211-0119/19-2E Associate Professor in Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry

Associate Professor of Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences invites applicants for a position as Associate Professor of Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry with emphasis on biological- and/or environmental applications, starting from 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Place of employment will be at Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.

Job description

Highly resolved analytical chemistry data is essential in non-target analysis of biological- and environmental samples. Often, these data are expected to capture information on thousands of compounds, which co-exist in concentrations spanning several orders of magnitude. These data are primarily and most efficiently procured by the use of one- and multidimensional chromatography hyphenated to mass spectrometry detectors. The main responsibility of the Associate Professor will be to strengthen the department’s research profile on one- to multidimensional liquid chromatography techniques, and on the use of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry in non-target investigation of biological- and environmental problems. The candidate will do this by developing, validating and applying novel analytical concepts and workflows for biological- and environmental applications. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to conduct, develop and consolidate the analytical chemistry teaching offered by the department.

Duties include the associate professor’s own research, development of the field of multidimensional chromatography and non-target analysis in collaboration with other research group members, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The associate professor must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department. Teaching areas to be covered include, but are not limited to, chromatography and mass spectrometry, multidimensional chromatography and arctic pollution research.

Required qualifications

The successful candidate should be able to document:

  • A PhD in analytical chemistry, chromatography and mass spectrometry, non-target analysis or equivalent.
  • Research experience and publication record within the subject areas listed in the job description, at a level equivalent to that of an assistant professor.
  • Experience with non-target data processing strategies and industry-collaboration is an advantage, but not a requirement.
  • University level, research-based teaching experience and ability to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

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. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Description of the scientific environment

The Section for Environmental Chemistry and Physics at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences covers analytical chemistry and signal processing for suspect screening and non-targeted analysis, environmental chemistry of soils and water, ecotoxicology, and agrohydrology/modelling. The section has its expertises on non-target analysis of pollutants, pollutant fate, transport and effects in terrestrial and aquatic systems as affected by chemical, physical, and microbial processes in solution and at the solid-solution interface. Within the section, this associate professor position will be part of the Analytical Chemistry research group, which comprises a professorial chair, two assistant professors, up to five postdocs, two laboratory managers and a laboratory technician, two research coordinators and seven PhD students. The research fields in the Analytical Chemistry group includes fundamental chromatography, mass spectrometry and signal processing; contaminant fingerprinting, process analytical chemistry, green chemistry, and analysis of plant-microbe interactions.

Further information about the Department and the Section can be found at https://plen.ku.dk/english/ and https://plen.ku.dk/english/research/env_chem_phys/ respectively. Inquiries about the position can be made to the head of the Department for Plant and Environmental Sciences Svend Christensen, tel. (+45) 5148 9421, svc@plen.ku.dk.

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

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.

Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 473.749 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 81.011).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans  (3 to 5 pages)
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 25 August 2019, 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/.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 8 January 2020.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0119/19-2E.



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.


Svend Christensen
E-mail: svc@plen.ku.dk


Application deadline: 25-08-2019
Employment start: 01-03-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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