Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Algorithms and Optimisation University of Copenhagen, Department of Computer Science Faculty of Science Denmark

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Algorithms and Optimisation (211-0496)


Tenure-track assistant Professor in Algorithms and Optimisation
Department of Computer Science Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen


The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) is expanding its research and educational activities and hereby invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Algorithms and Optimisation. The tenure-track assistant professor will join the department’s Algorithms and Programming Languages Section (http://www.diku.dk/english/research/apl-group/). The section’s research is concerned with a wide range of areas related to algorithms, programming languages and systems. In the area of algorithms, our research covers discrete optimization algorithms and theoretical aspects of algorithms and data structures.


The candidate must have a strong background in at least one of the following two sub-fields:

  • Applications of discrete (optimization) algorithms and data structures to problems in for example bioinformatics, network design, logistics. Candidates with publications at top bioinformatics, operations research conferences and journals will be preferred.
  • Theoretical aspects of algorithms and data structures. Candidates with publications at top algorithms/theory conferences such as STOC, FOCS, SODA, ICALP will be preferred.


The tenure-track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within algorithms and optimisation. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties.


The tenure-track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.


Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.


The position is open from 1 November 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 


Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section, Professor Pawel Winter (pawel@di.ku.dk, cell phone +45 2380 7799), Professor Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk, cell phone +45 2117 9123) and Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (mads@diku.dk, cell phone: +45 2460 0599).


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 Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.


The starting salary is currently up to DKK 413,717 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70,746). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


The tenure-track programme

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.


Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.


Criteria for promotion

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period
  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications
  • A significant track record of successful external research funding
  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group
  • Completed http://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses
  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students


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


Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
    • Please describe and document international network and relations
    • Please describe and document internationally based activities
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
    • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document:Complete publication list
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers


The deadline for applications is 30 May 2017, 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.


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


Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 27 September 2017.


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0496.

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