Assistant Professor of Computer Science

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, of Full Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science

Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen has a vision to strategically expand our department to maintain and expand our national and international leadership in computer science. We are looking for both Tenure-Track Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Full Professors within all areas of Computer Science. The position is open from 1 August 2025 or later.

It is a high priority at our department to foster a research environment of the highest quality allowing people from diverse backgrounds to thrive. You will join a rapidly growing department with strong research sections in the areas of Human-Centred Computing; Algorithms and Complexity; Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; Software, Data, People, and Society; Programming Languages and Theory of Computing; Artificial Intelligence; and Image Analysis, Computational Modeling, and Geometry. We are heading multiple centres within computer science, including the SCIENCE AI Center and the Pioneer Center for Artificial Intelligence.

About the Department of Computer Science
Our department was founded in 1970 as part of the University of Copenhagen – the oldest and largest university in Denmark; founded in 1479 with more than 10.000 employees. The university is ranked number 2 in the European Union according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2023.

Our research in Computer Science is at the forefront of the field, and our interdisciplinary collaborations cover a broad range of societally important areas, emphasizing research in both theoretical and applied areas. One focus of the department is investigating how we, ethically and efficiently, can shape future digital technologies and ensure that they are adapted to the needs of people and society.  Our Computer Science study programs aim at educating bachelors and masters at the highest international level, We aim to have a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable research and educational environment while doing so. Read more about how you can become successful as a researcher at DIKU here.

At our department, you will meet friendly, enthusiastic, and inspiring colleagues and inclusive settings for building up internationally competitive and thriving research groups. We have a professional and service minded administration including an experienced research support unit to give you mentoring and assistance when applying for funding, and assistance for travel, visitors, and organizing workshops Danish private and public foundations provide a broad range of funding opportunities, including start-up packages and recruitment grants. You can read more about them here.

Living in Copenhagen
The university is situated in Copenhagen, which is consistently rated among the world's top 10 most livable cities. Located in Denmark, consistently ranked in the top three happiest countries globally, Copenhagen boasts a vibrant culture, rich in music, theater, and community organizations. Family life is supported by a generous parental leave for both parents and subsidised daycare. The University’s International Staff Mobility (ISM) office offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen, as well as support for dual careers and partner networks. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark at www.workindenmark.dk/

Description of the position
As a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor you will primarily tend to your research and research-based teaching, while also focusing on publishing and scientific communication in various forms. To a limited extent the position may also include other tasks. The Faculty of Science has a tenure track program in place aiming at mentoring tenure-track assistant professors towards tenure, and the department has instituted a reduced teaching load for tenure-track assistant professors to give them time to obtain the requisite pedagogical certifications.

As an Associate and Full Professor, you will tend your own research while simultaneously working to develop the field of research. Other work includes assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management, such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. You will also teach, supervise bachelor and master students, prepare, and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the department.

Qualifications
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

You should show an increasing publication trajectory in high-level international peer-reviewed venues in the area of specialization. Your research plans and publication records should illustrate a clear potential for development and attraction of external funding. Documented university-level experience in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is not mandatory, but weighs positively in the application. If you do not already hold formal pedagogical qualifications, you will receive pedagogical training equivalent to the University of Copenhagen Teaching and Learning in Higher Education program for Assistant Professors.

Associate Professor
The position requires a comprehensive publication record in high-level international peer-reviewed venues in the area of specialization as well as a track record of successful external research funding. An extensive network of international collaborations will be considered a very important asset. You are expected to have university-level competencies in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching and will be required to explain and reflect upon your own teaching practice and portfolio. You are expected to have formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen Teaching and Learning in Higher Education program. You are also expected to have managerial qualifications, for example in organizing your own research group and performing outreach activities.

Full Professor
You are expected to have a significant publication record in high-level international peer-reviewed venues in the area of specialization, a solid history of attracting significant external research funding, and an extensive international network of research collaborators. You are also required to have university-level competencies in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching and will be required to explain and reflect upon your own teaching practice and portfolio, as well as participate in strategic teaching planning. You are expected to have formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen Teaching and Learning in Higher Education program. You are expected to have significant managerial experience, for instance, in positions of service to your institution or to the community, experience in running competitive research group, as well as outreach experience.

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 and relocation expenses is possible.

Denmark protects the economic, social, and physical well-being of its workers, which includes public health care, elder care, and other generous benefits. Work-life balance is ranked high, and all employees get six weeks of paid annual vacation. A standard work week in Denmark is 37 hours.

International applicants may be eligible to apply for a lower tax rate for 7 years under the Danish tax scheme for researchers.

Assessment of applicants
We consider six overall criteria for appointments at the University of Copenhagen: research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding, and leadership. These are considered a framework for our overall assessment of the candidates. Each candidate is also assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

Please read more here:

The Tenure-Track Programme
If you are hired as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, you will be assigned a mentor who will provide you with advice related to your career development, academic topics, and administrative procedures. In addition, you will have yearly meetings with the head of department to help you with your progress.

Your progression will be featuring a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. The mid-term evaluation typically takes place after three years of employment, and the final evaluation no later than after 6 years of employment. After the 6-year period, you are expected to meet the criteria for appointment of Associate Professors at the University of Copenhagen. Performance and progression towards the criteria will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields. Upon a positive final appraisal, you will be promoted to Associate Professor, which is a permanent position.

See this page for more information about the University of Copenhagen’s Tenure-Track program.

Further information
For more information about the Department of Computer Science, please visit our website.

You are welcome to contact our Head of Department, Professor Jakob Grue Simonsen (simonsen@di.ku.dk) if you have any inquiries about the position.

Filing of application
The position may be applied for at the Tenure-Track Assistant Professor level, at the Associate Professor level, or at the Full Professor level. Please note that it is possible to apply at more than one level. If applying at more than one level, you must submit separate applications (see below).

The application, including all attachments, must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

If you are applying for the position at Tenure Track Assistant Professor level, please include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) including:Diplomas (Master's and PhD degree or equivalent)
    • Description and documentation of international network and collaborations
    • Description and documentation of relevant international activities
    • Previous positions held at universities/research institutions
    • Outreach activities, i.e., popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held as principal investigator or co-investigator, including career development grants
    • Information about other funding
  • Description of current and future research plans
  • If applicable, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications, including:Complete publication list
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

If you are applying for the position at Associate Professor or Full Professor level, please include

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) including:Diplomas (Master's and PhD degree or equivalent)
    • Description and documentation of international network and relations
    • Description and documentation of relevant international activities
    • Previous positions held at universities/research institutions
    • Outreach activities, i.e., popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held as principal investigator or co-investigator, including career development grants
    • Information about other funding
  • Description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

Deadline for applications is 1 September 2024 23:59 GMT +2

Following the application deadline, the authorized recruitment manager identifies candidates at all levels for evaluation, who will then be reviewed by the Assessment Committee. Note that being placed on the short-list is not equivalent to being assessed qualified for the position; short-listed candidates may potentially be deemed not qualified by the Assessment Committee.

A subset of the qualified short-listed candidates will be selected for a formal interview by the Recruitment Committee.

Learn more about the recruitment process.

Interviews will be held on 30 and 31 January 2025.

Please refer to the following numbers in future communication in this case:

  • Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computer Science, 211-0211/24-2N
  • Associate Professor in Computer Science, 211-0607/24-2E
  • Professor in Computer Science, 211-0280/24-2K

APPLY NOW

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.

Info

Application deadline: 01-09-2024
Employment start: 01-08-2025
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science


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