Postdoc in In vivo labelling combined with tissue-specific metabolic flux analysis and interconnected metabolic modelling

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 Postdoc fellow to commence on January 1, 2024, in the Moritz Group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), University of Copenhagen.

The Postdoc fellowship is part of the  CBMR International PhD & Postdoc 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 cardiometabolic 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 and offices 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. For more information, visit

Our research
The  goal of the Moritz Group is to use metabolomics and fluxomics approaches to study the role of metabolites and lipids in metabolism. By using mass spectrometry-based methods we can screen for 100s to 1000s compounds or target specific compounds in different biological systems.  We hope to able to uncover the basic role of metabolites in metabolism and their role in developing cardiometabolic diseases. The research is interdisciplinary and involves close collaboration with research groups at CBMR, international groups and the CBMR metabolomics platform. The group strives to work as a team, with members of both genders and from different nationalities.  

Job description
The aim of the project is to develop workflows for in vivo stable isotope labelling (e.g. 13C-U-glucose), in vivo flux analysis combined with tissue-specific metabolic flux analysis and interconnected metabolic modelling. Our focus will be on metabolic modelling in mice and performed in close collaboration with the in-house enabling biology technology platforms the “Rodent Metabolic Phenotyping Platform” and the “Metabolomics Platform”. Your main tasks will be to develop data analysis and mathematical modelling workflows. In the project, we strive for apply the workflows in different relevant biological proof-of-concept projects in close collaboration with other groups at CBMR.  

The Postdoc 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 cardiometabolic research with an application toward 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 on metabolic flux analysis and metabolic modelling.
  • Knowledge and experience in use of stable isotope tracers for flux determinations.
  • Knowledge and experience in mass spectrometry analysis and data pre-processing is a prerequisite.  
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

The Postdoc fellowships within the CBMR International PhD & Postdoc Program are 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 of full-time research experience from outside Denmark. The PhD degree must be obtained before January 1, 2024. 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 January 1, 2024.

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 for the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Thomas Moritz at Questions regarding the CBMR International PhD & Postdoc 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.

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. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the PhD degree certificate and the master’s degree certificate. In case the PhD has not yet been completed, a written statement from the supervisor is acceptable, confirming it will be obtained before January 1, 2024.
  • List of publications
  • References (name and contact details of at least two references)

Application deadline: June 18, 2023, 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 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 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 backgrounds.


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.


Thomas Moritz


Application deadline: 18-06-2023
Employment start: 01-01-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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