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DTU Space (the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark) invites applications for an associate professor position in the area of extragalactic astrophysics. 
The associate professor will play a central role in developing extragalactic astrophysics at the Cosmic Dawn Center of Excellence at DTU Space. A major focus of the Center is on far-IR and sub-millimetre extragalactic astronomy and the interplay between galaxy formation and the interstellar medium at the earliest cosmic epochs.

The ideal candidate should have an outstanding research profile in far-IR and sub-millimetre astronomy, including observational experience at major observatories. International research experience and membership of international collaborations and networks is highly desired. Preference will be given to candidates who also have a track record in theoretical and computational research within the field.

Responsibilities and tasks
The duties of the associate professor will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within astrophysics. This may also include performance of other duties. 

As an associate professor at DTU Space, you are also expected to 

  • formulate and execute observational programs on large observing facilities, e.g., VLT, ALMA, HST, and JWST
  • lead and participate in both national and international collaborations and activities associated with the Cosmic Dawn Center at DTU Space
  • teach bachelor and graduate students in the educational programs of DTU; most relevant within the fields of the program Earth and Space Physics and Engineering
  • supervise PhD students

Candidates for the position must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship.

Applicants with a strong research profile in extragalactic astrophysics, in particular far-IR and submillimetre astronomy are encouraged to apply. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU Space, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility. Finally, the candidate must document didactic/pedagogic training.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision 
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration 
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) is a new center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, and is located at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) and the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and. The center brings experts together in all aspects of early Universe galaxy evolution and is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations. 

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from section head Allan Hornstrup, mail:, +45 4525 9722.

You can read more about DTU Space at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 3 September 2019. 

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