Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
University of Copenhagen
We are offering a PhD fellowship in “Protein kinase signaling in control of
metabolic homeostasis” commencing March 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.
We investigate key molecular signaling mechanisms that control energy
metabolism and glucose homeostasis associated with exercise, insulin
resistance and type 2 diabetes. We take the state of art and integrated
biochemical, genetic, and physiological approaches in collaboration with
internationally renowned institutes/investigators. See our group page and our
key recent discoveries and publications: www. cbmr.ku.dk/research/nutrient-and-
The overarching aim of the PhD project is to investigate the role that salt
inducible kinase (SIK) plays in regulation of metabolic homeostasis. SIK is
one of the family members closely related to AMP-activated protein kinase
(AMPK) and has emerged as a key regulator of metabolism and inflammation.
The project will apply state-of-art molecular biology tools, biochemical
assays and genetic preclinical models. The successful candidate is expected to
identify novel role and/or regulatory mechanism by which SIK controls
peripheral (e.g. liver) and whole-body metabolic processes/homeostasis, and
also test the effects of small-molecule SIK modulators on metabolic health.
Principal supervisor is Professor Kei Sakamoto
Start: March 1, 2022
Duration: 3 years as a PhD Fellow
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:
Carry out 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. molecular biology, biochemistry, cell
signaling and preclinical metabolic physiology.
Other important criteria are:
Strong theoretical background and track record (MSc studies/internships)
in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell signaling and glucose metabolism
Hands-on experience in performing cell culture experiments (e.g. DNA
transfection, stable cell line generation) and assays related to protein
kinase signaling (e.g. Western blotting, in vitro kinase assay)
Hands-on experience in conducting or assisting preclinical studies on
Ability to manage and analyze complex data sets
Curious mind-set with strong self-motivation to develop new
knowledge/treatment for complex metabolic diseases in human
Strong organizational (sample/reagent, data) and time management skills
Ability to work independently and work as a team player
Experience with and flair for working in an international environment
Written and spoken English language skills
Place of employment
The place of employment is the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic
Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,
University of Copenhagen.
Terms of employment
The employment as PhD Fellow is full time (37 working hours) and for 3
years. The starting date is March 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.
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 can 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
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 fellowship 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: 20 October 2021 , 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.
University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome
applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability,
gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will
be based on merit alone .