Assistant Professor in Precision Health and Metabolism

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

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for an Assistant Professor position.  Candidates should have a strong background in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology or a related field and an interest in cardiometabolic health and disease. This is a 4-year position with a start date of January 1, 2023, or upon agreement.

The vision of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our understanding of the mechanisms underlying metabolic health and disease and then apply this knowledge to new prevention and treatment strategies. Established in 2010, we moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting spaces in the Maersk Tower in 2017.

The Center has approximately 260 employees working across a wide range of biomedical disciplines in a highly collaborative, international research environment. You can read more about us here:

Our research
The Loos Group aims to identify the key genetic and non-genetic determinants of body weight regulation to gain insight into the deeper layers of biology that underlie obesity and metabolism. Additionally, we aim to improve prediction, prevention, and treatment through implementation of precision health strategies. You can read more about the Loos Group here.

Your job
The successful candidate will contribute to the overall objective of the Precision Health in Obesity and Metabolism group by formulating relevant and innovative research questions and by designing studies that leverage the wealth of data available at the Center and through national and international collaborations. They will implement cutting-edge methodologies in (genetic) epidemiology to elucidate causal relationships between exposures and cardiometabolic outcomes, to predict disease, to identify subtypes of disease based on relevant biomarkers, among others. Candidates will lead large-scale collaborations and participate in international consortia. They will also mentor and provide scientific support to postdocs and PhD Students in the group. The candidate should have a strong computational background and having experience in working with electronic medical records and having a medical degree are a plus. The candidate will have the opportunity to carve out their own research theme that aligns with the Center’s vision.

The Assistant Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication and academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • public outreach
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher who, in addition to the desired expertise stated above, have the following skills and qualifications:

  • a PhD in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, computational biology, machine learning or a related field
  • experience in analysing data from electronic medical records and having an MD degree is desirable
  • a strong computational background and expertise in dealing with large (-omics) data sets
  • extensive experience with analysing data, interpreting results, and concisely summarizing key messages
  • an active interest in obesity, metabolism, nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle and precision health
  • an interest in conceiving and designing new projects, in line with the group’s research focus
  • a proven track record showing scientific productivity in peer-reviewed journals
  • proficient communication skills and ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • experience in supervising other researchers at different levels
  • experience in teaching (university level)
  • experience in working in large-scale consortia
  • excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken
  • a team player

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer a creative and stimulating work environment in a dynamic, international research setting.

Terms of employment
The employment of this position is a full time (37 hours per week) and fixed-term position for 4 years. Starting date is January 1, 2023.

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.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not been tax liable to Denmark in the last 10 years.

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

For further information, please contact Professor Ruth Loos at For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at

International applicants may find these links useful (International Staff Mobility) and

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 and other skills relevant to the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  4. List of publications

Application deadline: October 9, 2022, at 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 can 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.

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.


Ruth Loos


Application deadline: 09-10-2022
Employment start: 01-01-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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