Researcher in Microbial Bioinformatics

DTU Food
Monday 07 May 18

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The National Food Institute (DTU Food) seeks a candidate for a researcher in microbial bioinformatics, within the area of using whole genome sequencing for studying local and global evolution and transmission of different, mainly foodborne, bacterial species.

The researcher will be affiliated with the Research Group for Genomic Epidemiology, which has the primary task of conducting targeted research with the aim of predicting and preventing infectious diseases in humans and animals, and supporting global detection, surveillance and control. The group provides advisory service to the Danish Food Authorities on detection of foodborne outbreaks. The research group is an EU reference laboratory for antimicrobial resistance and WHO collaborating centre for antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens and genomics. The research combines expertise in conventional and molecular microbiology with epidemiology and bioinformatics.

The position as researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

The Research Group for Genomic Epidemiology provides advisory service on the use of whole genome sequencing for pathogen detection and characterisation including sharing of data and outbreak detection to the Danish Food Authorities, EU, WHO and FAO.

The group is also, with several partners worldwide, establishing a global surveillance of infectious diseases and AMR based on sharing of data from single isolates and metagenomic sequencing (,,
An important objective is to routinely characterise and compare whole genome sequencing data from various pathogens and as part of the advisory service, provide 24/7 ad hoc advice including bioinformatics analyses.

The researcher’s main responsibility will be to analyse and interpret sequencing data from various, mainly bacterial isolates, study evolution and phylogeny, assist in detection and provide assistance, including development of training for sharing and analysing such data.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Your main responsibility will be to analyse and interpret whole genome sequencing data from different, mainly foodborne, bacterial species and assist in using WGS for routine surveillance and outbreak detection.
  • You will accomplish this by performing research into the evolution and phylogeny of bacterial species and setting up relevant bioinformatic pipelines and be available when outbreaks occur.
  • You will communicate research results by presenting data at project meetings and international conferences, and write reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • You will engage in the general advisory service carried out by the research group, including continuous advice to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and international organizations.
  • You will assist in training, capacity building and development of online bioinformatic and teaching tools, including eLearning.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

The ideal candidate:
  • Holds a PhD degree within bioinformatics.
  • Has documented experience with analysing bacterial whole genome sequences, including studying phylogeny.
  • Preferably, has experience with foodborne diseases and advisory service, as well as capacity building though courses and eLearning.
  • Is able to work independently and able to plan and carry out complex tasks, while also having the ability to engage constructively and positively in a large, international and cross-disciplinary research group.
  • Has good English communication skills, oral and written.
  • Is ambitious and has a strong drive for obtaining high-quality results.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position as researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Frank M. Aarestrup,, tel.: +45 3588 6281.

You can read more about the Genomic Epidemiology Research Group at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 May 2018 (local time). 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Views regarding teaching and research, based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.
24 MAY 2018