Associate Professor of Cellular Stress Signaling

Updated: 26 days ago
Deadline: 23 Sep 2019

University of Copenhagen

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

The University of Copenhagen, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), invites applications for a five-year Associate Professorship. 

The Department

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine focuses on basic cellular and molecular biological processes, their regulation and their significance for cell function, interaction and organization in tissues. The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate teaching programs spanning cell biology, genetics and basic human biology, including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, as well as anatomy. The position also carries an obligation to conduct some undergraduate teaching and associated examinations. You can read more at  and

Brief project description

The healthy life of the human organism depends on the long-term fitness of its smallest basal constituents, our cells. When deregulated, the pathologic accumulation of genetic mutations and malfunctioning macromolecules alters or compromises cellular function to promote cancer or premature ageing. Conversely, normal ageing of the human organism is associated with the time-dependent decrease in cellular fitness, caused by gradual loss of genomic integrity, and accumulation of misfolded and dysfunctional macromolecules.

To protect cells from harmful environmental effects, all organisms have developed elaborate surveillance and response mechanisms to counteract such threats. The aim of the research is to understand the molecular details of these pathways, with an emphasis on MAP kinase induced cellular stress responses. Such work is expected to uncover novel insights into the all-important mechanisms of cellular maintenance and adaptation, which may ultimately be exploited therapeutically to prevent or remedy aging-related diseases.

Job description

The successful candidate will work on her/his own project in collaboration with other members of the team

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications

The successful applicant should be able to document:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

The associate professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment:

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of five years.

Start date: January 1st, 2020.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.


For further information, please contact Professor Simon Holst Bekker-Jensen, sbj@sund.ku,

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and


Applications must be written in English and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: )

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at .

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Monday, 23 September 2019.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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