159293 Associate Professor of Parasitology and Disease Ecology

Associate Professor of Parasitology and Disease Ecology
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint an associate professor to the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at: https://ivh.ku.dk/ The associate professor will be part of the Parasites, Vectors and the Environment group at the Section for Parasitology and Aquatic Pathobiology which also includes groups of Veterinary Parasitology, Parasites, Immunology and Gut Health, Experimental Fish Models, and Aquatic Pathobiology.

Job description
The position covers the field of parasitology with a special emphasis on disease ecology, health and climate, and how hosts, vectors, parasites and other pathogens interact. The position aims to integrate modern methods in spatial modelling and experimental approaches within parasitology, to understand and predict how animal- and human parasitic diseases and vectors respond to climate- and other environmental changes. Through building of knowledge and capacity in this research field, the associate professor will contribute to new approaches for improved prediction modelling, monitoring and control of climatically sensitive diseases and vectors.

An interdisciplinary approach is essential and a broad knowledge of vectors and parasitology from a One-health perspective is required. A keen interest and willingness to do collaborative work within the section is essential, as well as having the ability to work interdisciplinary in a broader context. The candidate will be involved in a number of on-going, externally funded research projects and collaborations at both a national and international scale. Further, the candidate will participate in teaching and supervision.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication and academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination and evaluation
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications
Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to document:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

The associate professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

An applicant with the following merits and skills will be preferred:

  • An active interest in parasitology and vector-biology, including solid experience with designing and executing fieldwork.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with geostatistical modeling of parasitic diseases
  • Documented academic production at an international level, including considerable contribution to the field of modelling of impacts of climate change on parasitic diseases.
  • A track-record in attracting external, competitive funds
  • Teaching experience within parasitology and/or vector-biology
  • Experience with research leadership and management of research projects and networks.

Terms of employment
The position is permanent. 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 Birgit Nørrung, e-mail: birgit.noerrung@sund.ku.dk, https://sund.ku.dk/.
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 motivations for applying for the position (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 (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)

Application procedure
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. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday, 30 July 2023.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held in the month of October 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.


Application deadline: 30-07-2023
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Department/Location: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

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