Tenure Track Assistant professor in Machine Learning University of Copenhagen, Department of Computer Science Denmark

Tenure-track assistant Professorships in Machine Learning 

Department of Computer Science 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 


The Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen, Denmark is seeking candidates for 1-2 tenure-track assistant professorships in Machine Learning.


Preferred candidates should have a 

  • PhD in Computer Science or equivalent 

  • strong background in machine learning documented by publications in top-tier venues such as NIPS, ICML, KDD and COLT 

The assistant professors will join the Machine Learning section. The section's research is concerned with the theoretical foundations and applications of machine learning, image analysis, natural language processing and information retrieval. 


The tenure track assistant professors' duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within machine learning. To a limited extent, the positions may also include other duties. 


The tenure track assistant professors 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 positions are open from 1 May 2019 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 Christian Igel (igel@di.ku.dk) and Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (madsn@di.ku.dk). 


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 positions are 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 424.526,37 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.594,01).  


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 inhigh-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period 

  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications 

  • A 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 https://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 1 January 2019, 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.  


Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 20 March 2019 


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0003/18-2N. 

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