Associate Professorship in Neuroendocrinology

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Aug 2021

The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Neuroendocrinology. The position is to be filled by February 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

The Department of Biology employs about 450 academic and technical staff and hosts research programmes and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically place the field of Biology at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 15-30 universities globally. In addition to a PhD-programme, three BSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine) and four MSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, bioinformatics) engage close to 2000 students. A new Bioinformatics BSc programme, to be launched in the Fall of 2023, is under development as a cross-departmental collaboration anchored at the Department of Biology.

The department is committed to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of society. We highly value a safe, informal, trusting and collaborative working atmosphere.

Description of the position

The Associate Professor will be embedded in the Section for Cell & Neurobiology. The Section's research spans neuroendocrinology and functional genomics of invertebrate model organisms, focusing on how endocrine and paracrine signals coordinate important physiological processes in the regulation of development, behavior, metabolism, epithelial homeostasis and osmoregulation to better understand human disease or identify insect control strategies. Moreover, the section is renowned for deorphanization of G-protein-coupled receptors and the characterization of novel neuropeptide systems across different invertebrate models. The section has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Section staff currently includes 2 professors, 4 associate professors, 1 laboratory technician, and more than 9 post docs and PhD students.

The successful candidate is expected to significantly contribute to the establishment of an externally funded research programme in neuroendocrinology. Complementarity to the current research focus of the section is essential, as is an interest in establishing interdisciplinary collaboration with the other sections at the department. In addition to research, important duties include teaching and supervision of students at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD-levels. To a limited extent, the position may also include tasks requested by the Department such as research dissemination of scientific results or participation in local committees.

Qualifications/profile

Applicants should have a scientific background within neuroendocrinology. The ideal candidate uses a genetic model system and has documented experience within state-of-the art techniques such as omics technologies, gene editing and microscopy. The position requires a track-record of successful external research funding as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed ISI journals. Candidates are also required to have documented university level competencies in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching 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 isrequired. Finally, candidates are expected to have managerial and out-reach qualifications.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, scientific profile in relation to ongoing research at the section, as well as documented teaching qualifications. Ability to attract external funding will also be considered as will managerial and out-reach qualifications.

Six overall criteria apply for Associate/ Full Professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational 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: https://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/about/jobs/criteria-for-recognising-merit/ where the local criteria applied at the Department of Biology can also be found.

The Appointment Committee will prepare a short-list of applicants to be assessed by an Assessment Committee. Note that being on the short-list, is not equivalent to being assessed qualified for the position. Short-listed candidate may potentially be deemed “not qualified” by the Assessment Committee.

A sub-set of the qualified short-listed candidates will be selected for a formal interview by the Appointment Committee. Invited candidates may also be given the opportunity to visit the department to meet with the faculty and the Head of Department, and to give a research presentation.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Terms of employment

The position is open from February 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary at the Associate professor level is up to DKK 485.153 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.961). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Further information

For more information about the Department of Biology and the Section for Cell & Neurobiology, please visit our web-site https://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/ .

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Niels Kroer (nk@bio.ku.dk ) or Head of section, Professor Kim Rewitz (kim.rewitz@bio.ku.dk ).

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 leave and six weeks of annual vacation. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark at www.workindenmark.dk . Useful information is also available at The International Staff Mobility office (ISM) at the University of Copenhagen (https://ism.ku.dk ). ISM offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen.

Filing of application

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

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

Deadline for applications is 22 August 2021 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 Appointment Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held on January 7th 2022. Invited candidates may also be invited to visit the Department of Biology, to meet with the faculty and the Head of Department, and to give a research presentation.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 221-0338/21-2E.


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