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The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor in Evolutionary Organismal Biology. The position is to be filled by 1 July 2021 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 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 position is aimed at developing and expanding the department’s expertise in organismal biology in a direction that will bridge evolutionary theory and concepts with organismal biology, ecology, ethology and whole organism physiology.

The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the establishment of an externally funded research programme in evolutionary organismal biology. Another important task will be to bring in innovative research to imprint new course curricula, and integrate evolutionary biology in existing courses at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD-levels. To a limited extent, the position may also include duties requested by the Department such as dissemination of scientific research or participation in local committees.

The position is broadly described and not a priori designated one specific research section at the department. Rather, the selected candidate will be integrated into the most relevant section (Ecology & Evolution, Terrestrial Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Microbiology, Marine Biology) depending on the profile and wishes of the candidate. The candidate, however, is expected to explore interdisciplinary collaborations with all research groups at the department where such interactions will have clear synergistic benefits.

Qualifications/profile
We welcome candidates studying any group of organisms. The ideal candidate will have ample experience in the application of molecular methods and an empirical research programme that bridges to evolutionary theory. It is expected that candidates have shown ability to, or have the potential, to establish a fundamental hypothesis-driven research programme in a key area of evolutionary organismal biology.


Needed qualifications at the Tenure-track Assistant Professor level: The position requires an increasing publication trajectory in high-level, international, peer-reviewed ISI journals as well as some personal research grants or a designated (by name) part of major grants. Research plans and publication record should delineate a clear potential for attracting external funding.  An active network of international collaborations will be considered an important asset. The tenure-track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have high potential to make a future scientific impact at the international level. Documented university level experience in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is not mandatory but will be an advantage. If not already holding formal pedagogical qualifications, candidates are required to obtain pedagogical training equivalent to the University of Copenhagen Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme for Assistant Professors.

Needed qualifications at the Associate Professor level:The position requires a track-record of successful external research funding as well as a strong 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 is expected. Finally, candidates are expected to have managerial and out-reach qualifications.

Needed qualifications at the Full Professor level: Applicants are expected to have a significant track-record of attracting 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 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme is necessary. 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.


Six overall criteria apply for Tenure-track Assistant / 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 Recruitment Committee will prepare a short-list of applicants at all 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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 at the Tenure-track Assistant professor level is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871).

The starting salary at the Associate professor level is up to DKK 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.379).

The starting salary at the Full professor level is DKK 631.596 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 108.003).

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

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Information on tenure-track programme
An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professor 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.

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 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

If the criteria are met, the tenure-track assistant professor will be promoted to Associate professor.

Further information
For more information about the Department of Biology, 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 Deputy Head of Department for Teaching, Professor Ole Pedersen (opedersen@bio.ku.dk). Also, inquiries may be made to the Heads of the relevant sections.

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 Tenure-track assistant professor level, at Associate professor level or at 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.

If you are applying for the positions at Tenure Track assistant professor level please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • 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.
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • 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:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

If you are applying for the positions at Associate Professor or Full Professor level 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 17 January 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 Interview Committee.

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

Interviews will be held on Friday 28 April 2021 and Monday 3 May 2021. 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:
Tenure Track Assistant in Evolutionary Organismal Biology 211-0079/20-2N
Associate Professor in Evolutionary Organismal Biology 211-0292/20-2E
Full Professor in Evolutionary Organismal Biology 211-0090/20-2K

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