Scientific Manager within Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Do you want to contribute to creating a more sustainable society? Would you like to be part of an inspiring team that works with grant awarding, supports excellent research, and develops impactful projects together with our key stakeholders?

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Biotech department is looking for a Scientific Manager with a strong background within the field of agricultural sciences and technology to further develop the Foundations´ project portfolio within sustainable agriculture.

Biotech is a strategic programme area in the Novo Nordisk Foundation with the aim of expanding research within industrial and environmental biotechnology, plant-, agriculture- and food sciences. Our aspiration is to promote the development of a sustainable society by supporting research and development that benefits people and the sustainability of society. In addition to supporting relevant world-class research, we have a strong focus on translation of new research and technologies to support the green transition. We engage with stakeholders from academia, organisations, businesses, and governments to promote a change towards sustainability across the whole value chain.

The Biotech team currently consists of eleven highly qualified and passionate members. As a team, we strive for the highest quality in our work and give each other feedback in a trust-based working environment. We value creativity, knowledge sharing, and team spirit.

The Job
As a Scientific Manager, you will work closely with two Biotech team members focusing on sustainable agriculture, as well as with other Biotech colleagues and in project teams across the Foundation. Your main task will be to develop and manage a project portfolio that supports NNF’s strategy within sustainable agriculture. In addition, you will support day-to-day tasks in the Biotech team and across the Foundation as well as contribute to NNF´s open competition granting programmes.

Your tasks will include:

  • Science-based evaluation and development of strategic focus areas within sustainable agriculture and interaction with relevant stakeholders with the purpose of developing impactful projects
  • Leading and managing projects from ideation to implementation in interdisciplinary project teams, as well as participation in projects across the Foundation
  • Actively engaging with grant holders and following developments of existing projects, both in terms of scientific progress and administrative tasks (e.g., reporting, financing)
  • Preparing documents and presentations for the management and board meetings
  • Regular sparring with colleagues in the Biotech team on on-going and future projects, as well as with other departments in the Foundation and Novo Holdings
  • Participation in relevant events and conferences

Professional Qualifications
We are looking for a colleague with a PhD degree within agricultural sciences or a closely related field. You have 3-5 years of relevant work experience preferably outside academia (e.g., from the public sector, start-ups, industry, organisations, consultancy) and solid project management experience. Alternatively, it will be considered a strength if you have experience from multiple academic environments and regular collaborations outside academia. Experience from international environments as well as with translation of research within agricultural sciences and technology from the lab to the field and beyond, will be considered an advantage. A systemic perspective on agri-food value chain is central for our work, and it will be a plus if you have a strong understanding of components and challenges of sustainable food production.

The official business language in the Foundation is English and many of our stakeholders are international. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a prerequisite for this job.

Personal Qualifications
We are looking for a Scientific Manager with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain good relationships. We expect that you are good at working independently and feel confident about making decisions on issues related to project management, administration, and communication.

Beyond this, we are looking for a Scientific Manager who is:

  • Professional and quality-conscious
  • Good in seeing the “bigger picture” and to identify opportunities across disciplines
  • Intellectually quick and curious
  • Interested in making a difference and creating impact
  • 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 Scientific Manager Thomas de Bang ( or Scientific Manager Anastassia Khrouchtchova ( We encourage you to upload your application as soon as possible and no later than 4 October 2022.

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