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PhD position in Computational Chemical Biology group

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Technical University of Denmark
19 June 2012

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PhD position in Computational Chemical Biology group 

Job description 
A PhD position is available for immediate start in the Computational Chemical Biology group at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Department of Systems Biology,Technical University of Denmark.

The Center for Biological Sequence Analysis conducts basic research in the field of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics and systems biology and employs a staff of +100 with a highly multi-disciplinary profile (molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, medical doctors, physicists, computer scientists, and technical staff). The Center represents one of the largest bioinformatics and systems biology groups in academia in Europe.

One of the major challenges in drug discovery is the accessibility of a standard and shared concept identifier from the large and disparate chemical and biomedical data sources. Such data-driven research with a careful assembly, overlay and comparison of data from many sources of information should provide a comprehensible framework of chemical, biological and pharmacological profiles of drugs.

The computational Chemical Biology group is involved in a European initiative, Open PHACTS, ( for the development of an open source Systems Chemical Biology Analysis platform. One of the main tasks of the project is to develop a “polypharmacology browser” to map the coverage of the chemical-biological space, allowing the detection of significant gaps and therefore facilitating the pharmacological profiling of small molecules. Such a profiler will include pharmacokinetics and toxicology data as well as pathways in order to address drug action across multiple levels of complexity from molecular and cellular levels to tissue and biological systems levels.

The successful candidate will be based at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby.

• The applicant should have a strong computational background with experience in building pipelines and data integration
• Required competences include web programming and knowledge in RDF and semantic web technology (e.g. SPARQL)
• Background in biology/chemistry and programming skills in JavaScript, perl/python and/or MySQL and semantic web technology is preferred
• Familiar with working on UNIX platforms
• MSc degree in bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, computer science or information technology
• Able to work independently and to plan and carry out complicated tasks, while also being part of a large and dynamic group
• Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
• Interest in software development for chemical and biological purpose. 

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from associate professor Olivier Taboureau, + 45 4525 2489), or from center administrator Dorthe Kjærsgaard, + 45 4525 2480.

We must have your online application by 29 June 2012. Please apply at

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:
• A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
• Curriculum vitae
• Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
• Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system 

Please DO NOT include reprints of already published papers in your application.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

Technical University of Denmark

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