160790 Professor of Basic or Translational Biomedicine

Professor of Basic or Translational Biomedicine

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen



The Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, seeks to appoint a professor in basic or translational biomedicine to commence 1 November 2024, or as soon as possible.


The vision of the Department of Biomedical Sciences is to be a leading interdisciplinary research department that generates cutting-edge knowledge with the potential to prevent and treat diseases, improve human health, and make a positive impact on society.


Our research aims to generate new knowledge that can be used in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cancer. We strive to contribute to the advancement of biomedical research with a focus on translating our findings into practical solutions that benefit society. The staff at the department delivers cutting-edge research-based and clinically relevant undergraduate teaching on courses within biomedicine, and the staff supervises postgraduate students enrolled at the Graduate School. The Department is supported by a strong team of laboratory technicians and administrative staff.


Information on the research themes and teaching activities of the department can be found at https://bmi.ku.dk/


Job description

We seek a highly motivated candidate with a documented, internationally recognized, independent, and original research portfolio within a research field linked to the Department’s themes and with the research methods within the spectrum from structural biology, single cell studies, and experiments in tissues, organs and whole animals to experiments in humans.
We expect the candidate to fully engage in delivering and developing top notch research-based and student activating teaching. Furthermore, we would favour strong translational experience linking to national and/or international clinical environments and/or commercial and pharmaceutical companies. Finally, we emphasize that public science dissemination as well as a focus towards innovation are key to the Departments output.



The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research within the Department's research themes, including publication/academic dissemination and attraction of external funding
  • Research-based and student activating teaching within the Department’s portfolio of courses
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public dissemination
  • Contribution to academic assessments and departmental organisational tasks
  • Leadership in research, teaching and academic citizenship


Required qualifications

A key selection criterion for the professorship is documented evidence of original scientific work at a high international level within one of the Department's research themes, as well as documented relevant teaching experience and didactic/pedagogical competences.


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. Information about each criterion can be found at the University website. In addition to the University criteria, the department has identified supplementary local criteria which can be found at the Department’s website.


The successful applicant should be able to:

  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level and in high-impact journals, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline
  • Document experience with research management and other organisational functions, e.g. engagement in external academic activities, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as knowledge transfer and public outreach activities
  • Develop, organise, manage and provide research-based teaching
  • Demonstrate and document good interpersonal and communicative skills including proficiency in English.


It is expected that professors are able to contribute to teaching in Danish after 3-6 years including grading and supervising students. Professors with an international background will be offered paid, targeted Danish language classes.


We welcome applications from candidates with either a medical or a basic biomedical science background.


Terms of employment

The position is permanent and the average weekly working hours are 37.

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 Head of Department, Cathrine Ørskov, corskov@sund.ku.dk 


Application documents required

The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below, and must include the following:

  • Application, including reasons for applying for this position, and particularly how you see your research fitting into and complementing the department´s research themes and how you can contribute to the department´s teaching activities (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding, societal impact, experience with entrepreneurship and innovation and academic leadership experience
  • A complete list of publications including citations numbers both for individual papers and total with an indication of how these metrics were calculated
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Copies of selected publications (maximum 10) to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan and 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 Vice Dean for Research 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. You can read about the recruitment process at the University Job portal.

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. 


Closing date for applications is 23.59pm CET,  4 March 2024.


Applicants who are invited for an interview will be expected to give a brief research presentation as well as a short teaching presentation.

Interviews for this position will most likely be held on 16 September 2024.


International applicants may find the following link useful: https://ism.ku.dk/ (International Staff Mobility). The ISM website includes information about relocating to and living in Denmark, the taxation, healthcare and education systems, how to get help with finding housing etc., as well as information for accompanying spouses/partners.


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: 04-03-2024
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Biomedicinsk Institut
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