Research Assistant in Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
University of Copenhagen Department of Nutrition Exercise and Sports

Research Assistant at Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a Research Assistant position commencing 01.07.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The position is available in the Section for Preventive and Clinical Nutrition Section that possesses specialist expertise within the substantiation of health-related effects of specific nutrients, foods and whole diets.

The section conducts short- and longer-term dietary intervention studies trying to elucidate the cause-effect relationship between dietary exposure and health related outcomes along with elucidation of possible mechanisms. The section works with new methodologies for assessing dietary intake, has well- equipped laboratories, uses metabolomics as a novel method for objective assessment of dietary intake and has a focus on the potential role of the gut microbiome and on sustainability in relation to diet, health and disease.

Project description

The position is related to the project RENEW (link), that examines the role of a dairy derived calcium supplementation in the prevention of bone loss in postmenopausal women. The project is supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark, The project specifically addresses the application of a novel calcium supplement to be tested in a 12 months randomized controlled intervention trial and is conducted at two study sites.

The position is open from 01.07.2021 and available for a 17 months period.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. Since the successful applicant will be involved in relations with Danish speaking volunteers, it is important that applicants have excellent command of Danish or a related Nordic language. 

Job description

The current position includes taking part in the recruitment, the intervention including handling of study participants and collection of samples and data handling during the study.

Key tasks include:

  • Recruitment of study participants
  • Planning, management and coordination of study activities and study materials
  • Handling and processing of biological samples
  • Conducting trial days
  • Communication between study locations and with study participants
  • Participation in the scientific activities of the group

Formal requirements

We are looking for highly motivated applicants with the following competencies and experiences:

  • An MSc degree in Human Nutrition, Food Science, Public Health Nutrition or related field.
  • Previous experience with human intervention/cohort studies.
  • An independent, rational and pragmatic mindset promoting collaboration and solutions.
  • Self-motivated, highly organized personality with strong attention to details.
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written Danish.
  • Previous experience with the programs: EasyTrial, Myfood24 and SurveyXact will be beneficial, even not a formal requirement.
  • License to run DXA-scans will be beneficial, even though not a formal requirement.

Terms of employment

The Memorandum on Job Structure covers the position for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting annual salary is currently at a minimum DKK 355,396 including annual supplement (+ 17.1 % pension). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


For further information about the position please contact Professor, Inge Tetens, Department of Nutrition Exercise and Sports (


The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Publication list

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 April 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews are expected to be held in (week 19 - May 2021)


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.


Inge Tetens


Application deadline: 21-04-2021
Employment start: 01-07-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Nutrition Exercise and Sports
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