22 August 2022

Join us on our mission to pave the way for curing skin diseases! We are looking for a Scientific Officer to ensure and develop operations related to philanthropic grant activities.

With the overall aim of improving the lives of people living with skin diseases, the LEO Foundation is committed to supporting skin research of the highest quality, in order to discover more about the skin, skin diseases and skin health.

We have high ambitions for our philanthropic activities and plan to increase our funding significantly in the coming years to around DKK 250 million per year by 2025.

In addition to funding the much-needed research into the skin and skin diseases, the ambition is to expand and strengthen our outreach and to use the Foundation’s independence and expertise as one of the largest private funders globally of dermatology research to support and strengthen a thriving skin ecosystem as a platform for creating global impact for people living with skin diseases. Further, we want to advance our thinking about how we create sustainable value for people and society.

In support of this significant development, we now want to expand and complement the grant giving team with a Scientific Officer.

The new Scientific Officer reports to Chief Scientific Officer Anne-Marie Engel.

We offer an opportunity to

  • be part of a purpose driven foundation committed to making a difference to people and society.
  • work alongside experienced and passionate colleagues who take pride in delivering high quality work.
  • be a part of a growing team of around 10 people characterized by an informal tone and respect for each other.
  • be part of a thriving and busy workplace where you gain in-depth knowledge of how a modern commercial foundation operates.
  • work in a setting where responsibility for tasks is given to those who have the ability and the drive to handle them professionally.
  • join a flexible workplace located in Lautrupsgade at Nordhavn in Copenhagen – with international outreach as a part of the Foundation’s grant ambition.

Your key responsibilities

As Scientific Officer you will be an important member of a small and active grants team and expected to work independently as well as contribute to the team’s collective efforts.

Your key responsibilities will be focused around ensuring operations related to applications, expert reviews and administrative processes related to and driving the development and operations of grants in progress.

You will be involved in developing new grant types and other initiatives designed to help fulfill the Foundation’s ambition to improve the lives of people living with skin diseases:

  • Support development and maintenance of our grant giving system LEOnora, including development of relevant guidance for users as well as new features of the system, which spans submission of applications, expert review processes and procedures, and post-grant administration including financial reporting and change requests.
  • Support the management of existing grant initiatives.
  • Participate in the development of new grant instruments and initiatives, including systems and processes.
  • Support and co-develop the Foundation’s work on impact assessment.
  • Collect and consolidate data compiled from the Foundation’s two progress reporting systems, ResearchFish and FoundGood and use it for reports and presentation material to demonstrate progress made by LEO Foundation grant holders and demonstrable impact towards the fulfillment of the Foundation’s ambitions to improve the lives of people with skin diseases.
  • Collect and present data on applications, reviews, and grants in overview reports to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Perform pre-assessment administrative checks of submitted applications to assess their eligibility prior to expert reviews.
  • Serve as main point of contact for applicants, grant holders and expert reviewers involved in assessing applications for the Foundation.
  • Represent the LEO Foundation in relevant peer networks.

Further to this you are expected to attend relevant conferences, meetings, and networking opportunities in Denmark and internationally.

Your background and qualifications


  • Education MSc or higher.

Professional qualifications

  • Familiar with working within research, including knowledge of Danish university and/or university hospital research culture and processes.
  • Experience within writing and/or administering research applications and grants.
  • Excellent IT-skills, including experience from working with databases.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience with managing complex stakeholder-relations.
  • Full professional proficiency in English, written and spoken.

Personal qualifications

  • Team player with the ability to also work and develop solutions independently.
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to build good relationships.
  • Able to make decisions on issues relating to administration, grant activities, and communication.
  • Effective communicator both internally and with our many external relations.
  • Attentive to detail and quality in the daily work.
  • Represent and uphold our values of integrity, dedication, and ambition.

About the LEO Foundation
The LEO Foundation is one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations and an engaged majority owner of the pharmaceutical company LEO Pharma. Established in 1984, the Foundation’s main objective is to ensure the company’s long-term development and success.

Besides the ownership, the Foundation provides philanthropic grants with the aim to support the best international research in skin diseases and make Denmark a global beacon for skin research.

In addition, the Foundation owns financial assets of around DKK 17 billion. The main
objectives of the investments are to ensure continued capability to support LEO Pharma’s long-term development and provide funds for philanthropic activities.

Read more about the LEO Foundation here.

Partner in Genitor Martin Isenbecker assists the LEO Foundation throughout the
recruitment process. For further information and questions about the position please
contact Martin Isenbecker by e-mail mi@genitor.dk or phone 2565 9231

The deadline for application is 2 October 2022. You apply through Genitor’s website:

1st round of interviews will take place on 10 October 2022. And 2nd round of
interviews will take place on 24 October 2022. Testing of 2-3 final candidates will
take place between the two interview rounds.