Associate Professor in Palaeoproteomics

The Globe Institute
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an Associate Professor in Palaeoproteomics at the Globe Institute ( starting on 1 July 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The Globe Institute is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute’s main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The institute operates at the intersection of natural sciences, medical sciences and the humanities.

As part of the Globe’s remit and to strengthen its existing research, teaching and external communication, we seek to appoint an Associate Professor in Palaeoproteomics. The selected candidate will carry out research and teaching related to the development and the use of high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) to sequence ancient and degraded protein remains retrieved from paleontological, palaeoanthropological and cultural heritage objects.

The Associate Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination in the fields of:
    • mass spectrometry(MS)-based analysis of ancient and degraded proteins,
    • protein sequence-based phylogenetic inference on extinct species that lived in time periods and geographic areas incompatible with ancient DNA preservation
    • identification of protein remains present in cultural heritage
    • metaproteomic analysis of ancient samples to reconstruct: (i) palaeoenvironments, as well as diet and disease in ancient humans and fauna
    • palaeopathology
    • characterization of chemical damage in ancient proteins
    • high throughput identification of sex, biological species, and/or protein damage in large samples sets
    • the development of new methods in all the stages of the palaeoproteomics experimental workflow: sample preparation, MS measurement and data analysis
  • the application of such tools to evolutionary biological questions including, but not limited to speciation and adaptation
  • research-based teaching, including data analysis, ancient and degraded protein sequencing data analysis methods and associated examination within his/her general area of competence
  • research leadership, including supervision of Bachelors, Masters and PhD students
  • attraction and management of externally funded research projects
  • public dissemination of research outcomes, including engaging and interacting in the Danish citizen science environment
  • academic assessments.

Required qualifications

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biological Anthropology or Archaeology, or a related discipline and an excellent track record of original research at the international level.

In addition, the successful applicant should be able to document:

  • research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an Assistant Professor, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • an outstanding publication record in palaeoproteomics,
  • a proven track record of developing and applying palaeoproteomics methods to palaeonthological, palaeoanthropological and cultural heritage materials,
  • experience in conceiving and leading multiple large-scale research and training networks,
  • a proven track record of research-based teaching and coordination of teaching activities, also at the international level,
  • experience in supervising Bachelor, Master and PhD students,
  • experience as research group leadership,
  • a proven track record of obtaining funding at both national and international level, from public and private funding bodies,
  • experience in project management, including successful collaborations both nationally and internationally,
  • an excellent track record in communicating his/her research, both to scientific peers and to the wider public,
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Terms of employment

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance 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.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful:


For further information, please contact Head of Section, Prof. Tom Gilbert (


The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications
  • Diplomas (Masters, PhD and other relevant certificates)
  • 5-year research plan (3-5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching portfolio (
  • Teaching plan

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

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, Sunday 8 March 2020.


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: 08-03-2020
Employment start: 01-07-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: University of Copenhagen

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