Faculty Position at UCPH University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Assistant Professor position in Biochemistry and Metabolomics at UCPH, Denmark, Mar 2022.


Assistant Professor position with experience in biochemical and metabolic research, for the analysis of metabolites from murine and human samples and may include analysis of a diverse range of tissues and additional species is available for the applicants with doctoral degree at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, March-2022.

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Biomedical Sciences

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark


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Qualification Details

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in a biological science (e.g. genetics, biochemistry, etc)
  • You are highly experienced (10+ years) in quantitative and qualitative mass spectrometry based metabolomics with special interest in polar metabolites
  • You are highly experienced in handling of diverse sample types (tissues and fluids from rodents, humans and unconventional biological models (e.g. bears, crustaceans, birds, large land mammals))
  • You have an active interest in biological chemistry and metabolomics
  • You have an active interest in collaborative research
  • You have pre- and postgraduate teaching experience within biochemistry
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • You have experience in co-supervision of MSc and/or PhD students
  • You have experience in rodent metabolic phenotyping
  • You have experience in simple chemical synthesis (e.g. stable isotope labelled standard synthesis)

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic assistant professor who is experienced in biochemical and metabolic research for a 4 year position to commence July 1st, 2022.

The position primarily includes the analysis of metabolites from murine and human samples to answer basic biological questions and may include analysis of a diverse range of tissues and additional species.

You will be an integral part of the group and work with students and collaborators. Your main tasks would be designing and implementing metabolomics focused experiments to answer our group’s biological questions. The day-to-day tasks include sample preparation (including extraction of fluids (e.g. plasma, bile) and tissues (e.g. liver, muscle, etc.)), data generation using low and high resolution mass spectrometers coupled to ultra-high performance liquid chromatography systems and data analysis using open source metabolomics software. You will be developing new methods for the analysis of metabolites in diverse sample matrices and training and then delegating your designed methods to current and new members of the laboratory to take on their own metabolomics projects. We strive to train, teach and mentor the next generation of scientists and expect you to serve in the mentorship of more junior lab members.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society
  • participation in formal pedagogical training programme for assistant professors

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. 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
  4. List of publications
  5. Teaching portfolio (If applicable)

Deadline for applications: 16 March 2022, 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 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.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 16 to 18.

About the Group

The position will be based in assistant professor Trisha Grevengoed’s group. The Grevengoed group is unravelling the biological roles of a novel class of amphiphilic lipids known as n-acyl-taurines (NATs) through the use of interdisciplinary techniques, including mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. So far, we have established that NATs are biliary lipids increased by omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, and thus may be important mediators of the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids.

We are currently studying how these metabolites are synthesized and how common they are in the animal kingdom. To this end, our group collaborates with international and local basic science researchers and clinicians to obtain rare samples (e.g. human liver biopsies, human bile, zoological samples) for the analysis of NATs.

As an international group, we are seeking an interdisciplinary, international researcher who will fully integrate into our expanding diverse group. We strive for an inclusive environment that integrates differing scientific perspectives as we enthusiastically investigate this novel and exciting class of lipids.

About the Employer:


The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 4 years. The start date is July 1st 2022.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,800 DKK/approx. 4,940 EUR (October 2021 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign 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 position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


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