Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
University of Copenhagen
We are offering a PhD fellowship in Genomics of Metabolic Disease commencing
April 1, 2022, or after agreement.
Our group and research
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 toward 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 Kilpeläinen Group investigates the influence of genes on obesity and
metabolic health to find new ways to prevent obesity-related metabolic
diseases. More information about the group can be found here.
We seek an enthusiastic, passionate researcher to carry out a PhD project in
genomics of metabolic disease. The project will focus on multi-trait analyses
to identify genetic variants that show distinct patterns of association with
adiposity and metabolic traits. By applying a range of bioinformatics methods
and tools, the student will seek to identify the causative variants and genes,
the relevant cell types and the states, and the physiological mechanisms by
which the genetic variants may alter the phenotypic traits. The overall vision
is to open avenues for translating genetic findings to new ways to prevent and
treat obesity-related metabolic disorders. The PhD fellow will carry out the
project as part of an international and interdisciplinary team comprising
bioinformaticians, epidemiologists and molecular biologists.
Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Tuomas Kilpeläinen, Novo
Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, e-mail:
Start: April 1, 2022, or after agreement
Duration: 3 years as a PhD fellow
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SUND are:
Carry through an independent research project under supervision
Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to
approx. 30 ECTS points
Participate in active research environments including a stay at another
Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to
your PhD project
Teach and disseminate your knowledge
Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master's degree related
to the subject area of the project e.g. bioinformatics, biostatistics, human
genetics, genetic epidemiology, computational biology, etc.
Other important criteria are:
Experience with population genetic and association analyses of human
Experience in managing and analyzing genome-wide genotype data
Basic understanding of the biology of obesity and metabolic disorders
Pronounced experience in the programming languages R and/or python
Experience from Linux/UNIX environment and high-performance computing
Familiarity with bioinformatics approaches to integrate human genetic
associations with biological information
Experience of multi-trait genetic association analysis, polygenic risk
scores, and/or Mendelian randomization is an advantage
Demonstrated scientific productivity, such as previous research
Excellent written and spoken English language skills
Place of employment
The place of employment is at 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. Our research facilities include modern
laboratories, bioinformatics and statistic guidance, and access to big data
from multiple cohorts.
Terms of employment
The employment as a PhD fellow is full time (37 working hours) and for 3
years. The starting date is April 1, 2022, or after agreement.
It is conditioned upon the applicant's successful enrolment as a PhD student
at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,
University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an
application for the specific project formulated by the applicant
The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on
the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree.
Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement
between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional
Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly
salary begins around 27,871 DKK/approx. 3,745 EUR (October 2021-level) plus
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff
at the Universities of December 11, 2019.
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical
Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website:
https: // healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now'
below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:
Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant
for the position
A certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of
records in the original language, including an authorized English
translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not
completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a
written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted
Publication list (if possible)
As a prerequisite for a PhD employment, your Master's degree must be
equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. We encourage you to read more in the
assessment database: https: // ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-
transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might
ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of
Higher Education and Science.
Application deadline: 29 January 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.
The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications
and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research,
techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.
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 wishes to reflect the diversity of society and
welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal