Two Postdoc Positions in Metabolic Signalling

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 1 November 2019.


The Center was established in 2010 through a generous, unrestricted grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF). The vision of the Center is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding of the mechanisms of metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. The Center has around 200 employees from all over the world. We moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower in summer 2017. In 2018, the Center obtained new strategic funding from the NNF to further expand and establish/develop five enabling biology and technology platforms in support of the new research strategy. You can read more about us at

The aim of the Sakamoto Group is to elucidate key molecular signalling mechanisms that control energy metabolism and glucose homeostasis associated with exercise, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (see more on The Sakamoto Group works in close collaboration with the other groups of the Integrative Metabolism and Environmental Influences/ Nutrient and Metabolite Sensing program as well as the other programs/platforms of the Center (see more on The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research represents a highly international research environment characterised by teamwork and collaborations across a range of biomedical disciplines.

Project Description

The projects will aim at investigating the molecular mechanisms by which glucose and carbohydrate metabolism are regulated through phosphorylation and allosteric regulation.

The Sakamoto lab uses a multidisciplinary approach in their research and employ techniques ranging from molecular biology and biochemistry to pre-clinical studies using unique generic models. The aims of the projects available in the lab are to explore the functional roles of components of the molecular signalling network in control of energy and glucose homeostasis. We are also interested in investigating underlying mechanisms using genetic screens, proteomics and in vivo reporter models that the successful candidates will develop and apply during this project.


We are looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists with the following competencies and qualifications:

The ideal candidate combines:

  • PhD in a relevant biological subject with research experience in protein biochemistry and cell biology or physiology
  • Strong academic track record with at least one good quality first author publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in metabolic phenotyping/analyses in rodents
  • Ability to work independently, but capable of interacting well within a group
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English

Terms of employment

The two postdoc positions are full-time positions for two years (with potential extension after two years). Starting date is 1 November 2019.

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 28 June 2013.


For further information about the positions, please contact Professor Kei Sakamoto at For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at

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’ below. Furthermore, 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)

The application deadline is 20 September 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 authorized 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.



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Kei Sakamoto


Ansøgningsfrist: 20-09-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-11-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

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