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211-0279/20- 2E Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology

Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology
The Natural History Museum of Denmark
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen


The Natural History Museum of Denmark, part of the Faculty of Science at Copenhagen University is looking for an Associate Professor and Curator in Vertebrate Zoology to start 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the job
The Natural History Museum of Denmark is seeking excellent candidates for a position as Associate Professor and Curator in Vertebrate Zoology. The museum already has research expertise in birds and fishes. As Curator in Vertebrate Zoology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, you will be part of a dynamic team working on one of the largest museum projects in Scandinavia in the past fifty years.

The job is dedicated to collection-based interdisciplinary research in taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny, evolution, bio-/phylogeography, or other relevant fields and other museum duties, such as scientific curation and working on the new permanent galleries for visitors. The curatorial work will focus on specimens in the vertebrate collections. This includes digitising the collections and making them available as an open resource for researchers, educators and other stakeholders; providing access to collections for national and international users; increasing the collections through active fieldwork, donations, acquisitions, etc. Other responsibilities include research-based teaching, supervising students, public engagement, exhibition and interpretation work, and serving as main liaison with relevant Danish amateur communities and citizen scientists within the field of vertebrate Zoology.

Applicants are expected to have knowledge of both classic and modern taxonomy/systematics including modern phylogenetics (molecular systematics and genomics). Applicants with a track record of research in fields where classical and modern methods interact are preferred. The Associate Professor should have an academic record demonstrating high profile internationally competitive research and is expected to have a broad interest in Zoology, museums, collections and engaging with the public.

Applicants are required to have 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 programme for assistant professors is required.

Assessment of applicants will be based on the applicant’s qualifications in research, curation, teaching, public engagement, and ability to attract external funding,

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 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://snm.ku.dk/ledige-stillinger/Criteria_for_recognising_merit_Associate_professors_SNM.pdf

Please note that this job vacancy for an Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology is also being advertised at the assistant professor tenure-track level. Only one of the two advertised positions will be filled.

About Us
Natural history museums have never been more important. The impact of climate change and anthropogenic forces on plant and animal life has reached a critical point. We need action to build a more sustainable relationship with nature. The Natural History Museum of Denmark is the national museum for nature. We work to empower citizens to connect with nature with the aim to create positive change for life on Earth. We want to inspire, engage and enable people to enjoy, understand, and care for the diversity of the natural world.

We are currently building a new Danish national museum for nature. One big museum site in the Botanical Garden at the centre of Copenhagen will host state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding research collections, new public galleries, and combined facilities for programming, education, and citizen science. Over the next few years, the museum aims to change the way people think about and use natural history museums.

The Zoological collections of the Natural History Museum of Denmark reach back in time more than 200 years. They are therefore rich in type specimens, of which many are old and frequently requested by the international research community. The collections are continually developed and expanded with specimens from all over the world.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in all aspects of museum activities.

Terms of salary and 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 is currently up to DKK 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.379). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

How to apply
The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • Please describe and document international network and relations
    • Please describe and document international activities
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
    • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
    • Curatorial experiences (curation of collections)
    • Public engagement activities, i.e. citizen science projects, exhibitions, popular lectures or other relevant activities
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research
  • Curatorial plan – describe your future plans for the collections curated
  • A brief vision for the relevant zoological area at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and a statement on the applicant’s motivation for working here
  • Description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications. Please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers
The deadline for applications is 1 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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/trial lectures will be held on 19 April 2021.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0279/20-2E.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disabled status. We are actively promoting a strategy to improve the gender balance among scientific staff.

Copenhagen is a highly diverse and international Scandinavian capital with a green profile. Education is free and child care is subsidized. Public transport is well developed and most Copenhageners take their bikes to work. There are lots of green areas in and around Copenhagen, the water in the harbour is clean enough for swimming, and the city has multiple museums and other cultural venues. The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the largest in Denmark. The collections at the Natural History Museum of Denmark date back more than 400 years.

The successful candidate is expected to take Danish lessons if there is no prior knowledge of the Danish language. The International Office at the University of Copenhagen can help.

Information and further questions
Read more about The Natural History Museum of Denmark at www.snm.ku.dk/english/ and about the Zoological collections at https://samlinger.snm.ku.dk/en/dry-and-wet-collections/zoology/ Any questions about the position may be directed to Professor Nikolaj Scharff, Head of Research and Collections (nscharff@snm.ku.dk), phone number +45 35 32 11 07


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