Scientific Manager, Translational Medicine
Are you motivated by the opportunity to facilitate major national and international research initiatives in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiometabolic disease? Our Translational Medicine department is searching for a Scientific Manager with a strong scientific background in genetic and molecular epidemiology, clinical trials research, and/or translational medicine to support the strategic development of next-generation epidemiology and clinical trials research in Denmark and internationally.

In this role, you will be located within the Department of Translational Medicine, reporting directly to Scientific Director, Professor Paul Franks. Translational Medicine is one of four departments within the Medicine Science programme area headed by Senior Vice President Martin Ridderstråle. This department supports translational research focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiometabolic diseases. Included within this are precision medicine initiatives.

Medical Science as a programme area funds and advances research that seeks to increase understanding of health, wellbeing, and disease to solve serious challenges and improve healthcare performance. A key strategic focus is on cardiometabolic disease. In addition to Translational Medicine, there are currently three other closely integrated departments within Medical Science, which, through cross-cutting partnerships, cover basic (Biomedical Medicine) and clinical (Clinical Medicine) research, as well as Strategic Partnerships. You will work within multi-stakeholder teams, developing and facilitating world-class research and educational initiatives.

The Job

As Scientific Manager, you will be responsible for the development and coordination of new and existing initiatives. You will play an important role in internal and external stakeholder engagement and undertake detailed subject matter explorations. Day-to-day aspects of your work will include:

  • Reviewing the recent scientific literature to define progress and gaps in current knowledge and methods
  • Maintaining an overview and providing regular summary updates of specific research topics
  • Interactions with national & international partners, collaborators, and stakeholders
  • Participation in site visits and conferences
  • Designing and hosting collaborative workshops
  • Scoping and developing strategic proposals
  • Developing and facilitating ‘open call’ funding programmes

Further to this, you will collaborate with, and support other Novo Nordisk Foundation departments’ handling of applications and ongoing strategic projects within relevant area(s) of expertise when required.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

We are looking for a Scientific Manager with a PhD within a relevant academic field and a minimum of 2 years post-PhD experience in genetic and molecular epidemiology, clinical trials research, and/or translational medicine in cardiometabolic disease. The successful candidate will have a strong scientific background, illustrated through a solid publication track-record in respectable peer-reviewed journals. Experience working within large multi-partner projects focusing on multi-ethnic cohorts is important.

Furthermore, we expect that you have:

  • Detailed working knowledge of large biobanks
  • Experience working within large transethnic/international epidemiological studies and clinical trials
  • Experience working within philanthropy
  • Experience organising scientific symposia
  • Experience with public communication
  • Experience reviewing funding applications
  • Project management skills and ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously
  • High level of IT skills including expertise in programming
  • Exceptional English language oral and written

Your colleagues would describe you as:

  • Professional, quality-conscious, and impact-oriented
  • Independent and able to make decisions and provide strategic input
  • Ambitious, proactive, and with a structured approach to problem-solving
  • Intellectually quick, curious, disciplined, resourceful, and resilient
  • Able to build strong relationships with good interpersonal skills
  • A team player

Working at the Novo Nordisk Foundation
We offer a committed and professional workplace in which we emphasize ensuring that our colleagues thrive, are challenged and have opportunities to develop their potential. A career at the Novo Nordisk Foundation gives you the opportunity to work:

  • on important projects that benefit society;
  • with key actors within research and development in Denmark;
  • and as part of a dedicated team that is passionate about creating value for society.

Application and Information
For more information, please contact Prof Paul Franks, Scientific Director on phone: +45 2063 2350 or Senior P&O Partner, Mia Nyborg on phone: +45 5199 9067. We encourage you to send your application as soon as possible and no later than 30/01/2023.

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and university transcripts by clicking on the “Apply now” button.

About the Novo Nordisk Foundation
The Novo Nordisk Foundation dates back to 1922, and is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests. Our vision is to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the lives of people and the sustainability of society.

Since 2010, the Foundation has donated more than DKK 30 billion (€4 billion), primarily for research at public institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic countries. The Foundation gets its income from ownership in the Novo Group companies and more than 130 other life science companies.

In the coming years, the Foundation will broaden its scope and increase its grants for scientific, humanitarian and social purposes. As a consequence, we are a growing organization, which means new job openings and exciting opportunities for employees to be a part of forming the future of the Foundation.

Read more about the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s history, strategy and ownership structure here.

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