Postdoc position for human stem cell biologist

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 06 Feb 2022

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc with experience in working with human stem cells, to start May 1, 2022, or after agreement.


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 towards 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 260 employees who work in an international, highly collaborative research environment across a range of biomedical disciplines. You can read more about us .

Our group and research

The position available is in the Translational Cell Metabolism Group headed by Associate Professor Camilla Schéele. The research group study human adipose tissue. Major focus areas include human adipose tissue heterogeneity, brown fat recruitment and how secreted factors from brown adipocytes affect metabolism by mediating crosstalk at cellular or tissue level. You can read more about the research of the Scheele group at  

Project Description

This post-doc position is part of the ERC-funded project “BALDER”, with which we aim to identify novel peptides secreted from brown adipocytes and investigate their effect on neuronal plasticity and activity. The candidate will create neuronal model systems by differentiating human IPS cells into different types of neurons. These cell types will be integrated in high content screening systems for identification of novel molecules that mediate cross talk between brown fat and brain. The group has recently invested in new technology for the project, including the MEA system to assess neuronal activity and a Leica THUNDER Imager Live Cell & 3D Cell Culture & 3D Assay.

The Scheele group can offer a multidisciplinary and collaborative group with a strong international network within brown fat biology and metabolism. The group currently consist of 5 post-docs, 1 lab technician, 1 research assistant and 1 bachelor student.


We are looking for a highly skilled, self-driven, positive, and collaborative scientist with the following competencies and qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biomedicine, or related sciences.
  • Expertise in culturing and differentiating human stem cells into 3D cultures, spheroids or organoids.
  • Expertise in imaging techniques such as live cell imaging, 2D/3D imaging, tissue clearing and/or laser capture techniques.
  • Experience in working in an international environment
  • Interest in human metabolism
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

Terms of employment

The postdoc position is a full-time position for 3 years. Starting date is May 1, 2022, or after agreement.

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.

The positions are covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.


For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Camilla Schéele at . For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at

International applicants may find this link useful:  (International Staff Mobility).

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:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of 2 pages; your ORCID must be included)
  • Full list of publications (journal impact factors at publication date must be included)
  • References (name and contact details of at least two references)       

Application deadline 6 February 2022, 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 applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of 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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