Research Coordinator in Basic Metabolic Research
University of Copenhagen

Research Coordinator for Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent Research Coordinator to provide administrative support to the Gametic Epigenetics Consortium against Obesity (GECkO) starting on October 1, 2020 or after agreement. The position is a maternity cover with a duration of 1 year.

GECkO is primarily based at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) that was established in 2010 to conduct fundamental research on metabolism. 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. You can read more about us here:

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The successful candidate will be an essential member of a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, the University of Chicago and the University of Sydney, aiming to identify the mechanisms by which nutritional factors before conception influence the predisposition to obesity in the next generation offspring (GECkO). In addition, the Research Coordinator will be expected to organise and participate in regular virtual meetings with partners in the USA and Australia.

The successful candidate will work closely with the head of the GECkO programme (Professor Romain Barrès) in many operational and administrative aspects supporting activities of the consortium. These include but are not limited to reporting budget operations to the funding agency ; booking travel and accommodation for visiting scientists; organising video conferences and face to face meetings; communicating with Principal Investigators and research staff at all levels, and liaising with media and non-scientific stakeholders for communication activities of the consortium.


The ideal candidate should be meticulous, detail oriented, flexible, a problem solver, service minded and with a high-aptitude for inter-personal communication.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic research coordinator with the following background and competencies:

  • Master degree
  • Cross disciplinary understanding of research and of finances, operations, human resources, and communication in research
  • Experience in developing and maintaining effective relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Excel
  • Proficiency with IT and new technologies
  • Ability to thrive in an international, multicultural team setting of biochemists, bioinformaticians, and other laboratory staff
  • Ability to work independently and to use sound judgment to handle and prioritize a variety of tasks
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and respond to shifting priorities

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Panum, University of Copenhagen. You will refer to Head of Administration Helle Hald and be part of a dynamic administrative team of 12 people. We support the core tasks of the Center: research, education and research communication. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of salary and employment

The employment as Research Coordinator (AS-TAP) is a fixed-term employment from October 1, 2020 (or after agreement) to and including September 30, 2021.

Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. 


For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Romain Barrès at or Head of Administration Helle Hald at For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at

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


Your application in English should include:

  • Letter of application addressing the requirements (max. one page).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

Application deadline: 20 August 2020, 23.59 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 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.


Application deadline: 20-08-2020
Employment start: 01-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

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