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Tenure-track assistant professor in Astrophysics (211-0539)

The assistant professor position is an independent position focused on areas of interest to the DarkCosmology Centre (DARK).  
Outstanding candidates in all subfields of observational and theoretical astronomy and astrophysics will be considered. We are especially seeking applications from candidates with research interests in high energy and transient astrophysics. The Niels Bohr Institute has recently appointed Niels Bohr Professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz to significantly strengthen the institute’s activities in this area.  
Located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DARK's areas of research include, but are not limited to: observations, simulations and theory of astrophysical transients and cosmic explosions (including gravitational waves, tidal disruption events and supernovae), neutrino astrophysics, high-redshift galaxies, dark matter and dark energy, black holes and AGN, and cosmic dust.  
The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties. 
The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact. 
Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.  
The University of Copenhagen is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age.  
The position is open from 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Jan W. Thomsen ( 
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.  
The starting salary is currently up to DKK 413.717 including annual supplement and pension up to DKK 70.746).  
Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Included Benefits:   
Six-weeks paid vacation and generous social benefits, including: pension, full health cover (also for family), paid sick leave, access to paid parental leave, etc. Read more on employment conditions: 
Related URLs:  
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Niels Bohr Institute 
Dark Cosmology Centre 
The tenure-track programme 
An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors 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  
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 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 
The deadline for applications is 1 January 2018 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 7 March 2018.  
Decision on the selected candidate is expected in March 2018.  
Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0539. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Jan Westenkær Thomsen


Application deadline: 01-01-2018
Employment start: 01-09-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institute

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