Postdoc in Clinical Proteomics and Liver Metabolism

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR)
Denmark (DK)
In accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation
June 11 2019
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Postdoc in Clinical Proteomics and Liver Metabolism

at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Re

A Postdoctoral stipend is available in the clinical proteomics group at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR). The Center has been established at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen to promote basic and applied discovery research on human proteins of medical relevance. The Center comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production and characterization in disease mechanisms. The clinical proteomics group is led by Professor Matthias Mann, a leading authority in mass spectrometry-based proteomics with more than 200,000 citations according to ISI (H-index over 214), making him one of the most highly cited researchers worldwide.

For more information about the Clinical Proteomics group, please visit this website.

Project description
Assistant Professor and Medical Doctor Nicolai J. Wewer Albrechtsen in the clinical proteomics group at CPR has received a grant of DKK 9.7 million (1.3 M EUR) for a project on the human liver. The project will explore and seek to understand how the liver works and which biochemical systems in the liver are impaired in patients with liver diseases.

The project is led by Nicolai J. Wewer Albrechtsen, Matthias Mann, and Associate Professor, Senior Consultant, Liselotte Gluud (Gastrounit, Hvidovre Hospital).

Please read more about Nicolai J. Wewer Albrechtsen's Excellence Emerging Investigator grant here or contact him by e-mail:

We are looking for an excellent and creative candidate to work together with Nicolai J. Wewer Albrechtsen on his human liver project. You will be part of a dynamic working group composed of master and PhD students as well as medical doctors. You will be mainly working on performing and analysing human tissue from the liver study using state-of the art technologies and integrating this with clinical data. By joining us, you may bridge basic science to a new understanding of human physiology and metabolic diseases. Furthermore, you may also contribute to the design and potential execution of retro translational studies (e.g. in-vitro studies or in-vivo studies).

It is essential that you like working in a team-based manner but you will also work on independent related project(s). You have prior experience in generating and handling ‘big data’ (e.g. RNA sequencing or even better in proteomics/phosphoproteomics) and you are open-minded for learning new techniques. Prior knowledge and experience in basic laboratory sciences such as performing western blots or similar and experience doing in-vitro or in-vivo experiments is preferred. Supervision of students is expected.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • The candidate is required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in the natural or medical science.
  • Excellent scientific track record, including at least one publication as first author in a high quality, peer reviewed international journal.
  • You are highly experienced in laboratory sciences (e.g. molecular biology) and preferably also have experience with studies in animals (e.g. FELASA certification) or cell lines.
  • Prior experience with mass-spectrometry based approaches, RNA-sequencing, and programming (e.g. R or Python) is preferred.
  • You have an active interest in mass-spectrometry and metabolism.
  • The candidate needs to be able to work effectively in an international and multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated English writing and other communication skills are advantageous.

Place of employment
The employment is at CPR (, University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is vibrant and ambitious but also supportive. Currently about 30 different nationalities are represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities in protein science and related areas. The institute regularly organizes seminars with high-profile international speakers as well as other events.

Terms of employment
The employment as Postdoc is for 1 year with a possibility for an extension of employment up to 3 years. Starting date is 1 October 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).
Currently, the monthly salary starts at DKK 34,079/approx. EUR 4,574 (April 2019 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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 position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.

For further information please contact Camilla Mariana Johansson, Program Coordinator at CPR by e-mail:

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

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:

  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. Letter of recommendation.

Deadline for applications: 28 June 2019, 23.59 p.m. 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

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 August 2019.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.