(211-0575/24-2E) Associate Professor of Experimental Physics

(211-0575/24-2E) Associate Professor of Experimental Physics
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Associate Professor of Experimental Physics
Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Niels Bohr Institute announces the availability of a faculty position in any area of experimental physics, including those based on controlled experiments and observations, with an emphasis on paradigm-shifting science. The search is open to all areas of experimental physics which includes but is not limited to areas currently present at The Niels Bohr Institute: Astrophysics (including Planetary Sciences, Cosmology, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astrophysics); Biophysics and Biocomplexity; Geophysics (including Ice, Climate, and Earth Sciences); High Energy and Astro-particle Physics; and Quantum Physics (including Condensed Matter, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics). The application will be a two-step procedure as specified below.

We seek to appoint an outstanding researcher based on scientific excellence and demonstrated track record. We are looking for a candidate whose expertise will strengthen our mission to deliver excellent research and education. The position will be filled at the level of tenured associate professor.

The successful candidate must be an outstanding scientist who has already had significant international impact on research and who has demonstrated: (1) the talent and vision to define an independent research program, (2) the scientific maturity to establish an independent research group, and (3) the ability to attract significant external funding in open competition at national and international levels. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate both internationally and within University of Copenhagen on research questions of broad-scale relevance.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and lead an innovative research program of leading international quality
  • Teach and examine students at all levels including lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervising students, and contributing to curriculum development work.
  • Act as a coach and role model through excellent practice and mentoring of junior colleagues
  • Contribute to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusivity in Physics
  • Undertake appropriate administrative tasks in support of the Department’s activities
In the evaluation of candidates emphasis will be put on the following criteria:

  • A PhD in a relevant area or equivalent
  • A strong established international reputation and expertise in a forefront research area
  • Ability to expand the research portfolio of the institute into new areas
  • A track record of securing external research funding in open competition as well as postdoc and/or PhD supervision
  • Substantial and successful experience in undergraduate teaching and in postgraduate training
The associate professor’s duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks as requested by the Department. Applicants are required to have successful university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon their own teaching development, practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Ideally the candidate has been responsible for lectures and course development as well as supervision at both bachelor and master's levels.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at a leading international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more here:

For associate professors: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf .

Further information on the Department is linked at https://science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/departments/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen, Deputy Head of Research, VILF@nbi.ku.dk.

The position is open from 1 January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Filing of application
The application process is a two-step procedure: applicants are invited to initially submit a ‘short’ application consisting of CV and publication list. The Niels Bohr Institute will then screen these and subsequently invite a subset of applicants to submit a full application.

First step: For all applicants interested in the position.

Submit in English:

  • Curiculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Complete publication list
These two documents will be the basis for our selection of applicants who are invited to submit a full application and thus be a part of the recruitment process.

It will be appropriate if the six overall criteria for associate professor appointments at the University og Copenhagen are reflected in the CV.

Please also highlight in the CV, if special conditions in your career/life affects your CV, number of publications.

To submit the CV and publication list click APPLY NOW below.

The deadline for submission is 1 May 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

Second step: Only for applicants who are invited to submit a full application.
In the second step invited applicants must submit a full application. Invited applicants will have around five to six weeks to send a full application and we expect it will be between week 24-31. Invited applicants will receive further instructions.

Please reserve 27 November 2024 in case you are invited to an interview.


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211-0575/24-2E Associate Professorship of Experimental Physics.