Assistant Professorship in Translational Metabolism Research to Study the Role of Nucleotides in Tumour Microenvironment

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for an assistant professor in Cancer Biology. We are looking for an outstanding junior cancer researcher with an innovative mindset and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile of the Research unit for Translational Biology. The position is for a duration of three years from September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, and the candidate will be affiliated with the group of Associate Professor Paolo Ceppi. This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated research talents to develop their independent research programme in a well-equipped and highly supportive environment.

  • Application deadline- 30 June 2023.
  • Starting date- 1 September 2023, or soon thereafter.

All research areas within metabolism research in cancer biology will be considered, but candidates with research interests in understanding the role of nucleotide metabolism in tumours and to investigate metabolic crosstalk within the tumour microenvironment are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will establish the research programme, ideally with national or international collaborations, within the Research Unit for Translational Biology and the Ceppi lab. The successful candidate is expected to supervise student projects from Bachelor to PhD level, disseminate the results through publication in international peer-reviewed journals and seek external research funding. The candidate will be enrolled in the SDU Lecturer Training Programme and the SDU Research Academy to enhance qualifications in university didactics and research management, respectively.

The Research Unit for Translational Biology offers shared fully equipped laboratories for performing cell cultures, FACS instrument, an S3 Incucyte real-time in vivo imaging system and access to mass spectrometry, advanced bioimaging, high-throughput sequencing and animal facility. Furthermore, we aim to strengthen our joint research activities with clinicians working in Odense University Hospital, which is currently being built immediately adjacent to the department.

The successful candidate should have:

  • A PhD in Cancer Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related field
  • At least three years of postdoctoral experience
  • A strong publication record with first-author publications in leading international journals, preferably in the topic of cancer metabolism
  • Direct experience and publications in animal work for cancer research
  • Experience of teaching at undergraduate level, and a strong commitment to teach and supervise students
  • A track record of successful collaborations
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary environment
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Additional factors which will be evaluated positively (but which are not mandatory) include:

  • Having previously obtained external funding as primary applicant
  • Formal pedagogical qualifications
  • Prior experience of student supervision.

We offer:

  • A stimulating, collaborative, and international research environment
  • Relevant courses in university teaching, research management, grantsmanship, and Danish language to develop the applicant’s academic career
  • Dedicated assistance and support with various practical, social, and legal aspects (housing, visa, administration, tax etc.), especially for international candidates through our international staff office (ISO) and department.

For further information about the call, please contact Associate Professor Paolo Ceppi, For further general information please contact Head of Section Brage Storstein Andresen at or Head of Department Jakob Møller-Jensen at

Application, salary etc.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The application must include the following:

• A curriculum vitae

• A full list of publications

• Copies of all publications on which the applicant wishes to be evaluated

• A brief survey of the applicant’s most important research results and research plans for the next three years.

• A teaching portfolio comprising a description of previous teaching and/or supervision experience (date, subject, type and duration of course or project, number of students and ECTS if applicable) and a brief description of the applicant’s teaching philosophy.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Please note that applicants are expected to have completed their PhD.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Since not all members of the appointment committee are Danish-speaking, it is recommended that your application is submitted in English.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.