Head of Department
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Head of Department for Globe Institute, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen is one of the largest health and medical science faculties in Europe, and a powerful player in the increasing competition for research talents and external research grants. Research is the foundation for our education, and ensures that our future graduates leave us with the best academic skills. Our goal is to provide new and ground-breaking knowledge, educate talented and innovative graduates, and contribute to increasing the growth and development of society. To obtain this goal, we focus significantly on healthy work environments, talents, infrastructure, and strategic collaborations, nationally and internationally. We consider excellent leadership a necessity to obtaining these goals.

The GLOBE Institute

Globe institute is a newly established department at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. GLOBE aims for interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach and therefore has a strong focus on developing transformative science across our planet’s history. We value the highest level of original scientific work at an international level. GLOBE consists of five research sections: GeoGenetics, Evolutionary Genomics, Macroecology and Climate, Geobiology and Star and Planet formation, in total hosting more than 230 staff members.

More about GLOBE: https://globe.ku.dk

The position

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, is looking to recruit a Head of Department for GLOBE Institute with a visionary approach to leadership and an internationally recognised research profile. The Head of Department should have experience in research leadership at institutional or research programme level, and have a natural ability and authority for leading scientific and support staff. The Head of Department is expected to be based full time at GLOBE, where she/he will be expected to establish and maintain a research environment and activities promoting synergy to strengthen the interdisciplinary research and education across the broad research profile of GLOBE. Scientifically, the Head of Department should have the level to be able to obtain a professorship at University of Copenhagen, which will be a criterion in the selection process.

We are looking for a Head of Department, who will foster a supportive and collegial environment, in which the employees collectively strive for scientific excellence. The Head of Department will be given the opportunity to develop and shape the Institute further in order to establish and maintain its status as a world-leading research institute. The Head of Department is expected to be active in the international research environment and to engage in the further development of the Institute’s international network and collaborations, within and beyond academia. Moreover, the Head of Department is responsible for ensuring the continuous development of the Institute’s infrastructure, research support, and administration, thereby securing the best possible frame for research, communication, and utilization of research as well as for the institute’s research training and educational programmes. 

The job

The Head of Department has the main responsibility for the scientific profile, strategic development, and focus areas of the institute. In addition, the Head of Department has the economic responsibility for the Institute’s activities. In partnership with the dean, the vice-deans, the faculty director, and the other heads of departments and centres, the Head of Department constitutes the faculty management, who are responsible for the strategic leadership of the faculty. The Head of the Department reports to the dean.


We prioritise that you: 

  •  are a visionary leader that can develop the GLOBE Institute into a flagship transdisciplinary center at the University of Copenhagen, which is able to attract, motivate, develop, and retain the best talents.
  • are experienced in staff management of all groups of personnel as well as students. 
  • are experienced in financial management and organisational development.
  • are an excellent interdisciplinary researcher at an international level within one or more of the Institute’s fields of research.
  • have an excellent research track record, and a substantial international insight into one of the main disciplines hosted at GLOBE. 
  • adopt a dynamic leadership strategy and governance structure that ensures strong involvement of GLOBE’s key stakeholders in shaping the institute research and education programme.
  • have a collegial, visionary and innovative personality with a flair for communication and teamwork, and have insight into the interactions between a university and its surrounding society. 
  • direct the physical assembly of GLOBE to stimulate cross disciplinary research and teaching.

Salary and terms of employment

We expect to employ you in a fixed-term position. The employment period is five years with the opportunity of a three-year administrative extension. Starting date is to be determined by agreement.

The Head of Department is employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). 
The salary for the fixed-term employment is usually a basic salary, a fixed-term supplement, contribution to a pension fund, and a potential qualification supplement. Your final salary, and employment and research conditions will be negotiated and agreed upon with the dean.

Further information

For further information, please go to: https://healthsciences.ku.dk, https://www.ku.dk/english and https://globe.ku.dk/about

Should you need any additional information about the position, please contact Dean Ulla Wewer, ullaw@sund.ku.dk, +45 353 27051.

Application and proposal

Your application should include the documents below:

  • an application describing your thoughts and visions for the development of GLOBE in a 5-year plan (maximum three pages)
  • a complete curriculum vitae and publication list
  • an outline of your leadership experience 
  • an outline of your own proposed 5-years research programme

The dean has appointed a recommendation committee to assist with the selection of applicants for interviews, to participate in interviews, and to advise the dean on the appointment. The recommendation committee consists of the dean, representatives from the Faculty’s scientific personnel, the technical-administrative personnel and students, as well as members designated by the dean.

First and second rounds of interviews are likely to be held in weeks 34 and 35.

Deadline for applications

Apply through the advertisement at https://jobportal.ku.dk/administrative-og-forskningsunderstoettende-stillinger/ledelse/. Please click ’Apply Now’ at the bottom of the advertisement. 

The closing date for applications is 23:59 PM CET, August 12, 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: 12-08-2020
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: GLOBE Institute

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