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PhD scholarship in Immunoinformatics and Machine Learning – Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

The Immunoinformatics and Machine Learning group at the section for Bioinformatics (DTU Health Tech) is looking for a highly talented and motivated student to pursue a PhD.

If you want to develop state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms in immunoinformatics, understand how the immune system discriminate among self and foreign proteins, and work on an international environment, this is the right place for you!

Responsibilities and qualifications
The immune system normally develops an immune response against foreign proteins. However, the recognition of what is self or foreign can go wrong developing autoimmune diseases. The cause of what makes this disruption of the tolerance is not yet known. The proposed project wants to learn which patterns autoimmune antigens drive this disruption by the use and development of tailored machine learning algorithms, protein features and immune predictors to move forward the field.

The perfect candidate will be a highly skilled MSc on Bioinformatics or Systems Biology with a strong background on machine learning algorithms and statistical analysis that is able to work independently and conduct a research project as a member of a team. In addition, an immunology, biology and/or chemistry is expected. Experience developing tools for immune prediction and good programming skills is required. Proven experience on projects using Deep-Learning, protein structure and statistics is a plus.

We provide an international, innovative and interdisciplinary work environment, with access to state-of-the-art computing servers as well as many other infrastructures within the university. We expect the ideal candidate to enjoy working in a team as teaching and supervision of BSc and MSc student projects will be expected.

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU’s rules for the PhD education.

The assessment of the applications will be made by the end of September.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The starting date of the PhD will be determined according to mutual agreement.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Carolina Barra,

You can read more about DTU Health Tech at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 19 September 2022 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

In the Section for Bioinformatics, we combine knowledge of biology with informatics to study questions that are often relevant to human health but equally often of a fundamental nature. This is done in close collaboration with academics, industrial and medical partners with a focus on cutting-edge research. As bioinformatics has become an essential competence to perform almost all biomedical and biotechnological research, we teach a range of interdisciplinary courses at all levels and are also responsible for the Master program Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Tech’s expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 140 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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