Principal Laboratory Technician - In Vivo Pharmacology

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Are you an in vivo laboratory technician passionate about performing decision making pharmacology studies? Then continue reading! We are seeking a talented principal laboratory technician to be part of Novo Nordisk and participate in changing the quality of life for millions of people with cardiometabolic diseases.


The position

You will be part of an in vivo pharmacology department focused on drug discovery and project progression within cardiometabolic diseases; i.e. diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and kidney disease. We mainly work with rodents (rats and mice), but also large animals (dogs and pigs) when needed. Our department consists of a mix of skilled and experienced laboratory technicians and academics. There is a great collaborative spirit in the department and we highly value teamwork and willingness to work across teams and departments.


Responsibilities include:

  • In close collaboration with scientists: being responsible technician on in vivo studies, including documentation, protocols, electronic notebooks, planning and preparing practicalities and logistics, performing studies in the animal facility, and doing data analyses.
  • Data handling, QC and analyses of studies across the department and function.
  • Superuser on technical instrumentation, incl. setup and maintenance of equipment and methods.
  • Engage in cross-departmental assignments regarding setting up and/or improving current prosses, equipment and IT systems.
  • Help laboratory technician colleagues with their studies when needed – both within our department and in sister departments.



You are a laboratory technician with pharmacology experience from working with rodents. You have a flair for and a keen interest in data – from collection over storage to handling and QC. Additionally, you demonstrate fluency in both written and spoken English. It is an advantage if you have experience with electronic registration of animals, samples, barcoding etc. You are skilled when it comes to planning and performing in vivo studies. It is essential that you like to work in teams – the experimental work we do often require many people and we have a highly collaborative environment, where you are expected to pitch in and assist others when needed. We are passionate about what we do, and we expect you to be as well.  


About the department

Integrated Physiology Research is an area encompassing all in vivo pharmacology departments in the cardiometabolic space in the research part of Novo Nordisk. As part of Novo Nordisk’s strategy within cardiometabolic diseases, this area is focused on target identification, validation, and deep pre-clinical characterisation of novel treatment options for obesity, diabetes, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and renal disease. In close collaboration with our in vitro colleagues, we strive to identify and mature pharmaceutical approaches that will benefit patients living with serious chronic disease. We establish, validate, and use in vivo models in rodents (mice and rats) and large animals (e.g. pigs, dogs, and non-human primates) and perform pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and mode-of-action studies to characterize potential new drug candidates. The 3R values are core to our work and are the ethical guiding principles for our research and testing involving animals. Experimental work is carried out by technical staff and scientists as well as outsourced as contract research.


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.



For further information, please contact Myrte Merkestein (phone +45 30776728, or Sanne Veidal (phone +45 30798663,



15th of October, 2023


Please note that applications will be reviewed continuously, thus the advert may close prior to the indicated deadline.


Please include a short cover letter in your application. To ensure an efficient and fair recruitment process, please refrain from adding a photo in your CV.

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.