Associate Professor of Tissue Morphogenesis and Differentiation
University of Copenhagen Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Associate Professor of Tissue Morphogenesis and Differentiation (Fixed-Term 3 years)

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a 3-year fixed-term associate professor to the Petersen/Villadsen Group at The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine to commence as soon as possible.

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) has 250 members and offers a dynamic and international scientific environment encompassing five research programs and four high profile Research Centers. The ICMM aims to produce research with a high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components and molecular mechanisms in a biomedical context. The ICMM offers modern laboratory facilities and administrative support. Within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences core facilities and other experimental platforms are also available. The ICMM is also responsible for a number of undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen and the scientists at ICMM are responsible for conducting high-quality research-based teaching. You can read about ICMM at

Job description

The Petersen/Villadsen Group at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine dissects stem cell hierarchies in the normal human breast and in breast cancer, with a view to finding the cell of origin in different breast cancer subtypes. The research group has particular expertise in cell culture models and humanized mouse models for studying breast morphogenesis. The lab has generated an antibody repository suitable for FACS-screening and elucidating breast tumor heterogeneity. A major focus of the research program is to devise culture conditions for stem cell expansion and single cell cloning, along with multicolor imaging techniques, single cell sequencing, viral delivery, CRISPR-CAS9, PDX mouse modelling for studying multipotency and lineage evolution.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • 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

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:

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
  • A strong foundation in human primary culture technologies, molecular biology humanised mouse models, statistics and basic bioinfortics
  • A track record within breast cancer biology is considered an advantage
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching at the undergraduate level within the curriculum of the Department

The associate 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.


For further information, please contact Head of Department Ole William Petersen (,

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, Tuesday 20 October 2020.


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: 20-10-2020
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Cellulær og Molekylær Medicin

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