Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
University of Copenhagen Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a part-time (15%) Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology to the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology to commence as soon as possible.

At the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology ( we work in a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Science and Life Science. We prioritize development of sustainable, meaningful and high impact knowledge and skills for society and the world in order to take active part in shaping the future and solving the challenges of tomorrow. We strive to form a sharing environment where we work towards common goals and unlock our full potential by working together in a responsible academic community.

Job description

An associate professor at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is a committed and responsible member of our academic community providing research, education, innovation and outreach activities to the society.  The successful applicant will be an active member of one of our interdisciplinary research clusters and disciplinary teaching groups. We aspire to facilitate research across complementary and synergistic research disciplines. The research clusters provide a departmental framework for scientific collaboration at high international level and facilitate an inspiring scientific working environment.

The position is anchored within the Discipline of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology with focus on the molecular pharmacology of G protein-coupled receptors. We seek to appoint an associate professor to conduct original and internationally competitive molecular pharmacology research within the area of structure and function of G protein-coupled receptors. The associate professor will establish strong collaborations with research groups internationally to provide momentum and impact in the highly competitive field of G protein-coupled receptor research.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination of results to the scientific community and to the general public
  • Develop, organize and conduct research-based teaching, including associated examination, within the field of pharmacology, molecular pharmacology and/or biochemistry
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of students and researchers
  • Being a committed and dedicated member of the Department’s academic community
  • 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 criteria here:

The 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; with development, organisation and conduction of research-based teaching within pharmacology
  • The associate professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Desired qualifications:

  • Documented research on the structure and function of GPCRs at the highest international level
  • Proven track record of establishing and maintaining research collaborations with international groups in complementary disciplines, and ability to attract funding for such collaborations
  • Strong expertise in state-of-the-art molecular pharmacology methodologies such as cellular signaling and binding assays, as well as related biochemical, biophysical and structural approaches
  • Documented ability to apply research discoveries to develop ligands such as small molecules, peptides and/or nanobodies to serve as tool compounds and/or starting points for drug discovery

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 a part-time associate professor equivalent to 15% of a full time employment.

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


For further information, please contact Head of Department Helle Waagepetersen, email:,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (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:

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

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, Monday, 5 April 2021.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held in week 23 or 24 2021.


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: 05-04-2021
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Part-time
Department/Location: Institut for Lægemiddeldesign og Farmakologi
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