Postdoc in Art and Science

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is seeking a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow to commence October 1, 2021 at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), 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. The Center was established in 2010 and has around 240 employees who work in an international and highly collaborative research environment. You can read more about us here

Our research

The project is embedded in the program for Metabolic Science in Culture. The overall objective of the program is to situate metabolic science in a cultural, historical, and philosophical context through humanities and science communication research, which in turn informs innovative public engagement practices. The Program works across the Center and the Medical Museion, where the team produces research-based exhibitions, events, and online communication. The team consist of an interdisciplinary group of researchers, curators and museum staff. The program is headed by Professor Ken Arnold. PI for the postdoc is Associate Professor Adam Bencard with co-PI Associate Professor Louise Whiteley. More details about the program here

Job description

Metabolic themes have long, complicated and often overlooked histories in art. The postdoc will be employed as part of the project Food, fat and faeces: Metabolism in contemporary bio art and beyond, which examines what sort of readings might come about if one pays sustained attention to the metabolic qualities in artistic practices. Food, fat, and faeces are taken as key foci for the analyses – they are key themes within art history and artistic practices, as well as being key ‘moments’ in metabolism whereby parts of the world are taken into the body, incorporated, transformed and excreted. This project responds to the potential of combining cultural and art historical analysis with a sustained attention to metabolic processes, as a means to develop both methodologies and analytical frameworks for studying metabolic science in culture. The postdoc will be responsible for running a study group on art and metabolism for local artists, setting up transdisciplinary workshops at the Medical Museion, and contributing along with the PI and co-PI to the development of a metabolic humanities.


The fellowship is aimed at early career researchers with background in art history and/or cultural theory. We are particularly interested in candidates who are familiar with cross-section of art and medicine/biology.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in Art History, Cultural Theory, Philosophy, Artistic Research, Anthropology
  • Excellent scientific track record in relation to career stage
  • Deep knowledge of art history and contemporary artistic movements
  • Knowledge of bio art, art/science engagements, and bodily themes in art history
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral


The CBMR International Postdoctoral Program is open for applicants that hold a PhD degree awarded from a university outside of Denmark. The PhD degree has to be obtained before October 1, 2021. 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, 2021.

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 Adam Bencard 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 confirming it will be obtained before October 1, 2021 is acceptable.
  • List of publications
  • References (name and contact details of at least two references)

Application deadline: April 19, 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 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.


Adam Bencard


Application deadline: 19-04-2021
Employment start: 01-10-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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