If you have experience with microbiology and microbiome research, then you could be exactly who we’re looking for.
In recent years we have begun to understand the important role of the human microbiome in the development of chronic inflammatory disorders. In the proposed two-year postdoc project, we focus primarily on the early life skin microbiome, how this is shaped by the environment and what it means for later development of disease. This position will include international collaboration and is partly funded by an EU grant (https://biomap-imi.eu/).
Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC) is an internationally renowned research group consisting of approx. 45 employees all dedicated to revealing the causes of childhood asthma, allergy and eczema, as well as other chronic diseases in children. We have extensive data from the children on the many aspects of these diseases including symptoms, but also their general health, their genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics and immunological profiles.
In the COPSAC microbiome group consisting of 6 researchers, we work with sequenced microbial data from 700 mother-child pairs collected longitudinally from pregnancy up through childhood including samples from the gut, respiratory tract, skin, vagina and dust. So far, we have about 7,000 samples characterized at 16S level, and additionally certain time points are characterized with metagenomics and metaviromics. It is a unique material worldwide and continues to grow. We utilize lab and sequencing facilities with our collaborators, and therefore we are a data analysis group with a strong clinical focus.
As a Postdoc at COPSAC you will:
- Join our microbiome research group and contribute with the analysis of our complex clinical and microbiological data
- Get the opportunity to create your own research profile based on your experience and interests
- Join a highly qualified team of postdocs, research assistants and clinicians
- Get the comprehensive support of a large administrative team of data managers, IT support, and fundraising
- Be part of a well-functioning and inspiring workplace with a sincere and fun atmosphere
- Get loads of opportunities for bouncing ideas off colleagues and seeking advice
- Get in close collaboration with many national and international research groups, universities, and centers of excellence at the interphase of personalized medicine, microbiome and register-based research and epidemiology
- A PhD or equivalent experience, preferably within microbiology and/or bioinformatics
- Experienced in data analysis preferable in R
- Good understanding of how microbiological systems work and evolve
- Good communication skills and are proficient in spoken and written English
- You’d like to join a team and help support the group, but are also comfortable working independently and driving your own project
- Curious and passionate and would like to be in the front line, where research makes a difference
- Experience using machine learning and multivariate analysis applied to biological data and clinical outcomes
- Experience in microbiology laboratory procedures
- Knowledge in the human microbiome
- Skin is your favorite organ
Help make a difference
You will play a crucial role as a postdoc in a highly interdisciplinary research environment, which publishes scientific articles in the highest-ranking international journals. We have strong ambitions with plenty of space for sparring and professional development. You will work within a team of colleagues who are all passionate about their work and proud of their achievements. The research group is in the limelight, internationally, and the research topic enjoys great public interest. We have an amazing transnational and informal working environment, characterized by a pleasant atmosphere.
Are you interested?
If you want to know more about the position, please contact Jakob Stokholm (Tel no. +45 3867 7497 or Marianne Mikkelsen (+45 3867 3636) or read more about the research center at: www.copsac.com
Application deadline is February 20 2022. Salary and employment will be by agreement and according to current rules in the Capital Region of Denmark.