Bioinformatician / data scientist

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Dec 20, 2021

Come join us at FMC

At our European Innovation Center (EIC) in Hørsholm, you will step into a multicultural environment with approx. 130 colleagues with 27 different nationalities. At EIC, we manage everything from IT, procurement and HR to logistics, planning, registration, marketing, sales and distribution. Besides those vital functions our site is focused on research and development, and we have recently become the Global Plant Health Center for FMC.


FMC is looking for a highly-motivated individual to work in the Plant Health organization as a member of the Mode of Action (MoA) team at the European Innovation Center, Hørsholm, Denmark. Working in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team environment within plant health product discovery, development, and launch, the successful candidate will form close partnerships with other scientists in the global organization, communicating results and placing them into context.


Position responsibilities:

The person suitable for this position will be responsible for analyses of microbial genomic, transcriptomics, and metabolite profile data and for extraction of most relevant knowledge from these data for supporting early discovery activities and product characterizations for market positioning and launch. Development of work stream for analysis of microbiomes in agricultural contexts is also envisaged. This position requires an ability to implement relevant bioinformatics and data analysis/management tools and to develop a streamlined bioinformatics and data management process which can integrate diverse data inputs. Experiences in machine learning and cloud-based data management system are highly preferred.


As a bioinformatician/data scientist, you will closely work with your colleagues in R&D (discovery, analytics, fermentation) and marketing teams in global regions (EMEA, NAC, LATAM, APAC), thus fluency in English, both writing and speaking, is a must. You are a good listener who understands the needs of your colleagues and a skilled data scientist who can translate the needs to bioinformatic/data analytic workflow. Importantly, you are good at communicating technical results to non-specialists. Moreover, you enjoy training other R&D scientists for bioinformatics analyses. 

Your tasks include:

  • Develop microbial omics platform in collaboration with other bioinformatician and data scientists in FMC global regions. This may include creating data management structure and interfaces between different data storage systems.
  • Develop and implement computational tools to analyze (meta)genomic, (meta)transcriptomic, and metabolite profile data sets and set up a streamlined work stream with user-friendly interfaces. Training of users is also a part of the task.
  • Identify secondary metabolites gene clusters, enzymes, and biological attributes, which are responsible for the crop-protective activities of microbial strains.
  • Profile strain safety through taxonomic assignment and toxin/AMR profiling using genome sequences.
  • Support scientists with design of experiments and analysis of experiment data through application of advanced statistical methods.
  • Build compelling explanations for why and how our products perform well and support product positioning and launching in the market.


The ideal candidate should have solid experiences in microbial bioinformatics and good understanding of a secondary metabolite biosynthesis. In addition, molecular biology laboratory experience, e.g. extraction of environmental DNA and RNA and performing qPCR is preferred. 

Education and Experience:

  • PhD degree with preferably 1-2 years of postdoc experiences in bioinformatic and computational analysis of biological systems.
  • Experience in programming particularly Linux, Python, Java or R, to provide analytical tools for querying large sequence and relational databases.   Familiarity with cloud computing in this context would be a plus.
  • Experience in advanced statistical tools.
  • Experience in NGS technologies, ideally Illumina and PacBio/Nanopore instrumentation leading to high quality (meta)genome assembly, annotation, gene structure and genotyping.
  • Experience in RNA-Seq applications employing gene enrichment studies to address functional analyses using ontologies, pathways, networks, and/or phylogenetics.
  • Demonstrated experience of designing molecular biological experiments associated with strain characterization. Knowledge of using these methods in biosafety is a plus but not a requirement.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with experience of mentoring other research personnel
  • Self-motivated, independent, and creative problem-solving skills with interest in working in mutidisciplinary teams


Have we caught your interest?

If you want to know more about the position, you are welcome to contact Yumiko Sakuragi on or + 45 9136 5412. We take candidates into the recruitment process continuously and fill the position once we have found the right candidate. So, send us your application and CV as soon as possible and by 30th January 2022 at the latest.


We look forward to hearing from you.


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