Postdoctoral fellowship in Genomics and Precision Medicine at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher with a Ph.D. or equivalent to join the Merino Group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. Candidates should have a strong background in genomics, computational biology, and biostatistics with extensive research experience in the research field related to metabolic diseases. The position is a 3-year position to start March 1, 2024, or after the agreement.

About Us
Our researchers share a common purpose as they seek to transform the basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in cardiometabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge towards new prevention and treatment strategies.

The Center has around 260 employees, spread across 21 research groups and 5 technology platforms, who work in a vibrant international research environment with a strong focus on interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Center’s research has resulted in seminal discoveries as to how genes, hormones, and environmental factors influence metabolic health and disease throughout life. You can read more about CBMR at

Our group and research
The Merino Group investigates how molecular and environmental factors modulate variable metabolic responses to therapeutic interventions and shape food choice behavior. The group aims to generate actionable knowledge to inform more effective obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment strategies. You can read more about the Merino Group here.

Project and your work
Obesity and diabetes are complex metabolic diseases with substantial etiological heterogeneity. Recent studies have described subtypes of these diseases based on variable clinical presentation or genetic differences. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying these subtypes of obesity and diabetes is needed for the eventual implementation of precision medicine for metabolic diseases.

The successful candidate will analyze high throughput omics data (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics) from large biobanks and population cohorts to elucidate 1) molecular signatures underlying obesity and diabetes subtypes, 2) investigate how these features are related to variable disease progression and the propensity to develop clinical complications, and 3) determine whether targeted therapeutic strategies are more likely to work into specific disease subtypes.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist who has the following skills and qualifications:

  • PhD with experience in computational biology, genomics, omics, molecular biomedicine, metabolism, or related sciences.
  • Knowledge of theoretical and applied biostatics, statistical genetics methods, multi-omics, and metabolism.
  • High level of proficiency in programming.
  • An active interest in obesity, diabetes, metabolism, and precision medicine.
  • Excellent scientific track record in relation to career stage.
  • Prior knowledge of the genetics of obesity and diabetes and experience in multi-omics analysis or precision medicine studies will be an asset.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience in supervising other researchers at different levels.
  • A team player and “can do” attitude.

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

Terms of employment 
The employment as a postdoc is a full-time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is March 1, 2024, or after agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organization. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,400 DKK/approx. 4,880 EUR (October 2023 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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

For further information please contact Associate Professor Jordi Merino at; for questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at

Foreign 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:

  1. Cover letter expressing the motivation and previous research experience of the applicant (max 1 page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) Ph.D. certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the Ph.D. is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Deadline for applications: 4 December 2023, 23.59pm CET
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline and not to

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 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.


Jordi Merino


Application deadline: 04-12-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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