Associate Professor on the promotion programme or Full Professor within Health Informatics

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Nov 2022

Associate Professor on the promotion programme or Full Professor within Health Informatics
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU) is seeking candidates for an associate professor with promotion track (to full professor) or full professor in Health Informatics.

The researcher will join a rapidly growing department, with strong research sections in the areas of Algorithms and Complexity, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Human-Centered Computing, Software Engineering and Data Management, Programming Languages, and Image Analysis. The department is heading 2 centers within Artificial Intelligence: the SCIENCE AI Center ( ) and the Pioneer Center within Artificial Intelligence ( ).

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked number 2 in the European Union according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021.

The Department of Computer Science offers a friendly and thriving international research and working environment with opportunities to build up internationally competitive research groups. There are good opportunities available to apply for research funding in order to establish oneself in Denmark. The Department of Computer Science has an experienced research support unit that offers mentoring and assistance when applying for funding. Further information on start packages and recruitment grants offered by Danish private and public foundations is available at .

Copenhagen is one of the 10 most livable cities in the world with a rich culture within music, theater and associations ( ). Life for families is made easy by a publicly supported daycare and health care system, dual career opportunities, maternity/parental leave and six weeks of annual vacation. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark at . Useful information is also available at The International Staff Mobility office (ISM) at the University of Copenhagen ( ). ISM offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen.

Description of the position
We are looking for an experienced researcher with an innovative mindset and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile in Health Informatics as part of the Software, Data, People & Society section (SDPS). The SDPS Section’s research span from research in software and data management technologies to computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), information systems and participatory methods for development of software systems, which are suited for the people developing and using the software systems thereby creating value for society – often in an interdisciplinary setting and in collaboration with public and private stakeholders.

Collaboration with the remaining sections at DIKU (Human-Centred Computing, Image, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Programming Language and Theory of Computing, and Algorithms and Complexity) as well as the remainder of University of Copenhagen including the Faculty of Health is an obvious opportunity.

The candidate is expected to make a significant contribution to leadership in Health Informatics within the Department of Computer Science. The candidate must ensure that health informatics research, teaching, and outreach activities are thriving, and act as a mentor to young researchers. The candidate will be expected to secure competitive external funding and build an internationally recognized research group.

Outstanding applicants in all areas of health informatics will be considered, but research areas of special interest include:

  • Patient-centered digital health
  • Clinical decision support
  • Hospital and clinical information systems
  • IT-infrastructures for health care
  • Interoperability, standards and terminologies
  • Analysis, design and implementation processes
  • Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at:
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Associate Professor on the promotion programe: .

About the promotion programme as Associate Professor
The University of Copenhagen offers particularly talented associate professors employment with the possibility to enter into a promotion programme that can lead to employment as a professor. To be employed as an associate professor on the promotion programme, the candidate must both qualify to work as an associate professor now and demonstrate the potential to transition into a position as a professor at the end of the programme. Both will be assessed based on the UCHP criteria for merit.

An associate professor is usually on the promotion programme for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 8 years. During the programme, there will be annual interviews with the head of department to assess if the associate professor is “on track”. The programme ends with a final assessment before transitioning to professorship.

Learn more about the UCPH promotion programme here .

Further information
For more information about the Department of Computer Science, please visit our website

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Jakob Grue Simonsen ( ).

The position os open from 1 June 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Note that Denmark protects the economic, social, and physical well-being of its workers, which includes robust health care, child care, elder care, and other generous benefits. Furthermore, unlike some north American universities, University of Copenhagen appointments are 12 months in duration and thus require no need for faculty to procure summer funding.

Application instructions
The position may be applied for at the Associate Professor on the promotion programme level or at the Full Professor level. Please observe that it is possible to apply to be considered at both levels, but then two separate (though possibly identical) applications must be submitted.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

If you are applying for the position as Associate Professor on the promotion programme, please include:

If you are applying for the position as Full Professor, please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 6 November 2022, 23:59 GMT +1. After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at .

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 13 April 2023.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case:
Associate Professor on the promotion programme within Health Informatics: 211-0454/22-2E
Full Professor within Health Informatics: 211-0185/22-2K

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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