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152001 Associate Professor of Pediatrics (10 %, fixed-term 4 years)

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Translational Pediatrics

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint one or more associate professors in 10 % positions at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at:

Our research

We offer a highly international, diverse and interdisciplinary environment in the Section of Comparative Pediatrics and Nutrition. We perform research and teaching related to development, disease and nutrition in human infants and children. Our work extends from intervention and cohort studies of infants at hospitals, over animal model studies in piglets, to in vitro studies on cells and tissues (mechanisms and –omics technologies). The wide range of methodologies requires interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork among group members with widely different academic backgrounds (from basic biology to veterinary and human medicine).

Job description

The current positions focus on developing research and academic teaching related to the neonatal and postnatal/growth periods. There is focus on understanding the nutritional, metabolic and immunological aspects of diseases in the above critical life periods, including effects of preterm birth. In addition, there is focus on the gastrointestinal tract, liver and brain among developing organs. The projects will require active participation in clinical trials and cohort studies at Danish hospitals and developing translational piglet models for relevant neonatal and pediatric diseases. Both positions will include some academic teaching and scientific supervision of medical/other students related to these topics.

In considering applications for the associate professorships, the main emphasis will be on the applicants’ abilities to document a high level of original scientific work on an international level within the area of Comparative Pediatrics and Nutrition, as described above.

The Associate Professors’ responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Oversee and guide research projects (especially clinical trials) initiated by University of Copenhagen
  • Supervise students and researchers (incl. PhD students) in their research work
  • Facilitate the interaction in work, ideas and personnel between basic research and clinical research at University of Copenhagen and at hospitals (especially Region H)
  • Help develop clinically-relevant research (animal) models of clinical diseases in infants and children
  • Initiate and support ongoing academic teaching in the area at University of Copenhagen
  • Initiate and support research grant applications based on the university position
  • Publication and academic dissemination
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments
Required qualifications
Six overall criteria apply for associate 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 the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criteria here:

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to document:

  • Experience with clinical research from hospitals, or other institutions, within the areas above
  • Experience with translational animal models of diseases in infancy or childhood
  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching
  • A clear scientific publication record at an international level equivalent to Associate Professor
  • Experience with writing and obtaining research grants
The associate professor(s) are also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information, please contact Head of Section, Professor Per Torp Sangild,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3-5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:
Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday, 20 September 2020.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held in the month of November 2020.

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