Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology University of Copenhagen, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology Denmark

Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology


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


The University seeks to appoint a tenure track assistant professor or associate professor to the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology to contribute to research within the field of drug safety, pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology from 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. We are looking for a highly motivated, dynamic, flexible, and committed person. 


Our research 

Either position within the Pharmacovigilance Research Group is headed by Professor Morten Andersen. We aim to develop innovative methods and tools that will shape the future surveillance of medicines’ safety as well as generating new evidence contributing to improve the evaluation of benefits/risks of medicines. 


We aspire to strengthen the field of pharmacovigilance as an academic and scientific discipline and to create a truly interdisciplinary research field exploiting adjacent disciplines like pharmacy, regulatory science, and pharmacometrics, as well as benefiting from the tremendous resource of big health care data from the Danish and Nordic National Registers. 


Our group collaborates with researchers in regulatory science, clinical pharmacy and clinical pharmacology. Find more information about us here: https://drug.ku.dk/research/pharmacotherapy/pharmacovigilance. 


Your job 

You will conduct independent research and teach within the focus areas: Drug safety, pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology. You will have the opportunity to contribute actively to the expansion and growth of the Pharmacovigilance Research Group. 


Your research will include backtranslational aspects relating medicine-associated risks to the molecular structure, targets, and mechanisms and genetic factors. With this knowledge, our ambition is to improve drug use and prevent drug-related problems for the benefit of public health. The position will involve interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and with (inter)national scientific groups, regulatory agencies, as well as other public and private partners. 


You will also participate in the development of the department’s teaching programme at graduate and postgraduate levels, focussing on pharmacovigilance and drug regulatory related topics in the pharmaceutical educational programs. 


As tenure track assistant professor, your responsibilities will primarily consist of: 

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination 

  • attracting external funding 

  • research-based teaching, including development of teaching, courses and course administration  

  • sharing knowledge with the rest of society 

  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors 

Your performance as tenure track assistant or associate professor will be evaluated through annual evaluations. Furthermore, you will be evaluated in a mid-track appraisal. 


After no more than six years of employment and on condition of a positive final appraisal, you will be employed as associate professor. Read more about the tenure track at the University of Copenhagen here: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/. 


As associate professor, your responsibilities will primarily consist of: 

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination  

  • attracting external funding 

  • research-based teaching, including development of teaching, courses and course administration as well as 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 

Required qualifications

For the tenure track assistant professor position, you should be able to document: 

  • a PhD degree or similar qualifications within medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, public health, biostatistics or other relevant research field 

  • research experience within drug safety, pharmacovigilance and/or pharmacoepidemiology 

  • an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or internationally recognized, great potential to make a future impact. 

For the associate professor position, you should be able to document: 

  • research qualifications achievable in a position as assistant professor within drug safety, pharmacovigilance and/or pharmacoepidemiology 

  • teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies 

  • research-based teaching

Desirable experience and skills (for either position) 

  • Experience with using big health data such as healthcare registers, electronic health records, clinical trial databases and/or spontaneous reporting systems. 

  • Qualifications within one or more of the areas: epidemiological study design and analysis, signal detection or data mining 

  • Qualifications within pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacy, data management, statistical programming, data science, biostatistics or bioinformatics will also be considered. 

  • Good interpersonal skills and an enterprising, collaborative and innovative mindset  

Place of employment 

The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology (ILF), University of Copenhagen. ILF is an international organisation with 300 employees spread over more than 30 nationalities. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. ILF provides interdisciplinary research, education and innovation within the pharmaceutical sciences at a high international level – reaching from the molecular level to the clinic.  


More information about the department can be found at  https://drug.ku.dk. 


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 please contact Professor in Pharmacovigilance Morten Andersen, +45 3533 3506, Morten.Andersen@sund.ku.dk, or Head of Department Helle S. Waagepetersen, +45 23 81 16 64, Helle.Waagepetersen@sund.ku.dk. 


Foreign applicants may find International Staff Mobility useful: http://www.ism.ku.dk. 



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

  • Motivated application (Please list at the top of your application whether you are applying for the assistant or associate professor position) 

  • Diplomas (Master’s and PhD) 

  • Full list of publications 

  • 6-year research plan 

  • A maximum of 5 publications enclosed for specific consideration in the assessment 

  • Teaching plan (Associate professor only) 

  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio) 

Concerning applications for the assistant professor position: In the online application form it is mandatory to upload a teaching plan and at least 5 publications. Should you not have a teaching plan or 5 publications please upload blank documents in these boxes. 


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 https://jobportal.ku.dk/. 


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


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. 


Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m., Thursday 4 April 2019. 


Interviews for this post are likely to be held in mid-June 2019. 

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