157333 Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Biophysical Methods in Drug Research (fixed-term)
Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Biophysical Methods in Drug Research (fixed-term) at the Department of Drug Design and Phamacology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a 2-year and 8 ½ month position as an assistant professor or associate professor within biophysical methods in drug research to commence 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be connected to the Wellendorph Lab headed by Professor Petrine Wellendorph (www.drug.ku.dk/wellendorph-lab/).
Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is committed to research-based teaching and interdisciplinary research that supports the development and understanding of chemical and pharmacological properties of drugs and drug targets. We work as part of a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Sciences and Life Sciences. We offer a highly collaborative and supportive working environment.
We are striving to have a sharing community with common goals by working together in responsible academic teams that unlocks our full potential to shape our educational programmes and undertake excellent research. Therefore, the Department has a matrix organisation where methodological areas are organised in four disciplines, the research in eight interdisciplinary research clusters and educational efforts in four teaching groups. The successful applicant will join a discipline and one or more of the research clusters and teaching groups.
Please see the department website for further information www.drug.ku.dk.
The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology invites applications from candidates with a research profile within biophysics relevant to pharmaceutical sciences. The research will focus specifically on biophysical studies of a promising brain target, aiming to understand the molecular mechanisms of ligand binding and guide future drug discovery to modulate the target pharmacologically. The position can either be at the level of assistant professor or associate professor.
It is the responsibility of the assistant professor to:
- Develop and conduct research projects within the field of biophysics in relation to drug research.
- Participate in internal and external inter-disciplinary and -sectoral research collaborations.
- Communicate the results to the scientific community and public.
- Develop and conduct research-based teaching in connection to the research field and the educational programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Participate in Departmental organization units, e.g. research clusters and teaching groups.
- Undertake continuous personal training and career development within research and education. This includes a mandatory adjunct pedagogical training programme: www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/
It is the responsibility of the associate professor to:
- Develop and lead research projects within the field of biophysics in relation to drug research, including attracting external funding.
- Form internal and external inter-disciplinary and -sectoral research collaborations.
- Communicate the results to the scientific community and public.
- Develop, organize and conduct research-based teaching within the research field and the educational programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences broadly, including associated examination.
- Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
- Contribute to Departmental organization units, e.g. research clusters and teaching groups.
- Academic assessments
- Undertake continuous personal training and career development within research and education. This includes a mandatory adjunct pedagogical training programme: (https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/). Should the candidate not possess these skills, the department will expect and support development of such competences.
Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor or associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit
Specific required qualifications for the position as either assistant professor or associated professor:
- A PhD degree relevant to biophysics and drug-related research.
- Research experience within drug discovery.
- Strong experience with biophysical applications for protein structure and binding studies, such as SPR, DSF, NMR and SAXS.
- Expertise with protein biochemistry.
- Some experience with in vitro pharmacology.
- Experience with teaching in theoretical and practical courses at the undergraduate level, including supervision of BSc and/or MSc students within the pharmaceutical sciences broadly.
- Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Excellent English skills written and spoken, and it is expected that the candidates are able to contribute to teaching in Danish after 3-6 years.
Additional required qualifications for the position as associated professor:
As applicant for the associate professor position, the applicant furthermore must 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.
- Capacity to initiate, facilitate and participate in collaborative science across scientific disciplines, countries, and sectors.
- Ability to attract research funding, e.g. successful applications and a competitive track record given the level of seniority, or a suitable plan for acquiring funding.
- Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies.
- Ability to conduct research-based teaching: develop, organise and evaluate courses (incl. content and teaching material).
- Some experience with supervision at the graduate level.
Desirable experience and skills for the position as assistant professor or associated professor:
- Experience in working with drug development for brain targets.
- Engagement in innovation activities.
- A strong national and international network within the biophysics community.
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 average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.
For further information please contact Head of Department, Rasmus P. Clausen; email@example.com).
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. It is recommended that your application addresses specifically the criteria for recognising merit. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments in PDF format:
- Cover letter (max 2 pages) with a motivation for applying for the position.
- Curriculum vitae including degrees, positions, research leadership and other skills relevant for the position.
- Complete publication list, including bibliometrics (h-index and citations, and source) a separate section or marking of the 10 selected most important articles.
- Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
- Research plan (3-5 pages) - description of current and future research plans (e.g. scientific areas or challenges).
- Teaching plan.
- Teaching portfolio documenting the extent of teaching, as well as pedagogical competences for example in the form of reflections from the applicant on how he/she has improved the quality of teaching. (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)
- Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment.
- Documentation of any additional research qualifications (optional).
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. Being a posting for a candidate on either assistant or associate professor level, the assessment committee will asses what level, assistant or associate professor, the selected applicants can be assessed to have adequate qualifications.
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, 4 October 2022.
University of Copenhagen and Denmark
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