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(211-0568) TT Assistant Professor in Molecular Microbiel Ecology

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Microbial Ecology 
Department of Biology 
Faculty of Science 
University of Copenhagen 
 
 
The Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Microbial Ecology. The position is to be filled by 1 November 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 within the Section for Microbiology. The section conducts research on microbial community interactions under the four headlines: Sociomicrobiology,  Microbiomes, Multispecies biofilms, and Soil biodiversity and function. The overall aim is to understand and exploit the immense adaptive potential of complex natural microbial communities. The section has well-equipped state-of-the-art laboratory facilities such as a LightCycler Real-Time PCR System, a MiSeq high throughput sequencer, a BD Aria III FACS cell sorter and a Confocal Zeiss LSM 800 with Airyscan microscope. Currently, a staff of about 30 (faculty, technicians, post docs and PhD’s) enjoy an informal, trusting and collaborative working atmosphere. 
 
Description of the position 
The Tenure-Track Assistant Professor is expected to develop an externally funded research programme in molecular microbial ecology. She/he is expected to use approached such as in vitro model systems, single cell analysis and/or metagenomics to understand the activity, adaptations, and/or interactions of complex bacterial communities. Duties will 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 microbial ecology. 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. Research plans and publication record should delineate clear potential for attracting external funding and the development of a research group integrated in, and complimenting, the current research of the Section.  An active network of international collaborations will be considered an important asset. The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have high potential to make a future scientific impact at the international level. Documented university level experience in delivering  undergraduate/graduate teaching will be considered 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 during the tenure track period.  
 
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. Out-reach qualifications and ability to attract external funding will also be considered. 
 
Terms of employment 
The position is open from 1 November 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 
 
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 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 https://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 https://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 Head of Section, Professor Søren Sørensen (sjs@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 3 June 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. Selected qualified candidates will be offered the possibility to visit the Section for Microbiology to meet with the faculty and the Head of Department, and to give a research presentation. The visits are expected to take place during weeks 34-35 
 
Interviews/trial lecture will be held on 3 October 2018. 
Please refer to the following no. in future communications: 211-0568 
 
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Application deadline: 03-06-2018
Employment start: 01-11-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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