Associate Professor in Bioengineering

University of Copenhagen


Associate Professor in Bioengineering

Associate Professor in Bioengineering
Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM)

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint an associate professor (half time) to the Department of Immunology and Microbiology to commence on 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at:  

Our research
Research at the Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP) is focused on malaria and recently on using the learnings from malaria during pregnancy to develop novel cancer diagnostic tools and therapies. All activities are organised in thematically defined teams, each led by a senior scientist. The team leaders, the Head of CMP, and a technician representative form the daily leadership of CMP. CMP is part of a well-established international scientific network, composed of scientists in Europe, Africa, America, and Australia. More than 60 scientists and technicians are affiliated at CMP. The VAR2CSA team spans development of vaccines against malaria and other infectious diseases including COVID19 as well as research and development of novel cancer therapies and diagnostic tools. Our research facilities are located at the Panum Institute in the Mærsk Tower

Job description
The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Leading research team including laboratory technicians and master students
  • Managing larger international research and development collaborations
  • Obligation to share knowledge with society

In considering applications for the associate professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant´s ability to document a high level of original scientific work at an international level within the area of applied bioengineering and process development. Knowledge on GLP and GMP for clinical translation is imperative. A proven track record of having moved biologics forward to human testing is desired. The position will focus on bioengineering of antibody drug conjugates and immunotherapies broadly targeting cancer, with a focus on moving such forward for clinical testing in close collaboration with University hospitals.

Required qualifications
Six overall criteria apply for associate 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. Find information about each criterion here:

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to document:

  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in molecular biology or biochemistry
  • You are highly experienced in protein production, fermentation, process development, HPLC, Mass spec.
  • You have an active interest in translational research
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in GLP, GMP and coordination of CMOs
  • Knowledge in cancer biomarkers

The associate professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment
The position is a half time, permanent position.

The average weekly working hours are 18.5 hours per week.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations.

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

For further information, please contact Professor Ali Salanti,,  

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivations for applying for the position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

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

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday, 5 November 2023.



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: 05-11-2023
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Part-time
Department/Location: Department of Immunology and Microbiology
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