Saturday, 28 January 2012

Associate professorship in Environmental Epigenetics at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The University seeks to appoint an Associate Professor to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research to commence as soon as possible.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research has been established at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to conduct fundamental research on metabolism. The center
which consists of five scientific sections and a number of international research alliances was established through a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The current position is in the section for Integrative Physiology headed by Scientific Director Juleen Zierath in the group for Environmental Epigenetics.

You can read more about The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research at

Job description
The post entails research in the field of human metabolic diseases including Type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, and ageing and how lifestyle factors including diet and exercise can promote health benefits using technologies from the fields of molecular biology, physiology and epigenetics. A candidate with good international experience in any of the areas mentioned above will be strongly preferred.

The associate professor´s duties will primarily consist of:
• research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication
• research-based teaching with associated examination duties
• research leadership as well as educational guidance and supervision of assistant professors
• professional assessment work

Qualifications - selection criteria
Applicants must have a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related science, and qualification within one, preferably more, of the following scientific areas:
• A proven track record in the field of Epigenetics and, more particularly, DNA methylation
• A strong track record in Metabolism and Insulin action, with expertise in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue biology
• Track record for successful grant application as a principal investigator
• Experience in designing and studying human cohorts, particularly with exercise training as a model
• Experience in convening and delivering University courses
• Research qualifications such as an assistant professor or equivalent within the subject area(s)
• Teaching qualifications such as an assistant professor or equivalent within the subject area(s)*

*If the applicant has no previous teaching experience through employment as an assistant professor or has not achieved corresponding teaching experience, the appointment will be probationary for 1½ years.

The associate professor is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Terms of employment
The terms will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations or other relevant professional organization. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

For further details please contact Research Director, Professor Juleen Zierath, e-mail

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

The application, in English, must be submitted by clicking "Apply online" below and must include the following:
• An application with a motivation for applying for this position
• A curriculum vitae
• Diplomas
• A list of publications
• A research plan
• A teaching portfolio
• A teaching plan
• Publications (max 10) you wish considered in the assessment

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee wishes to see further documentation and/or include work not listed in the application. Following processing of the application, any application material will be disposed of in a secure manner.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 on the appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage all interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Please send the application with the above mentioned attachments electronically by clicking "Apply online" below. Only electronic applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59, Wednesday 1. February 2012.

Follow this link for further guidance.

Apply online
Deadline: 01-02-2012
Publisher: Faculty of Health Sciences

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