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211-0081/20-2K Professor of Biochemical Engineering of Plant Specialized Metabolism

Professor of Biochemical Engineering of Plant Specialized Metabolism
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences invites applications from qualified applicants for a position as Professor of Biochemical Engineering of Plant Specialized Metabolism from 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

The position will be embedded in the Section of Plant Biochemistry. Section for Plant Biochemistry carry out basic research across the spectrum of plant biochemistry – from the single molecule level to the field – and translate the findings into biotechnology-based solutions. The section consists of eight research groups that conduct research at a high international level within plant biochemistry and has an embedded state-of-the-art metabolomics platform. The Section of Plant Biochemistry vision is to be a world-leading and highly attractive research environment for scientists, students and industrial partners. It has long-established expertise in the chemical analysis, physiology, ecology, and biochemical pathway characterization of different groups of plant specialized metabolites. The section is described here:

The appointed Professor is expected to have a substantial publication record that includes corresponding-author articles on top-level research journals that contributes in shaping the corresponding field of research. In addition to establishing his/her own independent research, it is expected that strong synergies with other research groups in the Section and Department for the development of methods and tools is established. The appointed Professor has an articulated vision and strategy to develop the research area and to establish interdisciplinary collaborations. Experience in participation and organization in national and international scientific networks and conferences, including invitations to present research, is expected. The appointed Professor should have a documented ability to obtain independent and prestigious research grants, and to prove excellence and international leadership in an academic research environment.

The research activities are expected to cover, but not limited to, the following areas in Biochemical Engineering:

• Metabolic engineering of microorganisms suitable for functional expression of plant specialized biosynthetic pathways.
• Application of protein and metabolic engineering to produce plant specialized metabolites that are new-to-nature.
• Development of in vivo mutagenesis-based continuous directed evolution methods for the optimization of biosynthetic pathways.
• Development of whole-cell biosensors for the determination of plant specialized metabolites.
• Identification of and protein engineering of enzymes involved in plant specialized metabolism.

Applicants are required to have extensive university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies, 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 program for assistant professors is required.

The position is expected to strengthen current research based teaching activities in subjects related to synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, biochemistry, enzymology, protein engineering, and fermentation. The successful applicant is expected to be able to teach in Danish at the bachelors’ level within 3 years.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of bachelor, master and PhD student’s research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, act as opponent of PhD theses and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department, such as participation in departmental formal forums and assessment committees

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered. The applicant’s ability to establish and manage strategic collaborations with academic as well private and or public sectors will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational 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.
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Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Svend Christensen +4551489421, or Head of Section, Søren Bak +4561146672,

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 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.

Commencing salary is currently DKK 631.596 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 108.003)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

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

The deadline for applications is 29 November 2020, 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

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 22 April 2021.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0081/20-2K.

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