Associate Professor of Neuro-Medicinal Chemistry

University of Copenhagen Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology


Associate Professor of Neuro-Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor to the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology to commence 1 October 2020 as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at: and  

Job description

The candidate will establish an internationally competitive research group within Neuro-Medicinal Chemistry. The challenge of the research group is to define, initiate and lead ambitious medicinal chemistry research projects within the field of discovery of small-molecule ligands for protein-protein interactions (PPIs) in the CNS at the highest international level. The research group will establish strong collaborations nationally and internationally to fuel research and development, teaching and education. The research group will be affiliated to the Discipline of Medicinal Chemistry at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology.

The work will take advantage of and continuously develop state-of-the-art medicinal chemistry methodology used in ligand design (e.g., fragments-based drug design, computational ligand design, and structure-based ligand design) The responsibilities of the Associate Professor will primarily be to:

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Develop, organize and conduct research-based teaching within the field of organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and topics related to pharmaceutical sciences, 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
  • Engage in outreach and innovation activities both within the Department and toward academia and industry in general
  • Academic assessments

See also Criteria for recognising merit – University of Copenhagen.

Required qualifications

The successful applicant should 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.

Desired qualifications

  • Document a scientific track record within the field of discovery of small-molecule entities for PPIs in the CNS
  • Document experience with state-of the art methodologies in medicinal chemistry, in particular fragment-based drug design, computational medicinal chemistry, and structure-based design
  • Document experience with qualifying compounds for in vivo animal studies
  • Develop, organise and conduct research-based teaching
  • Document ability to attract funding

In addition, it will add positively if the candidate has documented experience with innovation, technology transfer procedures, patent writing, and commercialization of scientific results.

Terms of employment

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance 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 on the position, please contact Head of Department Helle Waagepetersen, phone +45 23811664, email:

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 this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • 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. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Monday 25 May 2020.


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: 25-05-2020
Employment start: 01-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Lægemiddeldesign og Farmakologi

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