Assistant Professor of Innate Immunity
University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Innate Immunity

LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center (SIC)
Department of Immunology and Microbiology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a tenure track assistant professor for the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center to commence as soon as possible.

About the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center is located on the 12th floor in the award-winning Maersk Tower at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. We offer ultra-modern facilities and a vibrant international research environment with focus on the development of early-career scientists. Based on a grant from the LEO Foundation of more than 50 million EUR, the center aims to unite leading Danish and international researchers in immunology and skin disease to provide new knowledge to enable better diagnostics and more effective treatments for a wide range of inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. Information about the center can be found at: http://www.sic.ku.dk.

Job description

The new tenure track assistant professor will take on an important role in the establishment and long-term development of a new research group focusing on molecular immunology and inflammation, headed by group leader Mads Gyrd-Hansen who commences as professor in the fall 2020. We are looking for a candidate with a record as a sound and reliable scientist with clear professional ambitions within the field. In turn, we offer a unique opportunity to support the development of the scientific direction of the group in the coming years.

The candidate will undertake research that focusses on the role of the ubiquitin machinery in immune regulation, inflammation and host-pathogen interactions, with a particular focus on these processes in the skin. The long-term goal of the group’s research will be to identify molecular processes that underlie immune-driven pathologies and that can be targeted pharmacologically for treatment of skin diseases.

The successful candidate will also have documented experience in immune-related research, microbiology, signal transduction, and ubiquitin biology, and will have hands-on experience with a wide range of experimental methodologies including but not limited to basic and advanced biochemical, molecular, and cell biology techniques, genome editing, mass spectrometry, and experimental animal model systems.

The tenure track assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors

The tenure track assistant professor’s performance will be evaluated through annual evaluations. Furthermore, the tenure track assistant professor will be evaluated in a mid-track appraisal.

After no more than six years of employment and on condition of a positive final appraisal, the tenure track assistant professor will be employed as associate professor. Read more about tenure track at the University of Copenhagen here: https://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph

Required qualifications

Six overall criteria apply for assistant 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:

  • a PhD degree or similar qualifications within the subject area
  • research experience within the field of the position

The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.

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

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 position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

Questions

For further information, please contact Head of Department Carsten Geisler, cge@sund.ku.dk, or Acting Executive Director Charlotte Menné Bonefeld, cmenne@sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: http://www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application

The application must be submitted in English, and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivation for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae , including information about funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD and other relevant diplomas)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (2-4 pages)
  • Teaching plan
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching portfolio, if applicable (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)

Please note: It is mandatory to upload a teaching plan in the online application form. Should you not have a teaching plan, please upload a blank document in this box instead.

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://jobportal.ku.dk.

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The application 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 in this post to apply.

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, Wednesday, 21 October 2020.

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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.

Contact

Carsten Geisler
E-mail: cge@sund.ku.dk

Info

Application deadline: 21-10-2020
Employment start: 01-03-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center


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