PhD or Postdoc in RNA Design, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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PhD or Postdoc in RNA Design: The Gorodkin lab at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Non-Coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH) is seeking a motivated PhD student or Postdoc for a three-year position focused on computational CRISPR guide RNA design targeting network modules. This position is funded by the Novo Nordic Foundation and will involve collaboration with leading experts in molecular networks and data generation.

PhD or Postdoc in Computational CRISPR Guide RNA Design Targeting Network Modules


  • PhD Student
  • Postdoc

Research Area:

  • Computational CRISPR Guide RNA Design
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genetic Networks


  • Frederiksberg Campus, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


For PhD Applicants:

  • MSc degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a similar area.
  • Degree equivalent to a Danish master’s degree.

For Postdoc Applicants:

  • PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a similar area.
  • At least three additional years of experience in their scientific career.

Essential Skills:

  • Experience with biological networks analysis beyond basic applications.
  • Proficiency in Python.
  • Strong experience with Linux/Unix environment, command lines, and shell scripting.
  • Familiarity with machine learning algorithms.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Strong team player with good interpersonal skills.

Desirable Skills:

  • Knowledge of CRISPR.
  • Understanding of RNA folding and RNA-RNA interaction algorithms.
  • Strong knowledge of biological networks.

Job Description:

  • Develop multiplex-based gRNA design strategy to target network modules.
  • Involve in gRNA on- and off-target efficiency prediction methods.
  • Construct networks of genetic interactions.
  • Design an interactive user interface.
  • Explore further possibilities for computational prediction and modeling.
  • Teach and disseminate knowledge.

Additional Tasks for PhD Students:

  • Conduct an independent research project under supervision.
  • Complete PhD courses (approx. 30 ECTS points).
  • Participate in active research environments and stay with another research team.
  • Obtain teaching or dissemination experience related to the PhD project.
  • Write a PhD thesis based on the project.

How to Apply: Submit your application online in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Include the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Motivation letter detailing how you meet the essential and desirable skills.
  2. CV including education, work/research experience, language skills, and other relevant skills.
  3. Certified copies of relevant academic certificates.
  4. List of publications.
  5. Personal recommendations (if available).

Last Date for Apply: June 1, 2024, 23:59 CET

Contact Information:

For more information about the University of Copenhagen’s recruitment process and terms of employment, visit: University of Copenhagen Employment

Start Date: August 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.



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