Assistant Professor in Molecular medical biology

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as assistant professor in molecular medical biology from 1 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to 3 years.

In announcing the position, DSE looks to strengthen its research in molecular medical biology. The Department is interested in applicants, whose research and teaching profile includes an active interest in applied research and innovative projects within the field in combination with an interest in building interdisciplinary research and education collaboration. We expect you to be willing and able to teach broadly within the subject at bachelor and master level.

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 comprising the research and education activities.

The assistant professor will be part of the Section for Molecular and Medical Biology. This Section comprises at the moment sixteen professors, associate professors and assistant professors as well as a varying number of PhD-students, postdoc’s., technicians etc with a total staff number around 40. 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, and acquired a new laboratory building in 2014 and a fully renovated lab building in 2020.

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Responsibilities and tasks

The assistant professor’s main tasks are developing the field of research and undertaking research and research-based teaching within molecular medical biology and molecular diagnostics in collaboration with other natural sciences such as chemistry and/or physics.

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.

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Develop the field of interdisciplinary research between two or more of the follow subjects: Molecular biology, medical biology, molecular diagnostics, chemistry, and physics.
  • 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.

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).


Required qualifications

You must hold a PhD degree or equivalent within molecular biology, biochemistry, biomedicine or chemistry or in the interface between these fields.

Documented research qualifications within one or more of the following scientific areas are required:

  • Microbiology and virulence
  • Molecular diagnostics, e.g. early diagnostics
  • Medical biology
  • Micro- and nanotechnology in a biomedical context

In addition, an active interest in applied research and innovative projects within the field and related fields is required. At the time of appointment, successful candidates must master English for academic purposes.

Additional qualifications

Documented teaching experience within one or more of the above fields will be seen as a strong advantage as will a keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.

Documented experience with interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations will also be seen as an advantage as will experience with clinical collaboration.

In addition, it will be seen as an advantage if you can also contribute to research and teaching within one or more of these areas:

  • In vitro and in vivo models
  • Medicinal chemistry/physical chemistry

The ideal candidate must be enterprising, 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 as well as with industry and the health sector.


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

  • research topic,
  • scientific production at an international level,
  • research prospective and the ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • 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


Potential applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark (taxation, healthcare etc) at

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Section Jesper Troelsen n tel. (+45) 4674 2728 / 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.


To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include: * Cover letter

  • CV
  • Documentation of education
  • Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University

) * A complete list of publications

  • A maximum of 5 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 ( ). * A maximum of 2 pages motivating how the applicant’s profile matches the position within research and education

Please submit your application no later than 1 March 2021

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.

Roskilde Universitet

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