Associate Professor of DNA Topology

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor to the Center for Chromosome Stability ( in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine to commence as soon as possible. The post is available for a fixed term and will terminate no later than 28 February, 2025.

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine focuses on basic cellular and molecular biological processes, their regulation and their significance for cell function, interaction and organisation in tissues. The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate teaching programs spanning cell biology, genetics and basic human biology, including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, as well as anatomy. Further information about the department can be found at

Job description
The post-holder will be based in the CCS and will focus on conducting original research to improve our understanding of how DNA supercoiling is regulated in human cells and how defects in the maintenance of supercoiling homeostasis affects genome stability.
The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

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

Required qualifications 
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/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

The research associate professor is also required to possess good 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.

For further information, please contact the Center Director Ian Hickson, 

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility). 

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

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • 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:

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, March 31, 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.


Ian David Hickson


Application deadline: 31-03-2020
Employment start: 01-08-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: ICMM

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