158044 Professor of Oral Microbiology
Department of Odontology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen seeks to appoint a professor to the Department of Odontology to commence as soon as possible. The position is permanent and primarily a full-time position.
About the department
We aim to promote health in the population by optimizing diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of diseases in the oral and craniofacial areas. Our purpose includes research-based and -integrating teaching to ensure that basic, translational, and clinical research reaches clinical practice.
We have a strong focus on interdisciplinary research across our three research sections and collaborate with national and international research institutions, regional hospitals, municipalities, private practice, and businesses in the medical field. Interdisciplinary collaborations support our aim to solve complex challenges regarding interactions between oral and medical diseases. The main body of staff at the Department of Odontology is financed by public funding.
Find more about the Department of Odontology: https://odontology.ku.dk/.
Find more about the strategy and key figures of the department: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/about/strategic-goals/strategi/strategikort/oi/.
Job description – what to be expected by a professor
As a professor at the Department of Odontology your main emphasis will be on performing original and innovative scientific work at an international level and contribute with high quality researched-based and -integrating teaching to our pre-graduate curriculum. Other tasks include academic assessments and examination of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students.
There is increasing focus on the symbiotic interaction between oral biofilms and the host as crucial for maintaining both oral and general systemic health. As Professor of Oral Microbiology, you will be part of front line research activities disentangling the complex relationship between oral and systemic health. Furthermore, you are expected to run research projects focusing on the resilience of the oral microbiome. Translational aspects of the research activities is expected to have a strong priority.
In 2 to 5 years, you will be responsible for teaching Oral Microbiology and be the driving force in developing the teaching including planning, implementation and examination of dental students. Teaching and examination in Oral Microbiology covers basic microbiology, general infectious diseases, infection control, antimicrobial agents including antibiotics and oral microbiology. An essential part of being responsible for the teaching in Oral Microbiology is entailing the broad collaboration specifically with the clinical disciplines and bridging across the study programme in dental surgery.
The assessment will be made according to the University of Copenhagen’s six ordinary criteria for recognising merit. Find information about each criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.
- Societal impact
- Organisational contribution
- External funding
At the interview, the appointment committee will put emphasis on these 7 roles as a professor:
- You are a (medical) expert in the field of Oral Microbiology, who performs original and innovative research at a high international level that has an interdisciplinary impact for the benefit of students, patients, and the society. Your excellence/excellency will contribute to attracting external funding of direct and indirect research costs.
- You are an excellent communicator who publishes in international peer-reviewed journals, shares your research and knowledge with national and international colleagues and actively contributes to the public debate by sharing your knowledge with the society.
- You are a valuable collaborator, who has great collaborative skills with an interest in promoting long-lasting partnerships with other national and international researchers, the medical hospitals, medical industry, and private and public stakeholders.
- You are a leader who possesses the skills to manage your research and teaching area with an emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and trusting relationships between you, colleagues, and students. As a supervisor of PhD students, pre-graduate research scholars, and students, you are committed, supportive, and a role model for upcoming generations to secure the future of the research area. Management tasks include course leadership.
- You are a health advocate and health promotor in your research and teaching with an insight into what is needed in the society to improve public and global health.
- As a part of our academic staff, you will contribute to life-long learning in our interdisciplinary environment and to our ongoing development of the Department with your expertise and competencies, and thus contribute to a positive working and educational environment.
- You are professional in your daily work and in your relationships with colleagues, students, and patients.
The professor is expected to be fluent in oral and written English, and international applicants are expected to learn Danish and to speak/understand the language at a sufficient level within a reasonable period. If you have DDS background, Danish authorisation and JUS is expected to be obtained on an individually planned agreement.
For candidates who do not completely fulfil the required criteria for a Professor position, but fulfil all criteria as Associate Professor and demonstrate the potential to transition into a position as professor at the end of the programme may be transferred to the UCPH promotion programme to professor after employment. Find more information here: https://employment.ku.dk/promotion-programme
Terms of employment
The position is a permanent position.
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations.
The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.
For further information please contact Head of Department Anne Havemose-Poulsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: https://www.ism.ku.dk/ (International Staff Mobility).
The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:
- Application, including motivation for applying for this position. Consider the 7 roles as they will be a part of the overall assessment of the application (Maximum 2 pages)
- Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
- Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
- A complete list of publications
- Research plan, including outreach and funding plan (3‐5 pages)
- Uploads of maximum 10 publications to be considered in the assessment
- Teaching plan
- Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)
- Other relevant documents, e.g. contacts to references
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at https://jobportal.ku.dk/.
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.
Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Friday, 14 April 2023.
Interviews for this position are likely to be held on 30 August 2023.
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.