Associate Professor of Stem Cell Biology
University of Copenhagen Danstem

Associate Professor of Stem Cell Biology

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem)
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are seeking a junior group leader candidate with an impressive track record and a compelling vision for independent research on the role of mechanotransduction in stem cell and tissue homeostasis.

DanStem’s current mission is to achieve a quantitative understanding of cell behavior during development, homeostasis and disease, and we particularly encourage applications from scientists who have quantitative or computational facets to their future plans. Information on the Department can be found at  

Job description

As a group leader, you will initiate a new independent research program within the field of mechanotransduction and stem cell biology, with focus on how mechantransduction interfaces with conventional signal transduction to dictate the choices stem cells make to either renew or differentiate. In particular we are interested in the stem cell populations that support epithelia and how stem cell populations are influenced by the way in which the epithelium experience mechanical force.

DanStem provides a generous support package for the group leader, which includes salary of the group leader, support to other personnel, consumables and modern laboratory and office facilities. The group leader is expected to complement this budget through other national or international grants and/or industrial collaborations. In addition, the group leader is expected to engage in multidisciplinary research collaborations with other DanStem research groups other research groups within the Copenhagen area.

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

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.

Terms of employment

Employment is for 6 years and scheduled as soon as possible or upon agreement. 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 Executive Director Henrik Semb,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).


Submit your application in English including the following required 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, Wednesday 13 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: 13-05-2020
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Danstem

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