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211-0563 Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Social Behaviour

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Vertebrate Social Behaviour. The position is to be filled by 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.
The Department of Biology is among the largest Departments of the University of Copenhagen. It employs about 475 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/biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 30 universities internationally. 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.

The new position will be embedded in the Section for Ecology & Evolution. The Section’s research addresses fundamental questions about the organizational principles and functional history of life and covers population and community ecology, evolutionary biology and animal behavior, including the interfaces between these fields. Research projects are primarily inspired by fundamental theoretical concepts and have a sound basis in organismal natural history without a-priori preference for specific habitats or ecosystems.

The Section has state-of-the-art facilities, including DNA-laboratories, a sound analysis laboratory, temperature controlled rearing rooms, aquaria rooms, an animal stable and outdoor aviaries. The section has also access to the 160 ha Strødam Reserve about 40 km north of the University campus, consisting of a mixed deciduous forest closed to the public. Section staff currently includes four full professors, five Associate Professors, five technicians, and more than 10 post docs and PhD students that enjoy an informal, trusting and collaborative working atmosphere. The Section is supported by substantial external funding.

Description of the position
The appointee is expected to establish an externally funded research programme in vertebrate social behaviour, and to develop a network of national and international collaborations in line with the Section’s tradition of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. She/he is expected to work with basic aspects of vertebrate social behavior, combine field work and experimental approaches, and have interdisciplinary interests that could lead to collaboration with the section’s complementary research programmes in ecology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, genomics and/or microbial symbioses. Duties also include teaching and supervision of students at the undergraduate/graduate levels, as well as some management tasks requested by the Department.

Applicants should have a scientific background within behavioral ecology or ethology. 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. Documented university level experience in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching will be an advantage. If not already holding formal pedagogical qualifications, candidates are required to obtain pedagogical training equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for Assistant Professors.

For further information regarding qualification requirements, please refer to the criteria for the hiring and promotion of permanent academic staff at Department of Biology at

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. Out-reach qualifications and ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Terms of employment
The position is open from 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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 for tenure tracks is currently DKK 413.717 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70.746). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

The 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.

Criteria for promotion
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 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
Further information
Please find further information on the Department at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Niels Kroer, email: or Head of Section, Professor Torben Dabelsteen

Filing of application
The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. Please include the following documentation:

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

Deadline for applications is 25.04.2018 2018, 23:59 GMT +2.
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
Selected qualified candidates will be invited to visit the Section for Ecology & Evolution to meet with the faculty and Head of Department, and to give a research presentation. The visits are expected to take place in week 32.

Interviews/trial lecture will be held on 27.08.2018.

Please refer to the following no. in future communications: 211-0563.

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