Postdoc position in systems biology of brown fat crosstalk

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 20 Aug 2019

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc with interest in metabolic research and expertise in bioinformatic approaches to start October 1, 2019 or after agreement.


The Center was established in 2010 through a generous, unrestricted grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF). The vision of the Center is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding of the mechanisms of metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. The Center has around 200 employees from all over the world. Its employees moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower in summer 2017. In 2018, the Center obtained new strategic funding from NNF to further expand and establish/develop five enabling biology and technology platforms in support of the new research strategy. You can read more about us at http://

The position available is in the Translational Cell Metabolism Group headed by Associate Professor Camilla Schéele. The research group study human brown fat, using human in vivo and in vitro models in combination with animal models including rodent and brown bears. A major focus is secreted factors from brown fat and how these factors affect metabolism by mediating crosstalk at a cellular or tissue-level. You can read more about the research of the Scheele group at

Project Description

The candidate will be involved in several projects with the overall goal of depicting the brown fat (BAT) secretome and understanding the role of brown fat in whole body metabolism. The focus will be on BAT crosstalk with the central nervous system. Due to the on-and-off-switch in energy demands of BAT, along with the proximity to the central nervous system of residual BAT in adult humans, we hypothesize that a regulatory BAT-neuro-circuit exist in adult humans and promote energy homeostasis. Despite being less explored for an endocrine function, BAT is more vascularized and therefore more likely to mediate crosstalk with other cells and organs than white adipose tissue (WAT). With the current project, we therefore aim to investigate which factors that are secreted from active and deactivated BAT and are interacting with neurons to regulate appetite in a paracrine or endocrine fashion. To achive this, we will establish integrated analyses of the secreting tissue, BAT, and its target, hypothalamus. The candidate will interact with experimental biologists to analyze and interpret the omics data generated for the projects and provide novel systems level understanding. The omics technologies that the group currently applies include transcriptomics (RNA sequencing data), peptidomics and single cell transcriptomics.

The successful candidate will be part of a network of bioinformaticians across the Center, and will notably interact with the groups of Tune Pers, Romain Barrès, and with Atul Deshmukh, who are experts in single cell transcriptomics, epigenomics and proteomics in metabolism.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and qualifications:

The ideal candidate combines :

  • A PhD degree in bioinformatics/systems biology, biomedical or natural sciences
  • Expertise in scripting in R or Python
  • Advanced skills in establishing of omics analysis pipelines and interpretation of the results.
  • Solid statistical knowledge and advanced level of using R Bioconductor packages and developing Shiny applications.
  • The capability of integrative network and systems biology analysis
  • Familiarity with basic Machine learning techniques (preferable)
  • An interest in interacting with experimental biologists and explaining basic bioinformatic approaches
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

Terms of employment

The postdoc position is a full-time position for 2 years. Starting date is October 1, 2019 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: August 20, 2019, 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

View or Apply

Similar Positions