Associate Professor in Environmental DNA

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

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

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, and 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 Environmental DNA, to both carry out research and teaching, as well as heading the development and implementation of the Globe Institute’s communication strategy on the institute-side through close work with the Faculty’s communications department.

The Associate Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination with a focus on both the development of environmental DNA methodologies, their application to questions of basic and applied interest, and the development of international collaborative research projects
  • leading the national DNA reference database, DNAmark
  • research-based teaching, including the development of environmental DNA courses and associated examination within his/her general area of competence
  • research leadership, including supervision of Masters and PhD students
  • attraction and management of externally funded research projects
  • heading the development and implementation of the Globe Institute’s communications strategy and acting as a link between the researchers and the communications staff
  • 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 Molecular Ecology or a related discipline, and an excellent track record of original research at 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 environmental DNA, including both method development and applications to research questions
•    a proven track record working with technical developments in the field of environmental DNA and DNA reference databases
•    experience in leading environmental DNA field expeditions
•    pedagogical competencies and a proven track record of research-based teaching, including teaching at international level
•    experience in supervising Bachelor, Master’s and PhD students
•    experience in research leadership
•    a proven track record in attracting external funding at both national and international level
•    excellent team and project management skills, including the management of major national and international collaborative research projects
•    an excellent track record in communicating his/her research results to the wider public, including writing of popular science articles, giving public presentations and participating in TV, radio and newspaper interviews.
•    a proven theoretical and practical track record in outreach, science communication and science journalism, including university internal and external communications and press work. Further, development of outreach programs and museum exhibitions. 
•    excellent interpersonal and communicative 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: Globe Institute, Section for Evolutionary Genomics

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