Staff Scientist for the Rodent Metabolic Phenotyping Platform

Copenhagen University
May 26, 2024
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Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

We are seeking a Staff Scientist (Research Consultant) to join the Rodent Metabolic Phenotyping Platform. You will provide expert technical support for our users and assist in the planning and performance of mouse experiments using state-of-the-art equipment and surgery facilities in an international environment. You will also assist in the refinement and development of experimental setups for metabolic phenotyping. The start date is August 1, 2024, or after agreement.

About us The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research's vision is to pioneer groundbreaking research towards better cardiometabolic health. We wish to lead collaborative interdisciplinary research from single-cell genomics to whole-body systems, transforming the basic understanding of cardiometabolic health, and accelerating its translation into 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.

The Center has around 260 employees who work in an international, highly collaborative research environment across a range of biomedical disciplines. You may read more about us here: www.

The Rodent Metabolic Phenotyping Platform (RMPP) assists the researchers at CBMR by offering specialized technical assistance and support and access to equipment for metabolic phenotyping, including metabolic cages and digital ventilated cages. We constantly work towards expanding our catalogue of services, and to familiarize ourselves with the newest technological developments in our field. You may read more about the equipment and services we offer here. Our team currently consists of three animal technicians, two staff scientists and one platform manager.

Your tasks Your tasks will be varied, and depend on the needs of our users, and your expertise/previous experience. Tasks will include:

  • Develop procedures and perform specialized surgical procedures based on the needs and requests of our users
  • Assist our users in the design of animal experiments
  • Continuously refine and develop existing protocols to produce more consistent results and improve animal welfare
  • Identify and introduce new models and techniques to our facility
  • Disseminate findings and expert knowledge to our users in seminars
  • You will work with the rest of the RMPP team, and with researchers, technicians, and students from CBMR and other departments at the University of Copenhagen, and with the animal caretakers from the Department of Experimental Medicine. Your time will be split between the office work in the Maersk Tower and laboratory work in the Animal Facility.

    Profile Required qualifications:

  • You have an MSc in biology, veterinary medicine, biomedicine, or a related field
  • You are accredited to perform animal experiments, with a FELASA EU function ABD license or similar
  • You have hands-on experience in aseptic rodent surgery
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English
  • You are eager to learn and interested in using advanced models to phenotype mice
  • You have an advantage if you fulfil one or more of the following additional criteria:

  • You have previously worked with animal models for metabolic disorders
  • You have experience in intracerebroventricular cannula insertions or other CNS surgery procedures
  • You have a PhD in biology, veterinary medicine, biomedicine, or a related field
  • You have experience in the insertion of vene and/or arterial catheters
  • You have experience with hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp
  • 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 a dynamic and international research environment.

    Terms of employment The employment as Staff Scientist (Research Consultant) is a full-time position for 4 years. The expected starting date is August 1, 2024, or after agreement.

    Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

    Questions or further information about the position, please contact Platform Manager Morten Dall: [email protected]. For info about the employment process, please contact SUND HR CBMR: [email protected].

    Application procedure Your online application must be submitted in Danish or English via the ‘Apply now' link below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Cover letter expressing the motivation and previous research experience of the applicant (max. one page)
  • A CV, including information about education level, previous employment, and technical skills
  • Information about language skills
  • A copy of your diploma
  • Application deadline is May 26, 2024.

    Applications submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal backgrounds.

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