Associate Professor of RNA Biology

University of Copenhagen Biotech Research and Innovation Centre


Associate Professor of RNA Biology

Biotech Research and Innovation Centre

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor to the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Centre can be found at

The job

The Lund group wishes to recruit an Associate Professor in RNA Biology.  You will undertake a leading research role in the area of RNA biology and protein translation with a particular focus on ribosome heterogeneity and specialised functions. Thus, it is favourable that the candidate has previous research experience in aspects related to ribosome biology and regulation of translation in health and disease. You will assist in the running and management of the group and be involved in developing local and international collaborations and multidisciplinary research projects and in our on-going efforts to procure additional funding. You will also engage in core centre activities such as research-based teaching, talent and technology development to advance BRIC’s research environment and culture.

The Associate Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Perform research at an international high level
  • Run a research program investigating aspects of translational control at an excellent level
  • Initiate and co-manage national and international collaborations to further research programs within the group
  • Optimisation and development of state-of-the-art methodologies to drive breakthroughs with focus on exploiting innovative potentials
  • Perform research leadership, including guidance and supervision of junior researchers
  • Preparation of funding applications
  • Dissemination of research results through publication and conferences
  • Research-based teaching
  • Share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Contribute to common activities at BRIC and at Faculty level

The candidate profile

Your background includes a PhD degree and more than 4 years of postdoctoral training. You should have a sound knowledge and strong publication record particularly in one or more fields related to ribosome heterogeneity, functional specialization of ribosomes and regulation of translation. You are expected to have experience in molecular methods for investigating ribosome biology and regulation of translation. The Associate Professor is also expected to possess excellent interpersonal and communicative skills and to contribute to develop the research environment and culture at BRIC.

Experience and skills in one or more of the following fields is required:

  • RNA biology and RNA modifications
  • Computational analysis and statistical evaluation of `omics’ datasets
  • Cancer biology and model systems
  • Developmental biology and cell differentiation
  • Method development

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 permanent

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 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, please contact Head of Department Anders H. Lund,,

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 information about external funding (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, 5 October, 2022.


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: 05-10-2022
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Bric

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