Postdoc in Human Genomics

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 www.cbmr.ku.dk/postdocprogram.

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 www.maersktower.ku.dk.

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: www.cbmr.ku.dk.

Our Research
The research group of Associate Professor Niels Grarup investigates the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes and metabolic traits to expand our insights into pathogenesis of metabolic disease. Our vision is to define the genetic determinants of diabetes-related phenotypes and to translate this information to clinically relevant interventions. Other methods include genetic epidemiology studies of populations or diseases and the application of recall-by-genotype principles to investigate the physiological impact on specific genetic variations. In addition, we participate in a number of genetics consortia in international collaborative studies on obesity, type 2 diabetes and related traits applying genome-wide association or other up-to-date genetic-epidemiological methods. The research group is embedded in a highly international and interdisciplinary environment that includes medical doctors, bioinformaticians and molecular biologists. The group has a diverse composition and we strive for a supportive and inclusive environment.

Job Description

In this study, we will examine the genetic aspects of taste preference to improve our understanding of taste, dietary habits and the effects of overconsumption on health status. As taste preference has a strong impact on food choice, it is important to investigate the genetic facets of an otherwise behavioral concept. Your tasks will be to lead the project, to help in further developing questionnaires to interrogate human taste preference and to run and interpret large-scale genetic analysis in collaboration with other scientists in the group. The project is carried out in collaboration with national and international partners.

Profile

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 human genetics in relation to human diseases and physiology
  • Knowledge of human nutrition, metabolism and diabetes
  • Experience with analysing human genetics data (NGS and/or GWAS) in relation to quantitative and/or disease traits
  • Demonstrated capacity for coordinating and supporting effective team work
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

Eligibility

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.

Questions

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Niels Grarup at niels.grarup@sund.ku.dk. Questions regarding the CBMR International Postdoctoral Program must be directed to cbmr@sund.ku.dk. For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact HR at sund-hr-cbmr@sund.ku.dk.

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 www.ism.ku.dk.

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: March 22, 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 www.employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process.
 
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.

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Application deadline: 22-03-2020
Employment start: 01-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

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