Associate Professor of Pharmacology
University of Copenhagen

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Associate Professor in Biophysical Pharmacology

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint an associate professor 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 and committed academic community of research, education, innovation, and outreach within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Science and Life Science. We value interdisciplinary research and education, development of individual competences, and finding solutions to todays and tomorrows challenges in society. The department furthermore prioritizes sustainability in all aspects of research and education.

Information on the Department can be found at:

Job description

In considering applications for the associate professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's ability to document original scientific work at a high international level and high ambitions in teaching development within the areas of biophysics, pharmacology, and cellular and molecular biology.

The associate professor is expected to contribute to strengthening interdisciplinary research and education at the Department, with focus on biophysical studies of the interplay between pharmacological probes and lipids or proteins.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination to the scientific community and to the general public
  • Develop, organize, and conduct research-based teaching, including associated examination, in relevant fields within the department’s educations
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Engagement in outreach and/or innovation activities both within the Department and towards academia, the clinic, and industry in general
  • Attraction of external funding
  • 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 criterion here:

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

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

Desired qualifications:

  1. Documented strong scientific track record in the fields of biophysical studies of protein and lipids
  2. Documented scientific track record of studies of interplay of drug candidate molecules and lipids or proteins
  3. Experience with in vitro and stem cell models
  4. Track-record in attracting external funding
  5. Experience in development and conduction of research-based teaching
  6. An interest in innovation

Applicants already having sustainability integrated in all aspects of their research and teaching, or a clear plan for doing so, will have preference.

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 Taxation 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 Dan Stærk,,,

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 the 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, Sunday 17 September 2023.


Interviews for this position are likely to be held on Thursday 30 November 2023.


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: 17-09-2023
Employment start: 01-02-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
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