RE-ADVERTISEMENT Postdoc in genomics of substance use disorders

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for an exciting position as Postdoc in the field of genetic liability of substance use disorders as per 15 August 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term fulltime position for three years.

We offer a vibrant international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor’s degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. Our infrastructure is well developed with modern laboratories, core and animal facilities. You will work either in the brand new ‘Skou Building’ or similar as we are in the process of modernizing our old facilities. You can read more about the department and about the faculty .

About the research project The project entails analyses of comprehensive genome-wide genetic data mainly generated by the iPSYCH consortium including more than 130,000 genotyped individuals.

The work involves both national and international collaborations including cooperation with researchers in the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium.

Your job responsibilities As Postdoc in genomics of substance use disorders your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.

Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
  • Statistical analyses of large-scale genetic datasets to identify genetic risk variants shared across substance use disorders and disentangle those from substance specific risk variants. Additioanlly, a part of the work will focus on identification and characterization of the shared genetic architecture of substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders.
  • You will be responsible for conducting genome-wide association analyses, including relevant quality control steps, imputation, association analyses, and structural equation modeling incorporating genetic data.
  • You will also be responsible for conducting secondary analyses using GWAS data, such as e.g. gene-set enrichment analyses, transcriptome-wide association studies based on imputed gene expression and polygenic risk score analyses.
  • The position also entails teaching activities at the Faculty of Health including Medical Genetics course and supervision of medical students in research projects.

Your competences You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas:

  • Strong experience in handling and analysing large genetic datasets.
  • Experience with high-performance computer clusters and/or cloud computing platforms.
  • Experience with GWAS, functional genomics and secondary GWAS bioinformatic analyses is expected, together with knowledge of programing languages.
  • Great analytic and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity with structural equation modelling involving genetic data would be beneficial.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Highly motivated, self-driven and with a strong background in statistical analyses in the field of genomics.

As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet .

Shortlisting will be used.

Questions about the position If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Ditte Demoontis by email .

Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C.

We expect to conduct interviews end-June 2021.

Terms of employment

  • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the

. * The appointment is in accordance with the

(Akademikerne). * Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the

. * The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc position with minimum 3 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree is DKK 486,969.17 or DKK 512,713.62 with minimum 4 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.

  • Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a

with a lower tax rate. * Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the.

Application Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted

must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’ * Strategic research plan can be uploaded

  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system

We refer to the faculty’s .

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Letter of reference If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant? Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark . Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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