Postdoc position in Genetics at Statens Serum Institut

Statens Serum Institut is offering a Postdoc scholarship. The deadline for applying this position is on February 15, 2015.

Little is known about the genetic regulation of metabolism in newborn infants and the possible influence on disease. Here, we will use cutting-edge mass spectrometry methodology on dried blood spot samples obtained through the routine Danish neonatal screening program. We will integrate the resulting high-dimensional metabolomics data with genome-wide SNP data aiming to

- (1) identify genetic determinants of metabolite levels in healthy newborns, and to
- (2) investigate the combined effect of genetic variants and metabolite levels on risk of specific diseases, such as pyloric stenosis.

The successful candidate will be supervised directly by Dr. Bjarke Feenstra. Besides the specific project, you will have the opportunity to work with a large portfolio of data collections including diagnosis and surgery codes from health registers linked with high-density genomics and metabolomics data. There will also be good opportunities to participate in large-scale international collaborations and to develop new research ideas.

The employment will be in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance 's circular concerning the job structure for scientific staff working with research at sector research institutions and the organization of Academics or the Danish Society of Engineers.

The successful applicant will be hired as a postdoctoral fellow for an initial 2-year period. The possibility exists for extension after this initial period depending on funding and performance. The position is available from April 1st 2015, or after agreement.

Application Requirements
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to lead the analyses of large-scale genetics and metabolomics data from newborns in a research project at the Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.

How to apply?
Your application must include a cover letter describing your motivation, CV (including education and experience), list of publications in peer reviewed journals, transcript of university examinations (in English or Danish), names and contact details for two job references.

The research qualifications will be assessed by an expert committee set up under the current job structure for scientific staff working with research at sector research institutions.

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