Postdoc in bone biology and metabolism

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 16 Apr 2023

A position as Postdoc is vacant at the Laboratory of Professor Moustapha Kassem, Department of Clinical Research , Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and at the Molecular Endocrinology Laboratory (KMEB) , Department of Endocrinology, Odense University hospital-Svendborg Hospital (OUH).

The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of extension and expected to be available from August 1,  2023.

Research tasks

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work in the field of bone biology, with focus on examining role of bone-secreted proteins in regulation of skeletal homeostasis during aging and systemic energy metabolism.

The applicant will be expected to use genetic mouse models and pharmacological targeting approaches to explore the role of candidate secreted proteins in formation and function of bone and fat tissues.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for the planning of the project as well as for data acquisition, preparation and analysis, manuscript writing, and other activities for disseminating the results. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to apply for research funding from external funding agencies.

The project will be supervised by Professor Moustapha Kassem and Associate Professor Abbas Jafari.

Scientific environment

The official employment will be at the Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology (KMEB), Odense University Hospital.

The main working place will be at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen.

The laboratory is internationally known for contributions to understanding the biology of Mesenchymal (stromal) Stem Cells and the regulatory mechanisms of skeletal homeostasis.

The Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology (KMEB) and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) offer ambitious scientific environments, with many different nationalities represented. KMEB and ICMM aim to produce research with high international impact focusing on the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating cell behavior, in a medical context. You can read more at and

Expectations of qualifications

The applicant who is hired must have a ph.d.-degree and documented research experience in on or more of the areas/fields mentioned below:

  • Obtained a PhD in a relevant area, e.g., biological and biomedical sciences, or another closely related discipline.
  • Proven experience and knowledge about genetically modified mouse models, as well as cell and molecular biology studies.
  • Ability to work structured and independently.
  • Good communication skills and high proficiency in English.
  • Good collaborative and social abilities.
  • Prior experience related to bone and energy metabolism studies in mice with micro-CT and DEXA scanning, digital image analysis, and molecular biology, is considered a plus.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Qualified and highly motivated candidates from all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Potential applicants must be postdoc-qualified in accordance with Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities .


For further information please contact the Head of KMEB, Professor Moustapha Kassem, ,  Associate Professor Abbas Jafari, or the Head the Department of Clinical Research, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, phone: 6011 3046/ e-mail:

Conditions of employment

The Recruitment/Hiring takes place in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Organisation of the Academics .

Assessment of applicant will be done in accordance with the current/applicable university recruitment order. Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee, and applicant will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent electronically via the below-mentioned link “Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted and assessed. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 MB.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must include (as PDF- or docx-files):

  • A cover letter
  • A CV
  • Copies of certificates/diplomas including evidence of acquisition of a PhD degree or equivalent
  • A complete and numbered list of publications
  • The 3 scientific, peer-reviewed publications that the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment of his or her scientific qualifications. (Please note that one PDF or docx file must be attached for each publication).
  •  A research plan
  • A teaching portfolio
  • An explanation of other qualifications relevant to the position.

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

See also the faculty's guidance for applicants at the link below.

 Living and Working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salary , taxation , housing and accompanying family . For further information on what it is like working at SDU, please read “10 good reasons why you should choose SDU” . Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark .

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further Details

Guide for applicants

Place of work: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen

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