Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry
with emphasis on Glycobiology
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN)
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen
PLEN at University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as
Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry
with emphasis on Glycobiology , starting October 1st, 2022 or as soon as
possible thereafter. The place of employment will be at Section of Plant
Glycobiology, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.
What we offer & expect
The appointed Assistant Professor is expected to perform independent and
world-leading research in plant cell biology and/or biochemistry connected to
glycobiology. Examples of this would be, but not limited to,
glycobiology/biochemistry, cell wall synthesis, the plant cytoskeleton, plant
pathogen-cell wall interactions or carbohydrate signalling and/or synthesis.
The candidate is further expected to have teaching experiences and interest in
the development of new curricula and teaching activities at PLEN. The
successful applicant will be offered a negotiable, but substantial, starting
package, matching that of the high-standing global institutions. The appointee
must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research,
and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.
The appointee is further expected to establish and actively lead a productive
research program, supported by external funding, and will be embedded in a
vibrant working environment in the Glycobiology section at PLEN, which
consists of ca 300 plant scientists. The appointee will also be part of the
larger plant community, the Copenhagen Plant Science Center (CPSC), which
includes plant scientists across Copenhagen University. PLEN and Copenhagen
University host state-of-the-art infrastructure in a range of different
fields, including but not limited to that of microscopy, metabolomics,
proteomics and biophysics, and the appointee is encouraged to take advantage
of these facilities as platforms or through collaborations.
The Tenure-track Assistant Professor's duties will be evenly split between
teaching and research, with expectations to develop a strong and externally
funded international research program. The candidate will teach in courses,
supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, undergo formal training
and fulfill Departmental tasks related to the research area. It is expected
that the candidate will be able to contribute to teaching at all levels and
will undergo necessary pedagogical training within the first year of
employment, and to be able to teach in Danish after three years. It is also
expected that the candidate develop leadership skills to deal with day-to-day
events when running a research group. The candidate is expected to be
enthusiastic about an interdisciplinary, academic environment and to conduct
research and teaching at the highest international level upon completion of
the Tenure-track period. We further expect the candidate to be highly
motivated and comfortable working in teams, and to have good interpersonal
skills, as well as a collaborative and open mind-set.
Why Denmark & Copenhagen?
Copenhagen is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and the
appointee can get extensive help from the International Mobility Center
(https: // ism.ku.dk/) for relocation purposes. The appointee is expected to
apply for competitive national and international grants. In this context,
apart from the governmental funding bodies, the private foundations Novo
Nordisk, Villum and Lundbeck Foundations have schemes for young investigators
that, if successful, offer similar funds as that of starting grants via ERC.
Hence, the appointee has multiple alternatives to attract competitive but
sizeable grants. The applicant is also encouraged to look into the Danish
research salary & tax system.
PhD in plant science-related field.
At least several years of post-doctoral experience.
Teaching experience, with documented teaching quality, in plant science
Track record of publications in internationally high-standing journals.
Documented abilities to attract competitive research funding e.g. funding
Experiences with outreach activities and science communication.
A stated commitment to the development of new, or modification of existing
courses, and to supervise BSc and MSc students.
Supervision experiences (MSc, PhD and other levels).
A stated commitment to develop leadership skills on the departmental level
Fluency in both written and spoken English.
Commitment to achieve fluency in Danish as soon as possible, and no later
than within 3 years (BSc level courses are taught in Danish).
Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of
documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract
external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications.
Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching
qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.
Six overall criteria apply for assistant 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. Furthermore,
each candidate is assessed according to the specific requirements stated in
the job advertisement. Please read more at
https: // jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-
Further information on the Department and the section can be found here:
https: // plen.ku.dk/english/research/glyco/. Inquiries about the position can
be made to the head of the Department for Plant and Environmental Sciences,
Professor Svend Christensen, tel. (+45) 5148 9421, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus
welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal
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 Ministry
of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on
Academics in the State.
Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The tenure-track programme
An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track Assistant Professors with
guidance related to career development, other academic topics and
Performance of the tenure-track Assistant Professor will be followed via
internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation
by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal' is positive, you will be
promoted as Associate Professor. Performance and progression towards the
criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between
Criteria for promotion
After a 6-year tenure-track period, tenure-track Assistant Professors are
expected to meet the following criteria:
A strong publication track record within the specific field of research,
including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least
some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during
the tenure-track period
Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications
A significant track record of successful external research funding
Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group
demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and
major contributions to the development of an existing research group
demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group
Completed https: // www. ind.ku.dk/english/courseoverview/up/ and
established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including
preparation and development of departmental courses
Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students
The application including all attachments must be in English and
submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Curriculum vitae, also including:
Please describe and document international network and relations
Please describe and document internationally based activities
Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media
Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
Please use a section to describe how you fit the position description
Please outline how your previous research has impacted your research field
Scientific honours and invited seminars
Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
Research plan - description of current and future research plans
If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision
experience and qualifications- please describe and document:
Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
Formal pedagogical training
Complete publication list
Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers
The deadline for applications is March 16th, 2022, 23:59 GMT +1.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment
manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview
You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .
Interviews/trial lectures will be held on August 15th, 2022.
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