Staff Scientist in Basic Metabolic Research
University of Copenhagen Center for Basic Metabolic Research

Staff Scientist in the Sakamoto Group, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced (Senior) Staff Scientist to join the Sakamoto Group. The expected start date is January 1, 2021 or after agreement.

Our research

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) is a vibrant international research environment with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. Our researchers share a common purpose as they seek to transform the basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. 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 us here:

The position available is in the Sakamoto Group, headed by Professor Kei Sakamoto, which investigates fundamental molecular signaling mechanisms that control energy metabolism and glucose homeostasis associated with exercise, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. You can read more about the group here. 

Your job

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled staff scientist who is passionate about science and capable of providing high quality support to the researchers of the group in the area of fundamental metabolic research and hereby contributing to the acceleration of our scientific discoveries.  

Your tasks include

  • Establishment and optimization of cell culture assays using immortalized and primary cells (e.g. metabolic end-point, signaling, gene reporter assays)
  • Generation of genetically-modified cell lines (e.g. CRISPR, FLPin)
  • Ex vivo and in vivo mouse phenotyping and metabolic characterizations linked to energy/glucose homeostasis
  • Supervision of laboratory technicians and junior scientists
  • Contributions to high-standard organization of data, sample and material management


Desirable qualification and experience

  • 5+ years of experience with laboratory work and a PhD degree within biochemistry and/or cell biology and preferably experience in pre-clinical (mouse) work (metabolic phenotyping) with a certificate (EU function ABD (FELASA C))
  • Extensive experience in cell culture work and establishing reporter and/or end-point assays (e.g. metabolic readouts)
  • Experience in supervising technicians and students (or junior postdocs)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
    Personal qualifications
  • A team player with a “can-do” attitude
  • Positive, pro-active, and open-minded
  • Solution-oriented, and capable of handling multiple tasks at the same time

 Place of employment

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

Terms of salary and employment

The employment as staff scientist (Research consultant) is a full-time position for 5 years. Expected starting date is January 1, 2021 or after agreement. Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on prior experiences and qualifications a salary supplement may be negotiated.


For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Kei Sakamoto: For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at  


Your application, in English, should include:

  • Motivation letter (max one page)
  • Curriculum vitae incl. possible publications
  • Copies of relevant certificate(s) of education
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, if non-EU/non-Scandinavian and non-native English speaker.

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted. 

Application deadline: 18 October 2020.  

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.


Kei Sakamoto


Application deadline: 18-10-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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