Scientist in Bioinformatics and RNA Biology

Denmark, Copenhagen

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We are seeking an experienced Scientist to join our Bioinformatics and RNA Biology team in a 2-year position starting December 2019/January 2020.


The Therapeutics Modality organization (TMo), is a community of over 750 scientists designing and developing Roche pharma Research and Early Development’s (pRED) next generation therapeutics. We work in close collaboration with our Disease Therapeutic Area (DTA), Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharma Technical Development partners to bring innovative medicines to patients. The RNA Molecule Research (RMR) organization is part of the TMo family and comprises capabilities for the discovery, optimization, and small scale synthesis of nucleic acid based therapeutics.

Predominantly based at DTU campus north of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Roche Innovation Center Copenhagen (RICC), is a leader in the field of nucleic acid based therapeutics. At RICC we utilize and develop the potential of the emerging technology to meet medical needs for patients.

RICC is organized into three main Departments:  RMR Discovery, RMR Synthesis and Optimisation and RMR Projects, Program and Strategy. In RMR, we work in a highly collaborative, open and engaging environment where we continuously strive to push the boundaries for innovation and development.

As part of RMR Discovery, in the Bioinformatics and RNA Biology team, we work with RNA as a drug target, and our team is responsible for developing new experimental and computational approaches based on nucleic acid technologies including next-generation sequencing, advanced molecular biology, and bioinformatics. All members of our team actively participate in one or more RMR discovery projects to develop oligonucleotide-based medicines.

This is a unique opportunity to join our team at the Roche Innovation Center Copenhagen.

Job Description

Your role will be to participate in RMR Discovery projects in various disease areas, representing the Bioinformatics and RNA biology team. In particular, we are seeking a candidate who has a proven track-record of contributing to the development and application of novel experimental technologies to address scientific questions, and has a solid experience with advanced data analysis. To be successful in this role, it is essential that you can work with people across many different disciplines and cultures, and will enjoy finding creative and data-driven solutions to our business needs in a collaborative environment.

We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment where you will be given the opportunity to help realize the potential of RNA medicines for patients. Because we know that our employees are critical to our success, we are dedicated to remaining a great place to work and to providing employees with development programs, services and benefits that allow them to bring the best to the business and to their personal lives.

Your profile

You have a PhD in natural sciences with experience in both wet- and dry-lab molecular biology (e.g. bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology engineering, biochemistry or related fields) and preferably 3+ years of post-PhD experience in industry or academia. You preferably have experience working in a matrix team within Pharma/Biotech context.

We are looking for an experienced scientist. Final title and responsibilities will depend on individual qualifications and experience.

In addition, you bring the following skills and competencies:

  • Hands-on biochemistry and molecular biology experience working with RNA
  • Experience with RNA sequencing and analysis preferred
  • Experience with data analysis and preferably fluency in a statistical programming language such as R and a database querying language like SQL
  • Ability to navigate within a changing organization, maintaining objectivity, respect for differences of opinion, fairness, and ability to question and challenge.
  • Aptitude for navigating a matrix organization and building networks.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required

Your application

Please submit your application by clicking on the application link no later than Nov 1st 2019. The application must include

  • Application (motivated cover letter) addressing where you stand in qualifications mentioned
  • CV including list of publications

We will review the applications continuously and close the recruitment process once we have found the right candidate, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

If you have additional questions, you can contact Peter Hagedorn (, Bioinformatics and RNA Biology team leader.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer. All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.