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Postdoctoral Researcher – Metabolic Research, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Oct 2021

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University of Copenhagen invites applications for Postdoctoral Researcher Job in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Metabolic Research particularly focus on characterizing how key metabolites such as succinate and lactate function as extracellular signals of metabolic stress at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Schwartz Group, Denmark – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Maersk Tower, Panum Institute
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen K,

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Qualification Details

A highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD within molecular and cellular biology, who based on the fact that this is an ongoing major project should have the following competencies and qualifications:

Essential criteria:

  • Deep knowledge of GPCR related molecular pharmacology including hands-on experience with advanced signal transduction assays (minimum including Ca2+, IP3, cAMP, G protein recruitment (BRET based assays), luciferase assays).
  • Experience with structure-based discovery and characterization of mode of action of pharmacological tool compounds. Hands on experience with screening small molecule libraries.
  • Extensive experience with isolation, differentiation and characterization of both primary human and murine immune cells
  • Solid experience with molecular biology (cloning, mutagenesis, qPCR) and cell biology techniques (including experience with culture and handling of multiple cell lines as well as primary cells, and characterizing them with IncuCyte®, Seahorse® and xCelligence® equipment for real time analysis).
  • FELASA laboratory animal science certificate and hands-on experience in applying for licenses for animal experiments, handling transgenic mouse model breeding etc. and experience in planning and running various syngeneic cancer models.
  • Basic training in the underlying mechanisms and key concepts within the innovation process behind starting up a biotech company.
  • Experience in day to day supervising master and PhD students as well as lab technicians. Proven scientific track record.
  • Excellent skills and training in presenting data at meeting


  • The holder of the position will report to Professor Thue W. Schwartz.
  • It is key that the holder of the position excel in interacting with staff at all levels, both internally and externally, regarding relevant research topics.

Responsibilities/Job Description

a highly motivated researcher who will focus on characterizing how key metabolites such as succinate and lactate function as extracellular signals of metabolic stress or fuel availability through recognition by and signaling through specific GPCR sensors. An important part of the research will be to translate cutting edge basic research in this field into innovation.

You will function as the right hand of the Group Leader, Thue W. Schwartz both in respect of running the day to day activities in the basic research project and in the innovation project as these are still closely integrated. You will coordinate the day to day work of two lab technicians and one PhD student, and act as project coordinator for the very interdisciplinary projects including close interactions with a neighbouring computational/medicinal chemistry group, a cancer group as well as several other collaborators including CRO’s.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

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:

  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

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 applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

About the Project

Over the last five to eight years, we have established that key metabolites from our intracellular intermediary metabolism function not only as fuel add metabolic building blocks but also act as extracellular signals of fuel availability and metabolic stress.

The specific project mainly deals with:

  1. characterizing how succinate is generated and accumulates in response to metabolic and hypoxic stress and how it binds to and activates different signal transduction pathways through its GPCR sensor, GPR91/SUCNR1 and
  2. characterize how lactate as an extracellular endpoint of glycolysis bind to and activates GPR81/HCAR1. These two integrated projects both covers auto and paracrine mechanism in metabolic tissues, immune cells and cancer and the work spans from basic molecular pharmacology - including participation in the development of novel pharmacological tool compounds – over in vitro 2D and 3D cellular models to in vivo transgenic and syngeneic murine models. Importantly, at this point the project has matured to also function as the basis for an innovation project aiming at forming a start-up biotech company.

About the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center

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:

About Group and Research

The aim of the Schwartz Group is to understand the structural and functional basis for how signaling metabolites and their specific GPCR sensors control endocrine, metabolic and immune functions as the basis for developing novel means to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and cancer and to translate this research into innovation projects. You can read more about the Schwartz Group here.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Place of employment

The place of employment is at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a 37 working hours (full time employment) and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is January 1, 2022.

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 been tax liable in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.

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Contact details

For further information please contact Professor Thue W. Schwartz at For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at

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

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