159302 Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Veterinary Virology

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Veterinary Virology
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint a tenure track assistant professor to commence as soon as possible. Information on the department can be found at: https://ivh.ku.dk/

Job description

The section of veterinary clinical microbiology carries out research and teaching in veterinary virology, including zoonotic viruses. Presently, our research focus is on veterinary and zoonotic aspects of influenza viruses in birds, pigs, and other animals; African Swine fever virus in pigs; Foot-and-Mouth Disease virus in ruminants and pigs and coronaviruses in domestic and wild animals, but we are also involved in research on other viral infections in a variety of animals. In addition, we are part of the veterinary contingency program on notifiable viral diseases in animals in Denmark. Our research includes animal studies either under field conditions or in experimental challenge studies and our laboratory methods include sequencing of viruses using next generation sequencing, culturing of viruses, various assays on viral and host proteins, genomic analyses, and bioinformatics. You will be involved in a range of research activities according to qualifications and interests and in collaboration with mentors you will have to draft a tenure plan for your research, teaching, and advisory tasks. You will also be involved in teaching of veterinary students and will be responsible for guidance of visiting scientists, co-supervision of PhD students and supervision of master students.

The tenure track assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors
  • support to contingency program activities including provision of scientific advice

The tenure track assistant professor’s performance will be evaluated through annual evaluations. Furthermore, the tenure track assistant professor will be evaluated in a mid-track appraisal. After no more than six years of employment and on condition of a positive final appraisal, the tenure track assistant professor will be employed as associate professor. Read more about tenure track at the University of Copenhagen here: https://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/

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:

  • a PhD degree or similar qualifications within the subject area
  • research experience within the field of the position

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.

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

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, birgit.noerrung@sund.ku.dk, https://www.sund.ku.dk/.

Foreign applicants may find the following links 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 (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD and other relevant diplomas)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (2-4 pages)
  • Teaching plan
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching portfolio, if applicable (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)

Please note: It is mandatory to upload a teaching plan in the online application form. Should you not have a teaching plan, please upload a blank document in this box instead.

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 application 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 in this post to apply.

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, 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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