Two Professorships in Metabolism
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Two Professorships in Metabolism

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen


The University of Copenhagen is actively seeking two new Professors who will be leading their own novel research programs within basic metabolic research at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research to commence 1 March 2020.

Each Professor will receive a competitive package including significant start-up funds, and be part of an international scientific collaboration at the Maersk Tower


Job description 
When considering applications for the professorships, the main emphasis will be on the applicants’ abilities to document a high level of original scientific work at an international level within the area of metabolism.

We are particularly interested in candidates who are familiar with integrative research approaches within the broad area of basic metabolic research with an application towards human pathophysiology. The Center’s vision is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms the basic understanding of mechanisms involved in metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. Information about the Center can be found at:


The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination

  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination

  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers

  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate

  • Academic assessments


Required qualifications 
The successful applicant should be able to:

  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline

  • Manage research and other management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer

  • Provide research-based teaching

The professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.    


Terms of employment 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2013).


Enquiries may be addressed to:

Executive Director, Professor Juleen R. Zierath, email: or Vice Executive Director, Professor Birthe Hogh, email


International applicants may find this link useful: Staff Mobility).


The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivation for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)

  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications

  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD and other relevant certificates)

  • A complete list of publications

  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)

  • Uploads of maximum 10 publications to be considered in the assessment

  • Teaching plan

  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

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 encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.


Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Monday 16 September 2019.


Interviews for this position are likely to be held on 4 December 2019.

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