Bioinformatics Database Architect and Manager

DTU Bioinformatics
Tuesday 20 Jun 17

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Are you experienced in setting up and maintaining biological and health data-warehouses interfacing with various public or restricted databases, and interested in research data and workflow management systems? Do you work with user-interfaces for clinicians to use genomic / Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data results as well as aid in policy for handling sensitive data, and setting high IT safety standards? Are you ready to engage in supporting Big Data scientific research in a high profile research institute?

The Department of Bio and Health Informatics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Bioinformatics) is seeking a highly skilled 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, Biotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence, and is one of the largest and permanent stakeholders of the national life science and biomedical super-computing center – Computerome. The department’s DTU Multi-Assay Core (DMAC) facility provides access to molecular biology and sequencing labs. The department is actively participating in national personalized medicine initiatives through our core infrastructures (Computerome and DMAC) as well as highly skilled researchers in this area.

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 and genomic data-warehouse (currently 10 TB with 894 schemata and 82811 tables) 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 software architecture and user interfaces, custom web servers, data modeling and database design.

You will maintain and build up the data management systems in close cooperation with the management team, ensure implantation of the systems, and have a high degree of involvement with all scientists and administrative personnel at DTU Bioinformatics.

In close collaboration with Data Architects / Managers from DTU corporate IT, you will set up data classification and data management systems that are well secured, thereby, contributing to an important part of DTU Bioinformatics’ development.

In Data Management Operations, the Data Architect / Manager is primarily responsible for the coordination and timely set-up of our research data management systems in accordance with DTU corporate IT and Public  Health security standards.

This requires a good understanding of IT systems, data risks, security and encryption, and working with complex IT processes. DTU Bioinformatics aims to both receive and deliver data of the highest quality to our stakeholders, and our results are normally achieved through collaboration with hospitals, biotech (genotyping and next-generation sequencing) laboratories, animal/aqua/veterinary/food/microbial research institutes, universities and public organizations.

The job of a Database Architect / Manager therefore also requires strong IT project management skills. Our stakeholders are depending on our ability to manage complex and critical communication in a timely manner.

Our expectations of you
You have at least an M.Sc. or preferably a Ph.D. in computer science, software engineering or in bioinformatics or a related discipline. Relevant experience in dealing with data domains and software in the bioinformatics area is preferred. A strong working knowledge of health informatics, genomics and molecular biology would be an asset.

You have excellent overview, presentation and coordination skills. In addition, strong proficiency in English, strong cooperation, and analytical skills are a necessity. You are capable of working independently, take on responsibility, show initiative and work in an international academic work environment. We expect you to be able to oversee several tasks simultaneously without compromising the quality of your work and that you remain in high spirits, also when working at a high tempo. Strong people skills are necessary for the interfaces with scientists, corporate IT-security and regional policy makers.

Furthermore, we expect our new Database Architect / Manager to have experiences in as many of the specific skills as possible in the list below:

  • Systems: SuSE, CentOS, SELinux, NFS, NIS, Bash scripting. Network Administration: HP, Cisco. Security; Firewalls, DMZ, ISO 27001. Web Administration: Apache. Monitoring: Centreon, Nagios, SNMP. Virtualization: VMWare, VirtualBox, Docker, Virtualizing hardware
  • Relational database (MySQL/MariaDB)  - Database setup and Query optimization
  • Data architect; Analysis, Migration, Modeling, Database Design
  • C, C++/STL, Perl, Python, Bash, XML, XSD, SOAP, Flat-file parsing
  • Integrating data in applications
Experience in machine-learning setups is a clear advantage in the rapidly growing areas of Big Data in life sciences, as is skills with human-computer interfaces, but above all, a passion for working in a dynamic area empowering scientists to deliver on ambitious life sciences goals.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms
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 1 September 2017.

You can apply for the position online at Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 

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 and integrative systems genomics/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 scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 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.
27 JULY 2017