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(211-0571) Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Molecular Microbiology

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 Molecular Microbiology. The position is to be filled by 1 January 2019 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 Associate Professor will be affiliated with the Section for Functional Genomics. The section is large (7 professors and 6 associate professors) and conducts research related to basic processes of biology with a methodological emphasis on genetics. The section embraces four broadly defined research themes: Plant immunity, Archaeal Biology, Bacterial Genetics and Genome Dynamics. The present tenure-track assistant professor position was negotiated as part of a contract between the Danish National Research Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the University of Copenhagen that generated the Centre of Excellence for Bacterial Stress Response and Persistence (BASP). It is expected that the successful candidate will join the BASP Centre and, accordingly, will receive start-up support in the form of a postdoctoral fellow (3 years), a PhD-stipend, and limited running costs, as well as being allowed to have full access to the infrastructure of the Centre. The BASP Centre consists of seven research groups, four of which are located in close physical proximity at the Department of Biology, one is located at the Niels Bohr Institute, UCHP and one at the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCHP. Finally, one research group studying protein structures is located at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University. The research conducted by the Centre aims to unravel novel molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial stress responses and antibiotic tolerance and resistance.

Description of the position
The appointee is expected to establish an externally funded research programme in molecular microbiology to expand the research programmme of the BASP Centre, and to develop a network of national and international collaborations in line with the Section’s tradition of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. Duties also include teaching and supervision of students at the undergraduate/graduate levels, as well as some management tasks requested by the Department.
Qualifications/profile
Applicants should have a scientific background within molecular microbiology. Candidates working in the area of basic molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial stress survival are favoured. The preferred candidate´s research profile should complement ongoing research activities in the Section. Experience with global analyses, such as deep RNA sequencing, gene library screening, global gene expression, ribosome profiling, proteomics or similar is an advantage but not a requirement.

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 http://www2.bio.ku.dk/docs/BIO-criteria-for-positions.pdf.

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. Outreach qualifications and ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Terms of employment
The position is open from 1 January 2019 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.
The starting salary is currently up to DKK 419.771 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 71.780).
Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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 http://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ 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 http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/departments/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Professor Niels Kroer, email: nk@bio.ku.dk or to Director of BASP, Professor Kenn Gerdes, email: kgerdes@bio.ku.dk.
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 5 August 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. Selected qualified candidates will be invited to visit the Section for Functional Genomics to meet with the faculty and Head of Department, and to give a research presentation. The visits are expected to take place during week 41

Interviews/trial lecture will be held on 9 November 2018
Please refer to the following no. in future communications: 211-0571



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