Postdoc or Research Assistant in Clinical Translational Metabolism

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 18 Aug 2021

The University of Copenhagen is seeking a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow or research assistant to commence 15 October 2021 at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

About us

The position is available in the Clinical Translational Metabolism Group headed by Professor Signe Torekov. In our group weaim at bridging between biomedical research and clinical practice in obesity and diabetes. By conductingclinical experimental interventions that characterizes and integrates the complex pathophysiology behind obesity and diabetes, and by securing synergistic and fruitful collaborations, we strive to identify causalities and optimal treatment options for individuals living with diabetes and obesity. 

You will be part of a team conducting large clinical trials within investigations of treatment of obesity published in highly cited medical journals (e.g. ). Furthermore, you will be part of an international consortium within immuno-metabolism established between University of Copenhagen, Oxford University, UK and Karolinska Institute, Sweden. You can read more about the Torekov Group and our current projects here:

Job description

As a post doc or Research Assistant in our group you will together with the rest of the team, be responsible for recruiting and conducting clinical trials on a daily basis as well as securing that all regulatory requirements are met. Moreover, as a medical doctor (MD), you will be responsible for the safety of the study participants as well as monitoring of any possible drug related side effects.

You will be an important part of all the scientific aspects related to our studies. Thus, you will be deeply engaged in the scientific research development, generating new scientific questions to investigate, perform statistical analysis, interpretation of results, writing manuscripts for publication and scientific applications, communicating our scientific results and engaging with collaborators. Depending on your qualifications (post doc or research assistant), your specific tasks will be clarified at the interview.


The fellowship is aimed at clinicians or early career researchers with a basic science background who aspire to a career in academic medicine. We are seeking an open-minded, enthusiastic candidate, who synergistically enjoy the scientific aspects and the clinical and practical aspects of research.


  • For the postdoc fellowship, you hold a PhD degree, preferably within medical sciences, and have a background as MD, however this is not a requirement for applying.
  • For the Research Assistant, a background as MD is preferred, but is not a requirement for applying.
  • Strong scientific track record in relation to career stage.  
  • Basic understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of metabolically related disorders.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral; proficient in English and preferable in Danish as well.
  • Strong scientific, analytical and technical skills.
  • Experience with large-scale data analyses, including skills in statistical computational environment such as R and SAS is a distinct advantage, but not a requirement.
  • Team player with both an independent and collaborative mind-set.

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment with local and international collaborators. Our research facilities include modern human, animal, and cell laboratories and a microscopy core facility.

Terms of employment

The employment as a postdoc or research assistant is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 15 October 2021 or after agreement.

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

Currently, the monthly salary for research assistants starts at 29,853 DKK/ approx. 4,014 Euro (April 2021-level). The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Currently, the monthly salary for postdocs starts at 36,700 DKK/ approx. 4,935 Euro (April 2021-level). The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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. 

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of January 2020.

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

For further questions about the job description and qualifications for the positions please contact professor Signe Torekov  or +45 2298 3827.

For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact

Application procedure

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

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills, contact details for at least two references, and other skills relevant for the position.

3. For the postdoc position: A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master´s Degree certificate. For the research assistant position: A certified/signed copy of Master´s Degree certificate.

4. List of publications.

5. Research Plan (your ideas and interests within research, max 3 pages)

Finally, in your application please state whether you are applying for the post doctoral fellowship position or the Research Assistant position.

Application deadline:  18 August 2021, 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 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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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