Postdoc in Organ Cross-Talk / Tissuekines

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 05 Apr 2020

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen seeks a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow to commence October 1, 2020 at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen.

The postdoctoral fellowship is part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research International Postdoctoral Program .

About Us
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research’s vision is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding of the mechanisms that underlie metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. We were established in 2010, and in 2017 we moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower .

The Center has around 200 employees who work in an international, highly collaborative research environment across a range of biomedical disciplines. You can read more about us here: .

Our Research
The general focus of the “Organ Cross-Talk / Tissuekines” group is the study of the intercellular communications and molecular pathways controlling metabolic functions that are associated with the development of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. We apply interdisciplinary approaches combining non-biased and high throughput technologies with functional characterization using gene manipulation techniques, cellular biology and physiology experiments in various cells, tissues and animal models, to identify novel factors and pathways that regulate metabolic processes. Our ultimate goal is to define novel specific targets that can be manipulated to improve outcomes in metabolic diseases.

The successful candidate will benefit from a dynamic, internationally diverse, collaborative and stimulating scientific environment in a well-equipped laboratory.

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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified fellow with a background in molecular and cellular biology to investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating the activity of thermogenic adipocytes. The project aims to mechanistically dissect the functions of a key DNA- and RNA-binding protein (DRBP) in promoting and maintaining the thermogenic capacity of adipocytes. In collaboration with groups at the CBMR and internationally, the postdoctoral fellow will use a multidisciplinary approach combining RNA/protein complex purification, OMICS technologies and a wide range of biological assays using gain- and loss-of function studies in mouse and human adipocytes to decipher the molecular mechanisms controlled by this DRBP to facilitate the metabolic functions of thermogenic adipocytes.


The fellowship is aimed at early career researchers with a basic science background or clinicians who aspire to a career in academic medicine. We are particularly interested in candidates who are familiar with integrative research approaches within the broad area of basic metabolic research with an application towards human pathophysiology.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biomedicine, or related sciences
  • Excellent scientific track record in relation to career stage
  • Profound knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, in particular of the regulation of gene expression and RNA processing
  • Knowledge of cellular metabolism
  • Experience with cell culture, immunoblotting, gene transfer or silencing, gene expression analysis, protein complex purification, ChIP
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective team work


The CBMR International Postdoctoral Program is open for applicants that hold a PhD degree awarded from a university outside of Denmark. The program is also open for applicants with a Danish PhD degree who can document at least 12 months full-time research experience from outside Denmark. You are not eligible to apply for the program if you have been employed in a postdoctoral position for more than one year at the University of Copenhagen prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

Terms of Employment

The employment as postdoc is a full-time position for 3 years. Starting date is October 1, 2020.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.


For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Brice Emanuelli at . Questions regarding the CBMR International Postdoctoral Program must be directed to . For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact HR at .

The University of Copenhagen International Staff Mobility office offers support and assistance to all international researchers on all issues related to moving to and settling in Denmark. Read more at .

Application Procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English via the ‘Apply now’ link below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Cover letter expressing the motivation and previous research experience of the applicant (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the PhD degree certificate and the Master degree certificate. In case the PhD has not yet been completed, a written statement from the supervisor is acceptable.
  • List of publications
  • References (name and contact details of at least two references)

Application Deadline: April 5, 2020, 23.59pm CET
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The Further Process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.
You can read about the recruitment process at
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of March 13, 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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