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In announcing the position, DSE looks to strengthen its relationship with the private sector mainly through the Danish Life Science Cluster as well as health data related activities within the Digital Lead cluster and with an ambition to focus on stakeholders in Region Zealand. Simultaneously, DSE aims to develop its research and teaching in data science and algorithms within epidemiology, biology and biomedicine-related subjects. The Department is interested in applicants, whose research and teaching profile matches the above field; applicants who wants to work closely with the university’s external stakeholders in Region Zealand; and applicants who seek an interdisciplinary research and education environment. The Assistant Professor’s duties will comprise research at a high international level and a strong commitment and contribution to teaching within the field at interdisciplinary programs across the department.

DSE is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The department conducts basic and applied research within medical biology, molecular biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Bachelor and master programs are offered within these areas. Research and education within the fields takes place in a collaborative and interdisciplinary university environment also spanning collaboration with the other departments covering social sciences and humanities where relevant.

The department is organised in four Sections. The Assistant Professor will be associated to the Section of Molecular and Medical Biology and the Section of Mathematics and Physics. The Molecular and Medical Biology group conducts research and teaches in basic molecular biology topics often combined with a biomedical or application-oriented angle. The research group works in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms with research within host-pathogen interactions, antimicrobial peptides, bacterial physiology, cell biology, cancer development, structural characterizations of proteins, and metabolic disorders using a variety of molecular and biochemical techniques. DSE has a well-established shared infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment facilities such as fluorescence confocal microscopy, NGS platform, Mass-spectrometry, HPLC, NMR, cell culturing, GMO2 and Biosafety level 2 laboratories. The Molecular and Medical Biology and the Mathematics and Physics sections are engaged in interdisciplinary projects with several clinical departments at the regional hospitals. The Section of Mathematics and Physics has a strong emphasis on mathematical modelling and high-performance computing, with several interdisciplinary centers being anchored in the Section.

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Responsibilities and tasks
The assistant professor’s work will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within data science and algorithms within epidemiology, biology and biomedicine-related subjects in collaboration with other natural science areas at the Department. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also requires sharing knowledge with the rest of the society – including participation in public debate. To a limited extent, this may also include performance of other activities.

It is expected that the candidate has an aptitude for external collaboration, and Roskilde University provides the candidate with a reduced teaching load of 150 hours within the first three year to cover the commitment with one or more of the Danish cluster organisations.

As assistant professor, you are also expected to complete the educational training program for assistant professors at RUC (up to 220 hours). The training programme will give you pedagogical and didactic tools as well as familiarize you with the Roskilde University educational model called Problem oriented project learning (PPL). Applicants are referred to the university’s Faculty expectations for specifications on the required level of qualifications within research, teaching, networking, fundraising, impact and outreach etc.

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Demonstrate evidence of active engagement with stakeholders in the public and private sector in Denmark
  • Develop the field of interdisciplinary research in data science and algorithms within epidemiology, biology and biomedicine-related subjects.
  • Contribute to the development of the research profile of the department
  • Maintain a significant record of publications
  • Collaborate with colleagues in establishing a vibrant research community
  • Engage in industrial and health care collaborations
  • Participate actively in research networks and external research funding activities.
  • Teach, supervise, and assess students at BSc and MSc levels. This also implies developing the field in relation to teaching, including research-based interdisciplinary teaching in relation to projects supervision.

Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree within data science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, biophysics, or related areas. The ideal candidate matches the following characteristics:

  • International research profile within data science using clinical/biological data,
  • Documented research production at an international level,
  • Teaching experience in data science,
  • A keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.

Moreover, the ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, and be a visible involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department. At the time of appointment, successful candidates must master English for academic purposes.

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

  • Relevance of research topic(s),
  • Scientific production,
  • Research prospective and the ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • Experience with collaboration with external stakeholders,
  • Experience in teaching and education,
  • Other academic experience e.g.  from organizing research conferences or seminars,
  • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Molecular and Medical Biology Section Jesper Troelsen on tel (+45) 4674 2728/, Head of Mathematics and Physics Section Thomas Schrøder on tel (45) 4162 3462/  or Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Susanne Sørensen on tel. (+45) 4674 2111 /  

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to the Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Susanne Sørensen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

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Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Research plan (maximum 2 pages)
  4. Documentation of education
  5. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
  6. A complete list of publications
  7. A maximum of 5 relevant research publications that you want included in the assessment If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement  (find template here)

Please submit your application no later than December 12 2021.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

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