Novo Nordisk Fonden

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.

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 80 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.


The Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants based on three established values or cornerstones:


We want to contribute significantly to research, education, treatment, innovation and humanitarian and social purposes. We strive to provide optimal benefit to society and are prepared to follow both traditional and new paths to achieve this. In a changing world, we are prepared to challenge and be challenged. In our activities, we strive to contribute significantly to research and development that improve the health and welfare of people, and we believe that knowledge and research benefit the development of society.


Regardless of which projects and causes we support, the underlying principle for all our activities is that we must act professionally and optimize quality. This means that we are also prepared to take risks and support the most promising projects to create the basis for breakthroughs. In awarding our grants, we consult experts to ensure that the research we support is of high international quality and aims at eliciting new and profound knowledge and innovation.


We respect other people’s ideas and understand that producing landmark results that benefit society takes time. We are prepared to listen to other people’s views and advice and are also prepared to use the time needed to explain the reasons for our priorities and decisions. We respect the freedom of research and publication, and we attach no conditions to our grants and do not claim rights to the results. In awarding our grants, we have confidence in the researchers and in their ambition to make the results of their research benefit as many people as possible.