159128 Professor of Translational Eye Research (50%)

Professor of Translational Eye Research (part-time)
Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a part-time (18.5 hours per week) professor within Translational Eye Research at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology to commence as soon as possible.

At the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology we work in a dynamic and commited academic community of research, education, innovation, and outreach within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Science and Life Science. We value interdisciplinary research and education, development of individual competences, and finding solutions to todays and tomorrows challenges in society.

Job description

In considering applications for the professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's ability to document original scientific work at high international level and high ambitions in teaching development within the area of translational eye research and translational pharmacology.

The professor is expected to strengthen the research and education at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and facilitate research across complementary and synergistic research disciplines, with focus on translational eye research including cellular and translational models to study retinal neurodegeneration.

The applicant should therefore have a strong research background in translational eye research, for details see “Desired qualifications”. Additionally, a proven track-record of strategic education development and leadership is required.

The professor is expected to be a committed and responsible member of our academic community providing research, education, innovation, and outreach activities to the society. The professor and group members are expected to be active in interdisciplinary clusters, that provide a departmental framework for scientific collaboration at high international level, and facilitate an inspiring scientific working environment.

The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination of results to the scientific community and to the general public
  • Develop, organize, and conduct research-based teaching, including associated examination, in relevant fields within the department’s educations
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of students and researchers
  • Engage in outreach and/or innovation activities both within the Department and towards academia, the clinic, and industry in general
  • Being a committed and dedicated member of the Department’s academic community
  • Obligation to share knowledge with society, e.g. participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications

Six overall criteria apply for 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 criteria here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

The applicant must be able to document:

  • Original academic production at high international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline within: research, teaching, innovation, and outreach
  • Leadership and/or management functions, e.g. engagement in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer
  • Development, organisation, and conduction of research-based teaching as well as supervision of students

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

Desired qualifications:

(i) Demonstrate a strong scientific track record in cellular and translational models to study retinal neurodegeneration as well as knowledge of and interest in establishing models and collaborations to evaluate side effects and efficacy of current treatments to prevent retinal neurodegeneration

(ii) Ability to manage research projects, in particular projects bridging basic research and the clinic

(iii) Capacity to instigate and participate in collaborative science at the international level involving scientists across scientific disciplines and sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry and clinical departments

(iv) Documented expertise in development of courses and teaching in pharmacotherapy and translational pharmacology

Terms of employment

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 Dan Stærk, ds@sund.ku.dk, or see www.drug.ku.dk // https://www.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 motivation for applying for this position (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 10 publications to be considered in the assessment process
  • 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 on for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific position. 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, 29 May 2023.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held 26 September 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: 29-05-2023
Employment start: 01-11-2023
Working hours: Part-time
Department/Location: Institut for Lægemiddeldesign og Farmakologi

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