152469 Three positions as Assistant or Associate Professor in Department of Neuroscience (Fixed-term 5 years)

Three 5-year positions as Assistant or Associate Professor

in Department of Neuroscience

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,

University of Copenhagen



The Department of Neuroscience at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences invites applications for three 5-year positions as Assistant or Associate Professor. These positions are partly funded by a grant from the Lundbeck Foundation to support a new Master’s program in Neuroscience. The positions are to be filled by January 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.



Department of Neuroscience

Department of Neuroscience employs academic and technical staff divided amongst 22 active research groups within the fields of cellular and molecular neuroscience, integrative neuroscience, motor control, neuropharmacology, cerebral fluids biology, autonomic systems, circadian rhythms, and brain development. The department performs basic and translational research with the goal to advance our understanding of brain functions as well as brain diseases and their diagnosis and treatment. The department hosts a PhD program in neuroscience and offers courses targeted to both pre- and postgraduate students in medicine (more than 500 students/year) and odontology, as well as in the programs of human biology, human physiology, molecular biomedicine, and biomedical engineering. Information on the Department can be found at: https://in.ku.dk/.



New Master’s program in Neuroscience

The Assistant/Associate Professor positions have been opened because the department will be responsible for a new two-year Master’s degree program in Neuroscience that commences September 2020 (https://studies.ku.dk/masters/neuroscience/programme-structure/) . The program will gather 30 highly qualified, talented and committed international students with a bachelor degree in biomedicine, biochemistry, biology, pharmacy or related disciplines. During the first year, the students will complete a number of compulsory and elective courses giving them a thorough introduction into key areas of neuroscience such as neuronal cell biology, synaptic transmission, circuits and higher brain functions, brain diseases, and experimental designs and methods in neuroscience. In the second year, the students will carry out their thesis work in a subject according to their own preferences within the field of neuroscience. The courses will be taught by internationally acclaimed researchers and leading medical specialists mainly from the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospitals, other Danish Universities, and the pharmaceutical industry. All courses will be taught in English.



Areas of research and teaching

We are seeking highly qualified candidates who will complement the current teaching and research expertise in our department within the three topics listed below. Although their research may be focused on a particular field, we expect that successful candidates already have or will be willing to acquire the competence to teach a broad range of disciplines not only around their own field of interest, but also related to neuroscience in general.



Learning and memory. This can include work on different experimental model systems from animals to humans with the goal of uncovering neurobiological mechanisms that underlie memory formation and retrieval. Examples include mechanisms involved in short- and long-term memory, working memory, and diseases and conditions that interfere with these processes. The work can span from molecular to behavioral approaches.



Emotions and affection. This may include research within the areas of mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders of thoughts and volition and expertise in experimental models related to these conditions. The research can be directed towards adaptative/maladaptive mechanisms at the level of synapses and circuits and may also include experimental and translational studies of pharmacological treatment of these disorders.



Sensory systems and perception. This may include research on visual, auditive, olfactory or somatosensory functions (mechanoreception and nociception). The methodological focus can be on cellular mechanisms of perception as well as on the central processing and involved circuits.



Job description

The appointees are expected to take a leading role in developing one of the respective research areas described above in the department and partake in teaching obligations related to these research areas.

The positions will strengthen teaching in our new Master’s program in Neuroscience and will involve not only theoretical and practical teaching but also course planning and further development of alternative teaching modalities such as e-learning. It is important that the candidate(s) will develop teaching also outside own research interests for the new master program in Neuroscience at the University

For example, teaching for medical and odontology students might also be part of the duties.



The Assistant and Associate Professors’ responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments


Required qualifications

Six overall criteria apply for assistant and 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: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.



Furthermore, each applicant for an assistant professorship must be able to document:

  • A PhD degree or equivalent.
  • A strong research background achievable in a position as postdoc or equivalent in one of the respective research areas described above.
  • A significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals.
  • A track-record of successful external research funding
  • Documented university level competencies in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate research-based teaching
  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.


Furthermore, each applicant for an associate professorship must be able to document:

  • A PhD degree or equivalent.
  • A strong independent research background achievable in a position as Assistant Professor or equivalent in one of the respective research areas described above.
  • A significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals.
  • A significant track-record of successful external research funding
  • Documented university level competencies in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate research-based teaching
  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.




We also expect that successful candidate(s) are able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. The candidate is specifically invited to describe how her/his background and teaching experience relates to the new Master’s program in Neuroscience and to present plans for further development of the program.



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.



Questions
For further information, please contact Head of Department Ulrik Gether, gether@sund.ku.dk https://sund.ku.dk/.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: https://www.ism.ku.dk/ (International Staff Mobility).



Application
The application must be submitted in English and it must be specified whether it is directed at the Assistant or the Associate professor level, or at both levels. The application must contain following documents:

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including
    • Education
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions in or outside Denmark
    • List of commissions of trust and other academic/administrative duties.
    • Grants received, personal or as co-PI (must be clearly indicated), including career development grants
    • Research supervision
    • A description of international network, relations and activities
    • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities engaging the general public


  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Full list of publications and info about total number of publications (peer reviewed/non-peer reviewed), H factor and number of citations (Google Citation or Web of Science)
  • Research plan (max 3 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan, including a detailed description how to contribute and develop the New Master Program in Neuroscience
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/)


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 posts. 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 https://jobportal.ku.dk/.



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, 8 October 2020.








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