Assistant Professor in Companion Animal General Medicine University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Denmark

Assistant Professor in Companion Animal General Medicine


Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in Companion Animal General Medicine from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fulltime position and limited to 4 years.  


Job description  

In considering applications for the assistant 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 companion animal general and internal medicine.  


Companion animal general medicine is an internationally recognized discipline within veterinary sciences and in close collaboration with the other services is considered key to the continued successful development of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science’s research and curriculum teaching. Research in companion animal general and internal medicine has become an increasingly active research area within the section. In the veterinary curriculum the students follow a large preclinical course including theoretical lectures, training in clinical examination, basic surgical skills and the problem oriented medical record. Following this course, the students rotate through different clinical courses, including a general companion animal practice course. The assistant professor will be expected to participate in these teaching activities as well as take course responsibility of one of these core courses.  Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to support the continued research based development of both the preclinical and clinical teaching and clinical services within general medicine in coordination with internal medicine when relevant.  


About us  

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences covers strong and internationally recognized research areas in basic and applied veterinary sciences. Based on these, we want to set a new standard for cross-disciplinary research, education and innovation within animal health and disease and be among the best public workplaces in Denmark. Our research supports teaching in a manner and quality securing continued national and international bench marking. The culture of the department is typical Scandinavian: a flat structure with a tradition for close collaboration where all employees are expecting openness, mutual respect, and sharing of ideas, resources and competences.  


The Section for Medicine, Oncology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology    

In the section, the core research areas include the inter-dependency between inflammation and hemostasis as part of the innate immune defense, development and validation of predictive biomarkers in companion animal and comparative medicine, clinical nutrition and metabolic consequences of obesity in dogs and cats as well as research in prudent use of antibiotics in companion animal practice. 


The assistant professor’s duties will primarily consist of: 

  • research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication within companion animal general and internal medicine 

  • research-based teaching with associated examination duties as well as clinical service within companion animal general medicine and to some extent internal medicine

  • communication of research results to the public  

  • peer assessment  

  • administration in relation to primarily teaching, research and service 

Required qualifications  

  • a PhD degree or similar qualifications in relation to the above subject area  

  • research and teaching experience within the field of the position, strong research experience in the field of companion animal general/internal medicine with a focus on prudent antibiotic use in primary veterinary practice will be preferred 

  • candidates with established national and/or international scientific network are preferred 

  • DVM degree and Danish authorization to practice veterinary medicine  

  • Documented clinical competencies on a generalist as well as at a specialized companion animal practice experience level. Candidates with clinical experience within the field of the position are preferred 

  • Documented ability to establish external collaborations and funding is preferred  

  • Ability and desire to communicate, promote and consult within companion animal general and internal medicine 

  • If the new assistant professor does not master a Nordic language, it is expected that the person concerned acquire a working knowledge of the Danish language 

The assistant professor is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills  


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 (2013).  



For further information about the post, please contact Professor Charlotte R. Bjørnvad on tel. +45 4022 4682 or e-mail  


Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: Staff Mobility) and 


The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online”, and must include the following:  

  • Application detailing the basis on which the applicant wishes his or her scientific, teaching and other qualifications to be assessed  

  • Curriculum vitae  

  • Diplomas – all relevant certificates  

  • Teaching portfolio  

  • Publications you wish to be considered in the assessment (max. 10) 

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


Please submit your application no later than 15 December 2018 


We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements. 


The further process  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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      


The application 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.


University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone. 

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