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Genomics/Sequencing Specialist to DanStem/CPR, University of Copenhagen

Posted by , on 29 October 2020

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The role of the next generation sequencing (NGS) specialist is to ensure daily operations at the Genomics Platform and to support researchers at two centres working on fundamental biological mechanism, the Novo Nordisk Centres for Protein Research (CPR) and Stem Cell Biology (DanStem), with expertise in functional genomics and single-cell sequencing applications. The advertised job is an exciting opportunity for strong candidates with a background in genomics technology to establish themselves in the field of genomics services. The genomics platform represents a joint venture that bridges the vibrant scientific environment that spans DanStem and the CPR and is central to scientific activities in both centers.

DanStem addresses fundamental research questions in stem cell and developmental biology and has activities focused on the translation of promising basic research results into new therapeutic strategies for cancer and chronic diseases. DanStem is a vibrant, internationally diverse and ambitious research center with state-of-the-art facilities. The setting is ideally suited for seamless collaboration and exchange with other centers and departments of the Faculty and Copenhagen science community.

Learn more about DanStem at

CPR promotes basic and applied research on human proteins of medical relevance. CPR spans broad areas of protein research, ranging from structural and mechanistic understanding of proteins and their cellular functions in chromatin biology and genome maintenance, to development of clinical applications of proteomics and systems biology. The vision of CPR is to combine the power of integrative protein technologies and their application to accelerate understanding of the biological processes underlying health and disease.

For more information about CPR, please visit

The genomics platform was established in 2017 by DanStem and CPR and is run by a sequencing specialist and a bioinformatics specialist. We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious candidate to join the platform as sequencing specialist with a focus on user support, method development and training. The genomics platform has access to its own NextSeq500, an Agilent Bravo, Fragment analysers and other necessary genomics equipment. Groups at CPR and DanStem are seeing a steady increase in genomics based experiments and assays that massively benefit from input and advice by the combined expertise of the genomics platform. The advertised job is an exciting opportunity for strong candidates to establish themselves in the field of genomics services in an exciting scientific environment provided by our well-established centers.

Job description
The role of the next generation sequencing (NGS) specialist is to ensure daily operations of the wet lab part of Genomics Platform. The tasks include: Supporting experimental design and advising potential users, training and assistance on library preparations (DNA and RNA based), running and overseeing the NextSeq500 sequencer, training the users on platform instruments (e.g. Fragment Analyser, liquid handling robot), providing advice on genomics tools and troubleshooting. It also includes ordering, stocking and supplying consumables specific to the genomics platform. Importantly, the applicant will be expected to introduce and support the establishment of new genomics applications as a service in collaboration with users.

Your profile

  • A degree in biotechnology, molecular biology, or appropriate biological or biomedical science with either PhD or MSc.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of NGS sample preparation workflows and applications.
  • Broad experience with functional genomics technologies (RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, HiC, scRNA-seq, etc.).
  • Previous experience with NGS bioinformatics is a plus.
  • Team oriented communication style and ability to manage experiment associated cost transparently and efficiently
  • Good English communication skills, both oral and written, are required.
  • Ability to connect and actively participate in exchange with other genomics platforms nationally and internationally

We offer

  • Stimulating, challenging and multifaceted research environment
  • A combination of active scientific service platforms to interact and to develop ideas together and expand available methodology at CPR and DanStem
  • Possibility for continued education and training
  • Attractive employment conditions
  • Central located workplace.

Employment conditions
The employment is a permanent position and is scheduled to start 1 March 2021 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate. The place of work is at DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, Copenhagen. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

In addition to the basic salary, a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary) and depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.

The employment will be as Research consultant (Specialkonsulent) depending on the selected candidate’s experiences and qualifications and the working time are 37 hours per week on average.

Your application must be submitted in English by clicking “Apply now” below and must include:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  3. Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s).

Only applications received in time 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.

Deadline for applications: 9 December 2020.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Joshua Brickman by e-mail:

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7,850 students, 1,700 PhD students and 4,800 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


Application deadline: 09-12-2020
Date of employment: 01-03-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department / Place: DanStem

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