160984 Associate Professorship in Bovine Medicine

Associate Professorship in Bovine Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint an associate professor within bovine medicine to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Section of Medicine & Surgery to commence 1.7.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Information about the Department is linked on https://ikv.ku.dk/english/

Job description

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences is organized into five scientific sections and two University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals. The associate professor will be employed in the Section of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. The veterinary program provides research-based education, and the Large Animal University Hospital offers state-of-the-art facilities for research, clinical teaching, and clinical service. The section's main activities are applied clinical research within the fields of large animal diseases and welfare, as well as clinical and didactic teaching. The section also encompasses a mobile clinic and a clinical diagnostic laboratory, which provide services to the hospital, teaching and research activities.

This is a full-time academic position with most of the time spent in clinical research and didactic and clinical teaching.

The associate professor’s duties will be related to research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within bovine medicine. In addition, research including obtaining research funding, as well as dissemination of research via publication/scientific communication is highly prioritised. The profile of the position includes special emphasis on ruminant diseases and welfare e.g. infectious diseases, metabolic diseases and calf diseases both at an individual and herd level. Duties also include research management pregraduate supervision of bachelor and veterinary thesis projects and of assistant professors and PhD-students. The associate professor is expected to take part in other duties, such as specialized diagnostics and treatment of patients and administrative tasks associated with teaching, education and research.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination and securing external funding
  • 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

  • DVM with Danish authorization or immediate eligibility
  • PhD degree in large animal medicine or similar qualifications
  • Experience in clinical teaching and research expertise within large ruminant diseases
  • Specialized clinical experience with hospital management of ruminants and/or EBVS/ABVS board certifications

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 criteria 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
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching
  • Specialized clinical experience

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

Terms of employment
The position is a permanent position.

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 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 Rikke Buhl rib@sund.ku.dk, Professor Rikke Buhl.

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 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 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. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, 29 February, 2024.


Interviews for this position are likely to be held on late in May 2024.


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.


Rikke Buhl
E-mail: rib@sund.ku.dk


Application deadline: 29-02-2024
Employment start: 01-07-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Section of Medicine & Surgery
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