Bioinformatics Database Architect and Manager

Technical University of Denmark
Department of Bio and Health Informatics
Denmark Copenhagen


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 front-end 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.

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.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Please go to:
and open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all documents in English.
DEADLINE: Friday 16 February 2018.

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

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


Director of Institute and Professor Haja Kadarmideen