Professorship of Bioinformatics
University of Copenhagen Department of Biology
Denmark

Associate/Full Professorship in Biological Data Sciences /Bioinformatics

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Associate Professor or Full Professor in Biological Data Sciences/Bioinformatics. The position is to be filled by  1st January 2021or 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.

The available position is in the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, which currently consists of thirteen research groups working in the fields of computational biology, population and statistical genetics and RNA biology. The Section has state-of-the-art computational infrastructure and laboratory facilities, and is currently responsible for teaching a 2-year Bioinformatics Master programme to students with a background in computer science or the biological disciplines. A new Bioinformatics Bachelors programme, to be launched in the Autumn of 2022, is under development as a cross-departmental collaboration anchored at the Department of Biology. The ambition is to establish one of the strongest Bioinformatics programmes in the world. The vacant position is opened as part of this initiative.

For more information about the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, please visit https://www1.bio.ku.dk/scarb/

Description of the position

The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the establishment of an externally funded research programme in biological data sciences/bioinformatics. She/he is expected to integrate with and strengthen the research environment of high-quality bioinformatics research. Complementarity with regard 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.

A very important duty is to be Head of Studies for Bioinformatics and play a leading role in the development of the new BSc study programme and reorganisation of the existing MSc programme. The appointment as Head of Studies will be for three years with likely 3-years extensions.

Obligations also include teaching and supervision of students at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD-levels. To a limited extent, the position may also include duties requested by the Department such as research dissemination of scientific results or participation in local committees.

Qualifications/profile at the Associate Professor level

Applicants should have a scientific background within computational biology/bioinformatics. The position requires a track-record of successful external research funding as well as a 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 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme is necessary, while prior experience with the development of new study programmes or courses is preferred and will be an advantage. Finally, candidates are expected to have managerial qualifications and experience in leading a competitive research group, as well as out-reach qualifications.

Qualifications/profile at the Full Professor level

Applicants should have a scientific background within computational biology/bioinformatics. A significant track-record of attracting external research funding as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed ISI journals is expected. 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 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme is necessary, while prior experience with the development of new study programmes or courses is preferred and will be an advantage. Finally, candidates are expected to have managerial qualifications and experience in leading a competitive research group, as well as 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.

For further information regarding qualification requirements, please refer to the criteria for the hiring and promotion of permanent academic staff at Department of Biology at  http://www2.bio.ku.dk/docs/BIOs%20VIP%20career%20criteria.pdf.

The Recruitment Committee will prepare a short-list of applicants at both levels 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 Scientific Evaluation Committee.

A sub-set of the qualified short-listed candidates will be selected for a formal interview by the Recruitment 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 1 January 2021 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 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK82.379). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The starting salary at the full professor level is DKK 631.596 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK108.003). 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

Please find further information on the Department at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/departments/.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Niels Kroer (nk@bio.ku.dk) and/or Head of Section, Associate Professor Jeppe Vinther (jvinther@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 position may be applied for at the Associate professor or Full Professor levels. Please note that it is possible to apply at more than one level. If applied at more than one level, separate applications must be submitted (see below).

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
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

Deadline for applications is Sunday 23 August 2020 23:59 GMT +2.

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 will be held on 20 November 2020. Invited candidates may also be invited to visit the Section for Computational and RNA 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: 211-0065/20-2K.

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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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Application deadline: 23-08-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology


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