Associate Professor of Immune Cell Exhaustion and Virus Adaptation in Human Viral Infections

University of Copenhagen Department of Immunology and Microbiology


Associate Professor of Immune cell exhaustion and virus adaptation in human viral infections (fixed term 5 years)

(Fixed-Term, 5 Years)

Copenhagen Hepatitis C Program (CO-HEP)

Department of Immunology and Microbiology 

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor of Immune cell exhaustion and virus adaptation in human viral infections to the Copenhagen Hepatitis C Program (CO-HEP), Department of Immunology and Microbiology to commence as soon as possible. The position is limited to 5 years. 

CO-HEP is a joint research program between the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre.

Information on the Department can be found at:  

Job description

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 on an international level within the area of virology and molecular immunology. Emphasis will be placed on fostering of local, national, and international collaborative studies that involve associated fields. Here, the synergy with translational research at Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, is of particular importance, and it is essential that the applicant has experience in basic and translational studies performed in collaboration with clinicians. 

The focus of research is immune cell exhaustion and recovery in response to human viral infections with a special focus on original research in T-cell immunology, and the potential of viral adaptation to those immune responses by the study of virus evolution and how that affect disease progression and immune status. This topic will be examined by advanced transcriptomics and sequencing approaches that can be targeted to the virus specific immune cells and the virus itself. Thus, it is expected that the candidate has a strong background in studies of hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, SARS-CoV-2, and related viruses, and has ambitions to drive an innovative approach using state-of-the-art methodology to uncover immune cell function and possible exhaustion in animal models and infected patients with acute and chronic viral infections in addition to advanced viral sequencing approaches. Applicant experience in studies involving virology, virus evolution, antiviral treatment, and immunology methods based on next generation sequencing and bioinformatics is highly desirable.

Academically, the candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching in the course of “Immunology and Microbiology” at the Master of Science of Human Biology, “The Immune Response to Infection” at the Master of Science in Immunology and Inflammation, and “Medical Microbiology” at the Medicine bachelor education.  The candidate is furthermore expected to supervise and mentor bachelor, master, and PhD students in relation to their research activities.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

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:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

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

Terms of employment

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 5 years.

The average weekly working hours are 37 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 Jens Bukh,

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, 8 February 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: 08-02-2023
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Immunologi og Mikrobiologi

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