Associate Professors of Neuroscience

University of Copenhagen


Associate Professors of Neuroscience

Department of Neuroscience

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint two associate professors to the Department of Neuroscience to commence on 01-01-2025 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Information on the Department can be found at:

Job description
The department offers a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative environment, with a commitment to research excellence and a thriving teaching program in neuroscience and pharmacology. The Department houses >25 groups working in different areas of neuroscience. Information about current staff can be found at  

The successful candidate will develop and lead an internationally recognized and primarily external-funded research program, contribute to our mission of education and service, and play an active role in the Department’s development.

Applicants should have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree with relevant postdoctoral training and a demonstrated track record of outstanding accomplishments. The primary selection criterion for the appointment is excellence. The associate professor is expected to be an expert within neuroscience and to have already obtained experience as a research leader. Applicants from any subfield in neuroscience are welcome to apply.

The associate professors’ responsibilities in the Department will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination.
  • Teaching:
    • Position 1 (neuroscience): Teaching and examination of medical students and neuroscience master students in the general neuroscience curriculum
    • Position 2 (pharmacology): Teaching and examination of primarily medical students in neuropharmacology and general pharmacology

Please state in the application which position(s) you are applying for.

  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of students at all levels.
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate.
  • Academic assessments and similar.
  • Actively contribute to the development of the department.

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:

We expect that each applicant can document the following requirements for the position:

  • Experience as an independent research leader.
  • International recognition in the field.
  • Prior success with obtaining research funding as a research leader.
  • Research publications based on work led by the applicant and with the applicant as lead author.
  • Teaching qualifications, experience and pedagogical competencies at the university level. The candidate is expected to be able to communicate in Danish within 3-6 years after the appointment.


Furthermore, entrepreneurship will be positively considered (although it is not a requirement) in line with university’s innovation strategy

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

Terms of employment
The position is a permanent position. 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 Head of Department Ulrik Gether,

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 detailed information about external funding (for each grant clearly indicate role as PI, co-PI or other) and invited/oral presentations at international conferences.
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages) including a description of equipment and facilities
  • A complete list of publications with up to five papers to be included in the assessment clearly marked and with links to the full published paper.
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:
  • Names of 3 person that can be contacted as points of reference

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 in this post to apply. Equity and diversity are essential for the academic environment, and we seek candidates who value and are committed to both.


Please submit the application with the required attachments. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday July 14 2024.


Interviews for this position are likely to be held in October 2024.


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: 14-07-2024
Employment start: 01-01-2025
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Region Hovedstaden

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