Professor (MSO) of microbiology

Roskilde Universitet (RUC)

Ph.d. & forskning

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as professor with special responsibilities (MSO) within microbiology from 1.10.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as professor (MSO) is limited to a period of 5 years with remuneration as associate professor.

Department of Science and Environment 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.

The Molecular & 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, metabolic disorders using a variety of molecular and biochemical techniques. We have 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, and acquired a new laboratory building in 2016.

Read more here.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Professor MSO’s main tasks are to develop the field of research and to undertake research and research-based teaching within medical microbiology and bacteria-host interactions.

The professor is expected to maintain a significant record of publications, to inspire research accomplishment and to nurture a research culture within the research group. You will also be expected to secure external research funding, and participate actively in research networks. You will be required to teach, supervise and assess students at BSc and MSc levels as well as PhD students. This also implies developing the field in relation to teaching. As professor, you will be required to participate in post-doctoral training and be responsible for the supervision of assistant professors as well as take part in academic assessments. The position also requires share of knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in public debate.

Finally, you will be expected to contribute to management and leadership through engagement in the Department.

The successful candidate for the position is expected to:

  • Develop the field of research by establishing and provide external funding for a research group.
  • Undertake research and research-based teaching in medical and molecular microbiology.
  • Have experience with education in relation to projects and multidisciplinary work.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent within biology, biochemistry, biomedicine or medicine.

Qualifications within one or more of the following scientific areas are required:

  • Documented scientific qualifications such as an associate professor equivalent in relation to the above mentioned subject area(s).
  • Bacteria-host interactions.
  • Bacterial infections.
  • Meta-genomics.
  • Bacterial genetics.
  • Bacterial cell biology.
  • Molecular biology.

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. The candidate should be able to teach in English immediately and learn Danish no later than 3 years following appointment to ensure satisfactory participation in teaching activities as well as in academic and administrative activities at the university.

The ideal candidate shall have strong national and international network and have good track record of obtaining national as well as international grants.

Roskilde University has a strategic aim to be a key collaboration partner in the Zealand region and any demonstration of or participation in regional collaboration is an advantage.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to;

  • Original scientific production at an international level in relation to the above-mentioned field(s),
  • Development of the field,
  • Experience with providing adaptive leadership in the development of research and teaching,
  • The ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • Experience in teaching and education,
  • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation,
  • Proven experience in securing external research funding.
  • Excellent written and oral English fluency

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Section Jesper Troelsen on tel. (+45) 4674 2728 or email: or Head of Department Susanne Sørensen on tel. (+45) 4674 2111 or email

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week, and you will refer to Head of Department.

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.

Commencing salary will be for professor (MSO) minimum DKK 555.455,- per year (1st April 2018 level) plus pension contribution (17,1 %).

The professorship with special responsibilities (MSO) is a category where the appointment is limited to a 5-year period. On the expiry of the professorship period, the appointee is ensured employment and remuneration as an associate professor.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department 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.

To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Documentation of education

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)

5. A complete list of publications

6. A maximum of 7 relevant scientific works 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)

7. A brief description of your plans for development of the academic field in regard to both research and education (2-3 pages, including a short description of how you view your qualification in this relation)

8. Documentation of additional research qualifications, including

- experience in research management or other managerial functions

- track record in fundraising

Please submit your application no later than 15-08-2018.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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