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Assistant Professors in Mathematics

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for 1-2 positions as Assistant Professors of Mathematics from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to 3 years.

In announcing the position, the Department looks to strengthen its research in mathematics including statistics/biostatistics. The Department is interested in applicants, whose research and teaching profile includes an active interest in building interdisciplinary research and education collaboration with natural sciences. We expect you to be willing and able to teach broadly within mathematics and statistics at bachelor and master level.

Department of Science and Environment is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The Department conducts basic and applied research within mathematics, medical biology, physics, molecular biology, environmental sciences, and chemistry. Bachelor and Master programs are offered within these areas. Research and education within the fields takes place in a collaborative and interdisciplinary university environment also spanning collaboration with the other departments covering social sciences and humanities where relevant. The department is organised in four Sections comprising the research and education activities.

The Assistant Professor will be affiliated with the Section of Mathematics and Physics. The group’s research areas covers mathematical modelling of human diseases, dynamical systems, highly viscous liquids, history of physics and physics education, and biomolecular systems. Currently the Section hosts four RUC centers: Glass and Time, FRUSTMI, PandemiX and Center for Mathematical Modeling – Human Health and Diseases. The Section consists of 18 professors, associate professors and assistant professors as well as a varying number of Ph.D. students, postdocs, and technical staff with a total staff number around 50.

Read more about the section at https://ruc.dk/en/research-group/mathematics-and-physics-imfufa

Responsibilities and tasks
The assistant professor’s work will include research, obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication, and research-based teaching in mathematics and statistics courses and project supervision with associated examination obligations in collaboration with other natural sciences.
In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also requires sharing of knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in public debate. The assistant professor will also to some extent take part in the department organization and administrative tasks.

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Undertake course-work teaching offered by mathematics, including statistics/bio-statistics, and participate in and supervise problem oriented student projects
  • Develop and support the section’s research fields including the field of interdisciplinary research by actively collaborating with other scientific fields within the department, for example molecular biology, medical biology, chemical biology or environmental biology
  • Contribute to the development of the research profile of the department
  • Maintain a significant record of publications
  • Collaborate with colleagues in establishing a vibrant research community
  • Participate actively in research networks and external research funding activities.
  • Teach, supervise, and assess students at BSc and MSc levels. This also implies developing the field in relation to teaching

As assistant professor, you are also expected to complete the educational training program for assistant professors at RUC (up to 220 hours). The training programme will give you pedagogical and didactic tools as well as familiarize you with the Roskilde University educational model called Problem oriented project learning (PPL).

Qualifications
Required qualifications
You must hold a Masters’ degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. degree within pure and/or applied mathematics. The applicant must have qualifications in general mathematics and documented research experience within one or more of the following areas:
  • Applied and/or fundamental mathematical research
  • General mathematics
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Fundamental Statistics (possibly within biostatistics)

At the time of appointment, successful candidates must be fluent in English for academic purposes.

Additional qualifications
Documented teaching experience within one or more of the above fields will be seen as a strong advantage as will a keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.

Documented experience with interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations will also be seen as an advantage.

The ideal candidate must be enterprising, possess good communication skills, and be a visible and involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to
  • research topic
  • scientific production at an international level
  • research prospective and the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • experience in teaching at the tertiary level
  • other academic experience e.g. from organizing research conferences or seminars
  • ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

Questions
Potential applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark (taxation, healthcare etc.) at www.lifeindenmark.borger.dk
For further information about the position, please contact Head of Section Thomas Schrøder on tel. (+45) 4674 2250 /tbs@ruc.dk or Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Susanne Sørensen on tel. (+45) 4674 2111 /susa@ruc.dk

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to the Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Susanne Sørensen.
The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.
The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Application
To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/
Only applications in English are accepted.
Applications must include:
1. Cover letter including how the applicant's profile matches the position
2. CV
3. Documentation of education
4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
5. A complete list of publications
6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment
If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)
7. A maximumn of 2 pages describing the prospective research focus in the position

Please submit your application no later than 20 June 2021
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Roskilde University’s foremost task is to engage in experimental and innovative forms of learning, research and problem-solving that contribute to progress in society. We educate skilled, interdisciplinary graduates and produce scientific results of the highest quality through transparency, engagement and knowledge-sharing.

Roskilde University has 9000 students, 880 employees and an annual turnover of DKK 740 million.

 

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