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Postdoctoral and Junior Scientists in Cellular and Systems Genomics

Novo Nordisk Limited

Contract types:

Postdoctoral: 3 Years
Junior Scientists: Permanent

Are you an MSc/PhD/postdoctoral computational or experimental biologist with a passion for new technologies such as CRISPR editing and single-cell sequencing of 3D lab-grown organs? Would you like a unique opportunity to explore a career in drug discovery science, with a focus in liver metabolism? The Cellular and Systems Genomics team within the new Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) is a hybrid experimental and computational genomics team operating as part of an alliance between Oxford University and Novo Nordisk: 

We place industry and academic scientists in the same labs to improve translational innovation and career development opportunities across the scientific spectrum.

About Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO)

The institute will consist of research scientists, postdoctoral scientists and Specialists. NNRCO is expanding its current departments (Cellular and Systems Genomics, Discovery Bioinformatics, Discovery Technologies, and Discovery Biology and Pharmacology). This position is for the Cellular Genomics Department, but successful applicants will be expected to collaborate throughout the institution.

NNRCO is part of Novo Nordisk’s Global Drug Discovery unit, which specialises in the discovery and development of diabetic therapies. Our research includes biopharmaceuticals, stem cell regenerative medicine, and metabolic medicines targeting obesity and cardiovascular complications.

The Position

NNRCO’s Cellular and Systems Genomics team is seeking talented and creative computational and experimental biologists at all career levels, to model how cells and genes interact in 3D human liver models. As the team is interdisciplinary, the role will best suit an individual intellectually stimulated by the science and in shaping the questions being asked. You will be expected to collaborate with cross-functional NNRCO teams in areas beyond your expertise (such as imaging, mass spectrometry and stem cell biology) and report results clearly to diabetes researchers within NNRCO, Oxford University, and Novo Nordisk Global Drug Discovery, HQ in Denmark.

We are looking both for junior applicants to support and develop the team’s experimental/computational pipelines, and postdoctoral scientists to lead research themes. This is a unique opportunity for ‘can do’ individuals who enjoy a fast-paced environment where creative intellectual independence and keenness to play a critical role in the discovery of potential drug targets.


You hold an experimental or computational MSc/PhD, with experience in a results-oriented academic or industry scientific environment. Functional genomics (sequencing) and in vitro model expertise are strongly preferred. We expect you to be flexible, open to new ideas, and to be a keen problem solver. The job requires proficiency in English and excellent communication and collaboration skills. You will be part of a team in a highly dynamic and challenging environment.

Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we use our skills, dedication and ambition to help people with diabetes. We offer the chance to be part of a truly global work place, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development. 


Before submitting an application, you are strongly encouraged to first informally inquire about the role from the Head of Department (Quin Wills) together with your CV, clearly indicating your crucial contributions in results-oriented research environments. For general information about the role please contact Henriette Søborg Østerbye on +45 3079 4868.

Application deadline: Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Position Start Date

Start date is November 2018 through January 2019. 

Location: Oxford
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2018
Closes: 28th September 2018
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