Two Postdoc positions in Single Cell Genomics

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

We are looking for two highly motivated and dynamic researchers for two Postdoc positions to start as soon as possible or after agreement.  

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) was established in 2010 to conduct fundamental research on metabolism. It is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The Center has around 200 employees from all over the world and represents a highly international research environment characterised by teamwork and collaborations across a range of biomedical disciplines. We moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower in summer 2017. You can read more about us at      

The positions available are in the Central Regulation of Metabolism Group headed by Associate Professor Tune H. Pers. The research group investigates molecular processes that regulate energy balance and glucose control and develops computational tools to prioritize gene and biological pathways underlying metabolic traits. You can read more about the research of the Pers Group at the CBMR website.  

Project description
The postdoctoral fellows will analyze large-scale single cell transcriptomics and single cell epigenetics data of the mammalian brain in the context of metabolic health and disease (on a project that is generously funded).  

The work will be focused on identifying central nervous system mechanisms underlying weight- and blood glucose regulation. Towards that aim, the successful applicant will leverage lab data from in vivo mouse studies and single nuclei RNA sequencing to study metabolic disease in the context of mouse and human brain development. Mouse and human single cell data will be integrated with large-scale human genetics data from the GIANT consortium and Danish cohorts (over 200,000 deeply phenotyped individuals). Our research group is young and international (started in 2016; 4 PhD Fellows, 2 Postdocs, 1 Assistant professor; 4 nationalities), interdisciplinary (human biology, computational biology, applied math, neuroscience) and closely linked to leading international research groups in the area of metabolic research (Professor Michael W. Schwartz, University of Washington, USA) and human stem cell development (Dr. Agnete Kirkeby, Danish Center for Stem Cell Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark).  

We are looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists, who ideally have the following competencies and qualifications:  

  • A PhD degree in biomedical or natural sciences
  • Solid expertise in programming (Python, R, machine learning)
  • Experience in generation and analysis of RNA sequencing data
  • Basic understanding of biology human genetics
  • Ideally a basic understanding of developmental biology and neuroscience
  • An ambitious, independent and critical mind-set
  • An interest in co-supervising PhD Fellows
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

Terms of employment
The postdoc positions are full-time positions for 2 years. Starting date is as soon as possible or after agreement.   Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.   Non-Danish 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 positions are covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.  

For further information about the positions, please contact Associate Professor Tune H. Pers by email For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR by email  

International applicants may find these links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and    

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking Apply now. Your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:  

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)  
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of 2 pages; your ORCID must be included)  
  • Full list of publications (journal impact factors at publication date must be included)  
  • References (name and contact details of at least two references).  

Application deadline: 28 April 2019 at 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 requirements.  

The further process After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an unbiased assessor has passed their application for assessment. 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 him/herself.   You can read about the recruitment process at    

The applicants 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 background.    

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Read the job description at the university homepage

Application due: 4/26/2019

Post expires on Sunday April 28th, 2019