211-0580/24-2E Associate Professor of Ultrafast spectroscopy

Associate Professor of Ultrafast spectroscopy
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (SCIENCE), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) invites applications for a position as Associate Professor. The department has strong activities in synthesis and studies of molecules, nanostructures and materials with emissive, and optoelectronic properties, in which electronic excited-state dynamics play an important role. To strengthen this area further we offer a position in ultra-fast optical spectroscopy. The successful candidate will have in-depth experience with setting up and running pump-probe transient absorption instrumentation and experiments. We seek a researcher that can develop both instrumentation, own independent research directions, and engage in synergetic collaborations with the research and teaching ongoing in the Department.

The research of the candidate should preferably cover several of the following areas:

1. Development of ultrafast pump-probe and other time-resolved optical spectroscopies.

2. Studies of excited state dynamics of organic molecules and materials in condensed phase by combing ultrafast spectroscopy with other spectroscopies and theoretical methods.

3. Development/studies of fluorescent molecules and/or materials for bio-imaging and/or sensing.

The successful candidate will have an independent research profile and an international research record with relevant research background as listed above. It is crucial that the candidate is able to foster strong collaborations within relevant areas, has proven the ability to attract external funding, and is willing to apply for further funding for ultrafast spectroscopy development in the department.

 Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

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 an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf .

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Pernille Harris.

The position is open from 1st of October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 5th May 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held on 28 August 2024

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0580/24-2E.





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: 05-05-2024
Employment start: 01-10-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry

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