offer 

•    The possibility to engage in high-impact, multidisciplinary research
•    A stimulating, diverse and international research environment 
•    An initial contract for two years, with the possibility of extension for another two years
•    Advanced training opportunities 
•    Highly motivated research team and international collaborations
•    Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
•    A supportive scientific and social network, including mentoring and career development
•    A competitive salary and social benefits (e.g. health coverage, parental leave, social security etc.)
•    Support with practical, social, and legal aspects (e.g. housing, visa, tax etc.) through our international staff office (ISO) and the department.

For further information, please contact Professor Vijay Tiwari at 


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


Applications must be in English and submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”.

The attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

We strongly recommend that you read “How to apply” before you apply – see below

Application should include

  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation, and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages).
  • A detailed CV, including personal contact information (max three pages).
  • A complete and numbered publication list.
  • Evidence of Master’s and Ph.D. degrees.
  • A research plan
  • A teaching portfolio
  • At least two signed reference letters mentioning the applicant’s name. (Should your referees wish to send their letters directly, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line.) Please note that these also need to reach us before the deadline.

Only applications submitted online and written in English will be accepted for evaluation. 

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Applications may be shortlisted. 

Living and working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salary, taxation, housing and accompanying family

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

Further details

How to apply


Deadline: 2023-04-16 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Sunday April 16th, 2023