162138 Mass spectrometry Staff Scientist for the Metabolomics Platform

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

University of Copenhagen



The Metabolomics Platform is looking for an engaged and experienced Staff Scientist with extensive experience in mass spectrometry analysis. The position is a full-time position for 5 years with a start date of October 1, 2024, or after agreement.

About us
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) is an academic research Center that pioneers groundbreaking research towards better cardiometabolic health. Through collaborative interdisciplinary research from single-cell genomics to whole-body systems, CBMR aims to transform the basic understanding of cardiometabolic health and accelerate its translation into prevention and treatment strategies. The Center’s uniquely multi- and interdisciplinary approach combines research in genetics, physiology and pharma­cology, to better understand the complex interplay of the many factors that drive cardiometabolic disease. You can learn more in the Executive Summary of CBMR's Strategy 2024–2028.

CBMR was established in 2010 at the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences and has been located in the Maersk Tower at PANUM since 2017. The around 260 employees create an international, highly collaborative research environment across disciplines.

The Metabolomics Platform
The Metabolomics Platform is an enabling biology and technology platform at CBMR, aiming to develop and perform metabolite analysis services for the research programs at the Center. The platform consists of 6 staff members employed as scientists, bioinformaticians and technicians. You can read more about the platform here.

Your tasks
Your tasks will include carrying out global analyses of metabolites and lipids in various biological sample matrices, so-called metabolomics and lipidomics, as well as developing strategies and methods for quantitative and qualitative analysis of specific metabolites in biological tissues and fluids. The work will include sample preparation, mass spectrometry (MS) and processing of MS-data, as well as performing basic statistical data evaluation of metabolomics data and producing project reports. You will also be involved in the development and optimization of new LC and GC MS methods to grow our portfolio of services.

You will be expected to contribute to writing and updating standard operating procedures and protocols. You will work in close collaboration with the platform’s staff and other research groups at CBMR and will participate in various research projects that involve chemical analyses. You will be expected to work with a high degree of precision, deliver quality results, maintain detailed records and be willing to take initiative.

Essential experience and skills:

We are looking for a staff scientist with the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, biochemistry or a related field
  • Extensive practical experience with mass spectrometry-based analyses
  • Knowledge in quality assessment and validation of methods
  • Flexible and able to organize your own time efficiently
  • Good at working independently and self-motivated
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, especially in English; spoken as well as written.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with, and skills in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics analysis including:
  • Develop and apply GC-MS and LC-MS methods.
  • Data preprocessing of MS-based metabolomics analysis using e.g. MZmine, XCMS or MS-dial.
  • Knowledge in univariate and multivariate statistics

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

Terms of salary and employment
The employment as Staff Scientist (AC-TAP FU) is a full-time position for 5 years. Starting date is October 1, 2024, or after agreement. Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications.

For further information please contact Platform Manager Mansa Nair Kihara (mansa.nair@sund.ku.dk) or Professor Thomas Moritz (thomas.moritz@sund.ku.dk). For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at SUND-HR-CBMR@sund.ku.dk.  

Please submit your application in English by clicking "Apply now" below.

The application should consist of the following:

  • Letter of application/motivation (max 1 page)
  • Your CV incl. education, a list of laboratory skills/techniques, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  • Copy of relevant certificate/diploma

Deadline for application 1 August 2024

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 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.


Mansa Nair Kihara


Application deadline: 01-08-2024
Employment start: 01-10-2024
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research University of Copenhagen
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