Assistant Professor in Precision Health and Metabolism

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

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for an Assistant Professor position.  Candidates should have a strong background in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology or a related field and an interest in metabolic precision health. This is a 4-year position with a start date of February 15, 2022 or upon agreement.

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 towards 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

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

Our research
The Loos Group aims to identify the key genetic and non-genetic determinants of body weight regulation to gain insight into the deeper layers of biology that underlie obesity and metabolism. Additionally, we aim to improve prediction, prevention and treatment through implementation of precision health strategies. You can read more about the Loos Group here.

Your job
The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up a precision health cohort to identify key predictors of metabolic responses to diet and exercise, with the goal of improving the precision of lifestyle recommendations for optimal health. This project requires experience with wearable, mobile and sensor technologies and expertise in generating and integrating multi-modal data to better understand metabolism.

The candidate will contribute to the design and launch of the cohort and will oversee data collection. Importantly, the candidate will formulate innovative research questions, perform analyses of the complex, multi-omics data, infer and validate algorithms and report on the key findings. The candidate should have a strong computational background, ideally with experience in machine learning and integration of multiple -omics data. Experience in nutrition and exercise science is a plus.

The Assistant Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication and academic dissemination duties,
  • research-based teaching,
  • public outreach, and
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for Assistant Professors

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic researchers who, in addition to the desired expertise stated above, have the following skills and qualifications:

  • a PhD in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, computational biology, machine learning or a related field
  • a strong computational background and expertise in dealing with large (-omics) data sets
  • extensive experience with analysing data, interpreting results, and concisely summarizing key messages
  • an active interest in obesity, metabolism, nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle and precision health
  • an interest in conceiving and designing new projects, in line with the group’s research focus
  • a proven track record showing scientific productivity in peer-reviewed journals
  • proficient communication skills and ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • experience in supervising other researchers at different levels
  • excellent English communication skills, both written and spoken
  • a team player
  • experience in supervising and managing research staff

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, University of Copenhagen. We offer a creative and stimulating work environment in a dynamic, international research setting.

Terms of employment
The employment as Assistant Professor is a full time and fixed-term position for 4 years. Starting date is February 14, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the 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 previously been tax liable to Denmark in the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” from 19 December 2019.

For further information, please contact Professor Ruth Loos at email For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at 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’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant to the position
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications

Application deadline: January 3, 2022 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 their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. 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 may read about the recruitment process at

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 background.



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Ruth Loos


Ansøgningsfrist: 03-01-2022
Ansættelsesdato: 01-03-2022
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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