Lab technician, Biomedical laboratory scientist or MSc position in molecular biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW)

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW) at University of Copenhagen is looking for a lab technician, biomedical laboratory scientist or MSc to join the Human Neural Development group led by PI Agnete Kirkeby. The position is scheduled to commence on the 1st of September 2023 or in the following months, as upon agreement with each chosen candidate.

Research group
The Human Neural Development research team is located at the The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW) at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of University of Copenhagen. Our group works to develop stem cell transplantation therapies for neurodegenerative disorders by producing high-purity cultures of subtype-specific human neural cells in the lab for preclinical and clinical studies. Our work has a strong translational focus, and we build our research on decade-long experience in clinical translational from bringing the first European pluripotent stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s Disease into clinical trial. In addition to projects on developing novel stem cell transplantation therapies for diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body dementia and narcolepsy, we further apply advanced stem cell technologies to study normally inaccessible stages of human brain development as well as to produce in vitro disease models of human brain diseases (i.e. for Parkinson’s Disease, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and hypothalamic disorders).

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and highly international research environment. Our team at University of Copenhagen currently consists of around 20 team members representing 13 different nationalities. Our labs are located in a newly established Center for stem cell medicine (reNEW), placed in modernised research facilities and include state-of-the-art laboratories, pleasant office facilities and access to high-quality core facilities in transcriptomics, imaging, flow cytometry and proteomics. Our team prioritises a highly collaborative and positive working environment including many joint activities and social gatherings.

You can read more about the team here. You can also watch a short movie about the Kirkeby group research, or see a documentary about the work to develop a stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s Disease.

Job description
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with an educational background as lab technician, biomedical laboratory scientist or MSc to be responsible for lab organization and for assistance in our research projects, with a main focus on molecular biology techniques. 

The main work tasks will be:

  • Responsibility for organisation of the molecular biology lab, keeping track of orders, inventory, deliveries etc
  • RNA extraction and cDNA preparation and running high throughput qRT-PCR analysis
  • Molecular cloning of plasmids needed for stem cell gene editing
  • ICC and IHC stainings of cells and brain tissues
  • Western blotting
  • Optional: performing stem cell culture maintenance
  • Optional (requires FELASA): Assistance with in vivo work in rats

Profile :
We are looking for an interactive and highly organized technician with the following qualifications:

Mandatory requirements:

  • An education as laboratory Technician (laborant), biomedical Laboratory Scientist (bioanalytiker), MSc or similar
  • Hands-on experience with molecular biology lab work
  • Ability to plan and execute laboratory work independently
  • Must be comfortable in communicating in English with team members

Positively assessed criteria:

  • Solid experience in performing plasmid cloning independently
  • Experience in qRT-PCR, ICC and IHC
  • Experience in Western blotting
  • Experience in cell culture

It is expected that you as the candidate will have a collaborative spirit and that you will contribute actively to a pleasant work environment within the group.

Terms of salary, work, and employment:
The successful candidates will be offered a full-time position as lab technician, biomedical laboratory scientist or academic officer. If desired, part-time solutions may be negotiated.

Employment as laboratory technician will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and OAO/HK STAT. The position is placed in salary group 4.

Employment as biomedical laboratory scientist will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and Danske Bioanalytikere

Employment as academic officer will be in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Depending on qualifications a supplement may be negotiated.

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

  1. Motivated letter of application in English (max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, experience from previous research projects, previous employments, technical skills, language skills and other skills relevant for the position + contact information of two references or alternatively the inclusion of two reference letters.
  3. Certificates of education and transcript of records.

Contact information:
For questions about the project and group, please contact the principal supervisor:

Associate Professor Agnete Kirkeby, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 København. E-mail: phone: +45 5168 5353

Application deadline:  21 June 2023, 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 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.



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.


Application deadline: 21-06-2023
Employment start: 01-09-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: reNEW NNF Center for Stem Cell Medicine

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