Assistant Professor of Public Health

University of Copenhagen


Assistant Professor of Public Health

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic assistant professor for a 3-year position, who is a specialist in Deep Learning to commence 1 October 2024. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a track record of using, implementing, and developing deep learning approaches. We are looking for a candidate who has experience in, but not restricted to: implementing recurrent, convolutional, generative, and self-supervised models. The ideal candidate in this post will have a balance of theoretical and applied experience with deep learning models.

Information on the group can be found at:  


Our research
The Section of Epidemiology actively contributes to advancing theoretical epidemiology, with a particular emphasis on causal inference, complexity, and life course epidemiology. Our research explores the dynamic interactions among genes, the environment, and health throughout the life course and across generations. As a Post Doc, you would become a member of The Computational and Mathematical Global Health Group, co led by Professor Samir Bhatt and Associate Professor David Duchene located at the Section of Epidemiology at University of Copenhagen. We are a world leading group that focuses on a diverse range of topics. We research at the interface between computer science, mathematics, biology, and epidemiology. The post doc position is in close collaboration with the machine learning and global health network The position will be highly collaborative and crosscut/support multiple large projects in the group.


Your job
We are looking for a specialist in deep learning. The ideal candidate for this job would have had extensive experience implementing and developing deep learning models. Your day-to-day tasks would be leading applications of deep learning models to a range of problems in the group including public health, biology, and economics. You will be in charge of implementing new architectures and developing models in tandem with other researchers in the group. The ideal candidate would already have extensive experience implementing models in common architectures such as Pytorch or Jax.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Deep learning or Machine learning
  • You are highly experienced in applying, developing and implementing a range of Deep Learning models
  • You have an active interest in machine learning and statistics
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience/knowledge of Python
  • Experience/knowledge of Pytorch/Jax/Tensorflow
  • Experience/knowledge in statistics and learning theory
  • Publications or preprints in Deep Learning/Machine Learning


Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Section of Epidemiology, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.


Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.


The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The starting date is 1 October 2024 or thereafter.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 38,575.98 DKK/approx. 5,100 EUR (April 2024 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.


Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


For further information please contact Professor Samir Bhatt, Department of Public Health,


Application procedure
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  4. List of publications
  5. Teaching portfolio (If applicable)


Deadline for applications: 1st July 2024, 23.59pm CET  

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.


The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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


The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in mid July

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.



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.


Samir Bhatt


Application deadline: 01-07-2024
Employment start: 01-10-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Public Health

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