153692 Associate Professor of Genomic Macroecology

Globe Institute
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen seeks to appoint a tenured associate professor at the Globe Institute to commence as soon as possible.

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

As part of the Globe Institute’s remit and to strengthen its existing research, teaching and external communication, we seek to appoint an associate professor of Genomic Macroecology to both carry out research and teaching.

The research will be performed at the Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity, which is a center of excellence funded by the Villum Foundation. The center is led by Professor Carsten Rahbek and includes 25 scientific staff, technicians and students. The center tries to understand the role of mountains in shaping the distribution and diversity of life on Earth. It focuses in specifics on trying to explain the extraordinary biodiversity of tropical mountains. The center combines natural history knowledge, rigorous field work in all corners of the world and an assemblage of huge biological data sets built from primary sources with the use of cutting-edge DNA and genomic techniques, novel macroecological and null models, powerful bioinformatics tools and statistics to enable a truly holistic approach for addressing fundamental questions about life on Earth.

It is institutionally placed with the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the GLOBE Institute. CMEC is a large center of excellence with a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth. The 40+ researchers at CMEC currently represent 14 different nationalities and the working language is English. The center juxtaposes faculty staff scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, community ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.

Job description
We offer a permanent position to work within the research-framework of the Villum Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity to develop together with the center’s other researchers an integrative framework for combining genomic data with avian data on phylogeny, traits, and species distribution, including using but not restricted to centers data on corvidae and hummingbird species. The focus is on understanding the processes of speciation and extinction that underline macroevolutionary and macroecological patterns of diversity.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of master students, PhD students, and postdocs
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Attraction and management of externally funded research projects
  • Public dissemination of research outcomes
  • Academic assessments

The associate professor is expected to develop a research program in close collaboration with other center members.

The associate professor is expected to engage in ongoing research projects using the center’s data/resources and to contribute to further development of new projects. We expect successful candidates to be interested in conducting collaborative projects within the center with other center scientists.

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, we seek an internationally competitive candidate with:

  • A PhD degree and research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc (may also be obtained in other ways)
  • A very strong publication record in molecular phylogenetics and evolution in the best international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Documented strong analytical and large-scale data handling skills.
  • Experience in processing next-generation sequencing data of non-model vertebrate organisms, including application of this data to population genetics and comparative genomics
  • University level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio.
  • Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors.
  • Excellent communicate skills and the ability to communicate within a cross-disciplinary research center.

Strong natural history knowledge and experience with field work would be viewed favourably for the position.

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 Professor Carsten Rahbek, crahbek@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 information about external funding (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, 25 April 2021.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held in the end of June.


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.


Carsten Rahbek


Application deadline: 25-04-2021
Employment start: 01-09-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate
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