Careers – University of Copenhagen

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Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research > About the Center > Careers

When you work within the Center, you will be part of a team with a purpose.  You will be encouraged to learn and grow through responsibility, integrity and collaboration.

Six scientific sections

Starting a job at the Center means joining an organization that practices a team-based approach to science. We encourage, support and value each employee as they fulfil their professional aspirations.

On a daily basis, the Center’s structure and collaboration model embraces efficient cross-center research activities and knowledge sharing throughout all layers of the organization and for the benefit of the Center and each employee. 

Global collaboration

Our researchers collaborate internally and externally to bring together laboratory investigations from different disciplines and explore new ways to understand, cure, control, and prevent metabolic diseases.

We are proud of the Center’s extensive global collaboration network of more than 200 partners from all over the world. To contribute to a flourishing scientific environment, the Center is engaged in seven different international research alliances. We finance key personnel and experimental costs in exchange for access to complementary skills, knowledge, equipment, and cutting-edge technologies. 

Personal advancement

We foster good working conditions and career development for our employees. Besides the general Performance and development reviews to support employees in meeting adaptive challenges and enhance and develop skills at all layers, the Center offers a participation in a Mentoring process designed to focus on some specific concerns or situations you might come across in your work life.


Education is a vital part of sustainable innovative research. We are dedicated to provide diverse educational opportunities to further develop the skills and ambitions of our staff scientists, postdocs, PhD students, laboratory technicians and research managers.

Diversity and inclusion

At the Center, we encourage our employees to champion ideas and share their different perspectives, knowing that each individual contribution leads to a greater whole.

Our networks for PhD students, postdocs, technicians, women and international employees are voluntary forces organized around a dimension of diversity. The networks aim to give voice to shared challenges in order to facilitate new initiatives and joint influence throughout the organisation. The networks are central to the Center’s goal of sustaining an operational model that values an inclusive environment for our employees.

Attractive conditions for international employees

We recognize that continuous and diverse learning is a strategic advantage for the Center. We facilitate versatile research environment by welcoming international specialists to join our team and by encouraging our current employees to consider overseas postings.

Additionally, we strive to create the best possible conditions for the international new-comers. Foreign staff is generally eligible to favorable tax conditions (postdocs and up) up to a 5-year period together with a guaranteed access to the Danish health care system and social security. 

Relocation to Denmark

The Center has an extensive international community. About a third of our staff are foreigners, and we strive to recruit 50% internationally.

Before applying, feel free to contact our dedicated HR team to clarify important questions, e.g. tax, work and residence permit, registration in Denmark and Danish culture and society.

While working in Denmark, you can look forward to being introduced to the famous Scandinavian “work/life balance”-approach which meets every employee’s need for a high degree of flexibility and a balance between work and private life. For example, we propose attractive conditions for families by offering pregnancy/maternity/parental leave with salary and time off to care for your family.


If you are a Medical Doctor considering a research career, an MD student interested in research or a Master’s student curious about working at laboratories, you are welcome to send unsolicited applications to us. We will contact you, if we see a direct match between your profile and an open position.

Submit your unsolicited application indicating the scientific section you are interested in, together with your CV, diplomas and recommendations via

Please, check for any relevant vacant positions here before considering an unsolicited application.