PhD Fellowship in Functional Proteomics

University of Copenhagen Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research


PhD fellowship in Functional Proteomics

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

University of Copenhagen

We are offering a PhD fellowship Functional Proteomics commencing 1 September 2020.

Our group and research

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) is a vibrant international research environment with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. Our researchers share a common purpose as they seek to transform the basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. The Center’s research has resulted in seminal discoveries as to how genes, hormones, and environmental factors influence metabolic health and disease throughout life.

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The candidate will be part of the Functional Proteomics in Metabolism group headed by Associate Professor Atul Deshmukh and work in close collaboration with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate will work to integrate proteomics and functional physiology, to answer basic and applied research questions related to physical exercise, diet and metabolism. He or she will be embedded within CBMR and work in a scientific environment that bridges several disciplines of proteomics and metabolic diseases.

Project description

The overarching objective of the PhD project is to explore insulin-signalling pathways in normal and insulin resistant skeletal muscle. You will apply state-of-the-art proteomics technology to map insulin-induced phosphoproteome from normal and insulin resistant skeletal muscle cells. You are expected to discover novel deregulated phosphoproteins and validate their functional role in skeletal muscle metabolism.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Atul Deshmukh (

Start: 1 September 2020

Duration: 3 years as a PhD Fellow

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD Fellow at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. molecular biology, molecular biomedicine, etc.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Hands-on experience using liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) on Thermo Scientific instruments with standard software instrument control (Xcaliber)
  • Knowledge concerning preparation of biological samples (e.g. tissue, cells, plasma, serum) for MS-based proteomics
  • Ability to pursue and evaluate quantitative analysis and skills to analyse complex data sets using MaxQuant and Perseus or other related software.
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project, including statistical analysis methods and knowledge within coding language, including R
  • Prior knowledge and experience in metabolic research.
  • Previous scientific publications
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with strong competences and a strong interest in the genetic aspects of complex metabolic diseases in human
  • Experience with and flair for working in an international environment
  • Skills in interdisciplinary research work
  • Written and spoken English language skills

 Place of employment

The place of employment is the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD Fellow is full time and for 3 years and is conditional upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD Fellow at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor at For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact HR at

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

 Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
  • Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: 17 June 2020 at 23.59pm 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 an unbiased assessor has passed their application for assessment.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


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.


Atul Shahaji Deshmukh


Application deadline: 17-06-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

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