Metabolomics research scientist
Do you have a background in chemometrics, system biology and/or metabolomics?
Do you enjoy working interdisciplinary in an ambitious clinical research
environment? Then you are the candidate we are looking for.
COPSAC is an internationally recognized clinical research centre consisting of
approx. 40 employees. Our primary research focus areas are to uncover the
causes of childhood asthma, allergy and eczema and improve prevention of the
diseases. Our broader focus is to understand which early life factors that
define inflammatory tendency and the risk of developing asthma and allergy,
but also other chronic inflammatory diseases later in life. Recently, we have
conducted two randomized studies with dietary supplements in pregnancy
providing the possibility to study primary prevention of inflammatory
We closely follow 1100 children and their families and have longitudinal
clinical data and biological samples from several compartments collected over
the last 20 years. LC-MS based metabolomics profiles of the pregnant mothers,
children from birth, 18 months and 6 years exists. In addition, we have
available genetic, microbiological and immunological data that allow for
systems biology integrative omics analyses.
We have a very strong focus on high quality throughout the data chain, from
collecting samples, over clinical validation and quality assurance in
databases, for analysis and final publication of results. The aggregate data
material constitutes an international unique description of early life. As a
result, we continuously publish in highly acclaimed international journals,
such as NEJM, BMJ and Nature.
We are now seeking an ambitious and dedicated colleague to join our
metabolomics group as part of the ERC Starting Grant entitled DEFEND, which
aims at investigating how diet in pregnancy and early life shapes the child's
metabolism and how that is linked to asthma and neurodevelopment. You will be
involved in both in-house metabolomics research projects in the form of data
analysis and writing up scientific papers, but also international
collaboration with our partners at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
COPSAC is part of GC-HSP and Professor Hans Bisgaard leads the Clinical
Academic Group (CAG) entitled
“Modulating the Infant Microbiome for Disease Prevention”. GCHSP is a new
initiative to facilitate translational collaboration between basic scientists
at University of Copenhagen and clinical researchers at
the hospitals in Greater Copenhagen.
Participation in a research environment at a high international level
Possibility to contribute to high-ranking publications
Possibility to lead projects that suit your skills / professional profile
Possibility to gain experience in guidance and international cooperation
Research support from data managers, IT, fundraising, economics, etc.
A well-functioning, unpretentious and inspiring workplace with good work-
Curious, passionate and enjoy being in the front line, where research
makes a difference
Dedicated, ambitious and capable of initiating self-propelled progress
Like working in an interdisciplinary working environment characterized by
high academic level and a dynamic everyday life, where the focus can
change as new results are uncovered
Able to communicate complex analyses and results to colleagues with non-
Be sure to seek and absorb new knowledge as relevant technology develops
Strong communicator in general and especially safe by communicating in
English both verbally and in writing
Can display relevant scientific publications for the last 3 years
Postdoc experience in chemometrics, biostatistics or equivalent.
Preferred background in metabolomics (wet and / or dry lab experience) -
alternatively experience with related omics.
Fluent in performing and interpreting statistical analyses in R, including
univariate linear, survival and non-parametric models as well as
multivariate analysis through PCA, PLS, networks, etc.
Knowledge of bioinformatic database mining.
You have a biological and/or medical understanding, but do not have to be
Make a difference
You will play a crucial role as postdoc in a highly interdisciplinary research
environment. You will work in a team of colleagues who are all passionate
about their work and proud of their results. The research group has
international awareness and the area enjoys great public interest. We have a
great working environment, characterized by a good mood and an informal round
of things. We have high ambitions with plenty of space for sparring and
Are you interested?
If you want to know more about the position, please contact Professor Bo
Chawes or Head of Administration Marianne Mikkelsen on phone 38 67 73 60 or
read more about the COPSAC research centre at: www. copsac.com.
Application deadline is February 1, 2022. The employment is for 24 months with
the possibility for extension. Salary and employment will be by agreement and
according to current rules in the Capital Region of Denmark.
Copenhagen Studies of Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC) at Gentofte Hospital is
a clinical translation research centre for childhood asthma. By coupling
clinical and fundamental research, we have made some important discoveries
that have gained great international recognition and will make an important
difference for childhood asthma. COPSAC is a self-governing institution that
provides contributions from public and private funds. COPSAC consists of 40
highly committed and professionally skilled researchers who work in an
unpretentious and inspiring environment against new important results. Find
out more at www. copsac.com.