We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic Assistant Professor who will
join the Circadian Biology in the Zierath Group for a 4-year position to the
Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research to commence 15
November 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.
You will join a multi-disciplinary research team working on basic and applied
research questions related to circadian rhythms, metabolism and exercise. You
will work both independently and collaboratively across this team and the
Center to produce world-leading research in the field of Circadian Metabolism.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research's vision is to
strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding
of the mechanisms that underlie metabolic health and disease, and to
accelerate this knowledge towards new prevention and treatment strategies. We
were established in 2010, and in 2017, we moved into new laboratories,
offices, and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower www. maersktower.ku.dk.
The Center has around 260 employees who work in an international, highly
collaborative research environment across a range of biomedical disciplines.
You can read more about us here: www. cbmr.ku.dk.
The aim of the Zierath group is to investigate the interactions between
intrinsic biorhythms and external perturbations such as exercise and nutrient
provision to identify novel translational strategies for prevention and
treatment of metabolic disease. You can read more about the work of the group
The group is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, with established
expertise in transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and metabolic
phenotyping across a range of experimental models (cells, rodents, and
Circadian rhythms are driven by an internal biological clock that is
synchronized by Zeitgebers (time-keepers) that anticipate day/night cycles
to optimize the physiology and behavior of organisms. The circadian program is
regulated at both a central and peripheral level, and cell autonomous
circadian rhythms are generated by a transcriptional auto-regulatory feedback
loop. A basic paradigm of circadian regulation of metabolism is that
oscillations of gene expression generate daily rhythms in cellular metabolism.
While disrupted circadian rhythms alter metabolism, the extent to which these
processes are impaired in humans with obesity or type 2 diabetes is unknown.
The main objectives of this Assistant Professor position are to 1)
determine the how post-translational modifications regulate circadian rhythms
in metabolism, 2) develop proteomics methods to study protein dynamics and
post-translational modifications in the context of type 2 diabetes and
circadian metabolism, 3) investigate how the circadian metabolism is
disrupted in type 2 diabetes, and 4) work collaboratively across research
groups and institutions to accelerate the delivery of research deliverables
within the Zierath Group.
The Assistant Professor will adopt multi-disciplinary approaches, integrating
cell-based systems, animal models and humans to investigate the bidirectional
relationship between the circadian clock and metabolism in type 2 diabetes.
This project will include usage of mitochondrial respirometry, microscopy, and
various “omics” approaches (e.g. proteomics, transcriptomic and
metabolomics) as well as bioinformatics tools.
The Assistant Professor's responsibilities will primarily consist of:
research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
sharing knowledge with society
participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant
applying for independent, external funding.
Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the
University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal
impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are
considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find
information about each criterion
here:https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.
Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist
with the following skills and experience:
Essential experience and skills:
You have a PhD in Physiology, Metabolism, Molecular Biology, Biomedicine,
You are highly experienced in metabolic phenotyping of various models,
from cells to humans
You are highly experienced in “omics” research, particularly in the
measurement and analysis of proteomics
Documented experience with animal handling
You have an active interest in Metabolic Research and Circadian Biology
You have pre- and postgraduate teaching experience within Physiology and
Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
Excellent English skills written and spoken
The candidate should be able to work independently and interactively in a
team setting, and be enthusiastic, motivated and proactive
Excellent publication record in high-impact
You have a track record of attracting research funding, commensurate with
your experience level.
Desirable experience and skills:
Experience of working with clinical samples and data
International recognition, in form of awards and/or board appointments to
Candidates with a background in exercise physiology and the measurement of
proteins and post-translational modifications within skeletal muscle would
be highly regarded.
Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic
Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen.
We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and
international research environment.
Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 4 years. The
start date is 15 November 2022 or after agreement.
Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with
the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation
of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the
monthly salary starts at 35,500 DKK/approx. 4,768 EUR (April 2022 level).
Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will
pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.
Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold
a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.
The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at
For further information please contact Professor Juleen R Zierath at
For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www. ism.ku.dk (International
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now' below.
Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments
– all in PDF format:
Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
List of publications
Teaching portfolio (If applicable)
Deadline for applications: 18 August 2022, 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
The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment
manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring
committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their
application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the
assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to
comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant
You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
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 wish to reflect the diversity of society and
encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal