Professorship in Molecular Biology of Diabetes Pathogenesis or Metabolic Diseases

Requirements and Expectations


The successful candidate is expected to have a strong research profile in the broad field of molecular biology and biochemistry of diabetes and diabetes-related diseases. This includes candidates with expertise in one or more of the fields of metabolic diseases, stem cell differentiation, fat cell biology, β-cell biology as well as candidates with expertise in associated bioanalytical technologies.

He/she must have an ambition to advance Danish diabetes research by establishing a dynamic, creative and internationally oriented research group with multiple collaborations at SDU as well as with a wide spectrum of researchers in the Danish Diabetes Academy and with international collaborators.

It is expected that the successful candidate attracts major external research funding from public and private sources. He/she must therefore have an excellent track record of publications in international journals and a high standing in the international research community.

We welcome applications from outstanding young candidates at the associate professor level who are ready for the next step in their career. Candidates with industrial/commercial career background are also encouraged to apply, provided they fulfil the academic requirements for research and education.


The successful candidate should have a documented record of teaching and supervision. He/she will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Biomedicine study programmes and possibly also to our new international Computational Biomedicine MSc programme. This will also include supervision of dissertation students for bachelor and master projects. In addition, the professor is expected to supervise graduate students and postdocs and participate in the training activities of the Danish Diabetes Academy.

What can SDU offer

SDU has a strong tradition of collaboration between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences. This collaboration is particularly strong in the fields of metabolism and diabetes where the two faculties have collaborated closely for more than a decade. Diabetes pathophysiology spanning basic biology to clinical physiological studies is a highly prioritized area at the University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital (OUH). Areas of particular interest at SDU/OUH include

  1. Molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance in muscle and adipocytes

  2. The role of stem cell dysfunction in disease etiology and progression

  3. Transcriptional networks regulating β-cell and adipocyte function and dysfunction

  4. Signalling networks involved in mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. The strong research profile of SDU in diabetes pathogenesis, metabolism, and stem cell differentiation will provide excellent opportunities for establishing collaborations.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), Faculty of Science has a staff of 25 tenured investigators.  BMB has long standing strengths in the fields of molecular mechanisms of diabetes, metabolism and adipocyte differentiation and function, and regulatory networks of stem cell differentiation. Furthermore, BMB is very well equipped with enabling technologies.

The department is well-known internationally for its top level proteomics and biological mass spectrometry research. Other strong enabling technologies include state-of-the art next generation sequencing, metabolomics/lipidomics, bioimaging, and biocomputing. A recent major infrastructure grant from the VILLUM Foundation to establish the VILLUM Center for Bioanalytical Sciences made it possible to upgrade to the most advanced equipment in all these fields.

Furthermore, the Faculty of Science is hosting the Danish Molecular Biomedical Imaging Center, a national bioimaging resource. The successful candidate will have direct access to this unique combination of high powered omics platforms and advanced bioimaging technologies.

Start-up funding will include funding for one postdoctoral position (three years) and one PhD fellowship (three years) from DDA as well as DKK 5 million from the SDU Faculty of Science.

The University of Southern Denmark offers an inspiring research and teaching environment with 29,000 students and 5,400 employees. Turnover 2013 was DKK 2.8 billion (Strategy for the University of Southern Denmark). 

Application deadline: 15 September 2016 (CET)

For further information please contact Professor Ole Nørregaard Jensen, Head of Department (e-mail:, phone: +45 6550 2368), or Professor Susanne Mandrup (e-mail:, phone: +45 6550 2340). 

Application, salary etc

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The application must include: 

  1. Curriculum vitae of applicant

  2. Full list of the applicant's scientific publications indicating the ten most important publications 

  3. Description of previous research including research management and major research grants

  4. Description of experience with supervision of graduate students and postdocs

  5. Description of pre-and post-graduate teaching experience

  6. Summary of administrative experience

  7. Outline of how the applicant’s future research strategy would build on current research, identifying how it would complement existing research in the SDU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (no more than four pages)

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, or ethnic background.

Please notice the following before you apply:

  • Applications must be submitted electronically using the 'Apply online' link below

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  • Please read 'How to apply' before you apply

  • Since not all members of the appointment committee are Danish-speaking, it is recommended that your application is submitted in English.

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Application deadlline: 15 September 2016

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