159247 Associate Professor of Tissue Morphogenesis and Differentiation (Fixed-Term, 2 Years)

Associate Professor of Tissue Morphogenesis and Differentiation (Fixed-Term, 2 Years)
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 Petersen/Villadsen Group at The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine to commence as soon as possible.

Scientific environment

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) offers an ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. ICMM aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components, and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context. ICMM currently comprises five research programs, three high profile Research Centers as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen. You can read more at https://icmm.ku.dk/english/

Job description
The Petersen Villadsen Group at The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine dissects differentiation hierarchies in the normal human breast as well as breast cancer with the purpose of defining the relation between cell(s) of origin and breast cancer subtypes. The research group has particular expertise in cell culture models and humanized mouse models for studying breast morphogenesis. The lab has generated an antibody repository suitable for IHC/ICC- and FACS based elucidation of heterogeneity in normal breast and cancer. A major focus of the research program is to devise culture conditions for stem/progenitor cell expansion and single cell cloning, along with multicolor imaging techniques, single cell sequencing, viral delivery, CRISPR-CAS9 and PDX mouse modelling for studying multipotency and lineage evolution.

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 researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

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, each applicant 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
  • A track record within breast biology research (normal and cancer)
  • A strong foundation in human primary culture techniques, molecular biology, humanized mouse models, statistics, and basic bioinformatics
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching at the undergraduate level within the curriculum of the Department.

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

Terms of employment
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years.

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

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 Eva Hoffman (eva@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 motivations for applying for the 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 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://employment.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, Wednesday 21 June 2023.


Interviews for this position are likely to be held October 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.


Eva Hoffmann
E-mail: eva@sund.ku.dk


Application deadline: 21-06-2023
Employment start: 01-12-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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