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Bioinformatics Database Architect and Manager

Are you experienced at setting up and maintaining data-warehouses interfacing with various public or restricted databases, and interested in research data and workflow management systems? Do you have programming skills to support your work in manipulating the data flow between databases, file systems, third party software and frontend systems? Do you have experience in handling sensitive data, and setting high IT safety standards? Do you have experience in development and use of bioinformatics tools in life science/health research environment?

The Department of Bio and Health Informatics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Bioinformatics) is seeking a highly skilled Bioinformatics Database Architect and scientific computing programmer. The position is available immediately with possibilities to negotiate the start date for the right candidate.

The department offers an eclectic highly international environment of diverse and dynamic scientific researchers, working with diverse sets of biological data with activities spanning Health, Personalized Medicine, Biotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence, and is one of the largest and permanent stakeholders of the national life science and biomedical super-computing center – Computerome.

As Database Architect/Manager, you will be an important member of the administrative team. You will refer directly to the Head of Department, but cooperate closely with the department’s researchers.

Primary areas of responsibility

Your main responsibility will be to maintain the clinical, biological, experimental, genomic and other multi-omic data-warehouse and secure that various public or restricted databases are updated regularly on legacy infrastructure. As senior Data Architect and Manager, you will interface with scientists to assist with data design and help with workflow management. You will have responsibilities to handle DTU Bioinformatics data warehouse including database design and data modelling, in addition to developing web user interfaces and custom web servers. You will furthermore be involved in close cooperation with research scientists, assisting with programming efforts, bioinformatics software tool development, data design and workflow management.

The department works in close collaboration with DTU corporate IT, where you will be expected to contribute to data security and research data management in accordance with various IT and Public Health security standards.

DTU Bioinformatics collaborates with hospitals, biotech (genotyping and next-generation sequencing) laboratories, animal/aqua/veterinary/food/microbial research institutes, universities and public organizations, where your expertise will be utilized in collaboratory projects (both internal and external) and good communication skills will be expected.


The following skills are required with proven experience:

  • Unix/Linux use and administration
  • Database skills, preferably MySQL, in design, maintenance, query and performance
  • Web technologies; HTML, CSS, JS and CGI
  • Programming, preferably Perl or Python
  • R programming

Highly desirable:

  • Life or health sciences education or experience
  • Experience with NGS, GWAS data

Nice to have:

  • Human interface design
  • High Performance Computing
  • Parallel programming
  • Machine learning
  • Big Data integration and visualisation

You have at least an M.Sc. in computer science, software engineering or in bioinformatics or a related discipline, preferably with 3-5 years of work experience.

Strong proficiency in English (written and oral), experience working in teams, multi-tasking across projects, as well as proven ability for independent execution and initiative are valued due to our international work environment and multiple stakeholders.

What we offer in return

In recent years, DTU has been working concertedly to professionalize management. The DTU Leadership Role is based on four cornerstones: academic management, resource management, Performance-enhancing HR management and strategic management. Moreover, self-management and DTU’s values constitute the central parameters for these four disciplines. To find out more about DTU’s Leadership Role, see the website.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) or another relevant union. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Place of employment will be at DTU Lyngby Campus, DTU Bioinformatics.

Application and contact

Please submit your online application no later than Friday 16 February 2018. You can apply for the position online at

To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all documents in English.
Your application must include:

  • A motivational letter accompanying the application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Names and address of at least two referees
  • If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Professor Haja Kadarmideen, at +45 4525 6161 or
  • All interested candidates, irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background, are encouraged to apply.

DTU Bio and Health informatics ( is operating at the highest level of research, teaching, innovation, and consultancy services within the areas biotechnological informatics, health informatics, quantitative genomics and systems biology. The department’s activities in the fields of research, teaching, scientific advice, and innovation are centered on the following research areas: health, cancer, obesity/diabetes, immunology, infectious diseases, proteins, molecular biology, and molecular mechanisms, animal, plant & microbial genomics and biotechnology and big data infrastructure.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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