The Department of Science Education seeks an excellent scholar for an associate professorship in higher education research, with a specialization within teaching and learning in university science programs. Preferably, the associate professor’s research will focus on students and/or teachers’ professional development within science programs.

The associate professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact. The Department collaborates closely with other departments at the Faculty of Science, and applicants should have sufficient competences in the natural sciences to develop and participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmental and/or research projects concerning teaching at other departments.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies, and they must be able to explain and reflect upon their own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff, and participation in pedagogical development projects at UCPH. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department. Teaching duties include co-teaching courses together with colleagues from the department. In particular, the associate professor will, in collaboration with colleagues, conduct teaching in the ‘Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme’ (UP) – this includes pedagogical supervision of university teachers (primarily from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health). Teaching duties also involve teaching in the course ‘Introduction to University Pedagogy’ (IUP) as well as other in-service training courses for faculty. In addition, the successful applicant may also supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their level of documented, reflected, and research based teaching qualifications within the prioritized areas of teaching. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered. 

The section pursues research into the teaching, learning and assessment of scientific and mathematical knowledge and competences at all educational levels. This position will be placed in the research group “University Science Education”. In close relation to this, the section also participates in several development projects at the University of Copenhagen and externally within a wide variety of sectors. It is a hallmark of our research to unite strong fundamental and applied research with high impact in society.

Further information on the Department is linked at

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Hanne Andersen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

The position is open from February 15, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment 

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  

Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 455,206 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 77,840). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include  

- Curriculum vitae including information about external funding  

- Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  

- Research plan – description of current and future research plans  

- Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines 

- A short (approx. 3 pages) document that outlines the applicant’s (a) experiences from a selection of relevant developmental work within higher education; (b) reflections on specific possibilities and challenges concerning training university teachers who teach science students; and (c) experiences from or reflections on co-teaching courses as part of larger teacher teams.  

- Complete publication list 

- Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 17 Sept 2017, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 23 January 2018.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0521. 

 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.

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