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Tenure-Track Group Leader Position in Pancreatic Cancer Biology

Posted by , on 20 December 2017

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The University of Copenhagen, DanStem, seeks to appoint a Tenure-Track Group Leader Position in Pancreatic Cancer Biology to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) to commence April 1, 2018 or after agreement. The position is for six years with possible extension depending on the outcome of a peer review.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) is an international research center at the University of Copenhagen. The overall scientific goal is to develop new stem cell-based therapeutic approaches, currently in the area of diabetes and cancer addressing basic questions in stem cell and developmental biology and seeking to identify the factors that govern the development of different cell types in the body or new targets for anti-cancer therapy. Read about DanStem at
Job description  
We are interested in recruiting a group leader with important and original contributions and the ability to develop a strong research programme in basic and disease-oriented pancreatic cancer biology. Space will be available at the main center location at the Panum institute ( or at BRIC ( At Panum, there is an outstanding research environment for basic and translational stem cell and developmental biology research, and the main experimental platforms are localized here. At BRIC, there is an outstanding research environment for cancer biology, and two of the research groups at DanStem are located here. Both locations offer up-to-date lab and core facilities for stem cell and cancer research, competitive research support and dynamic and international environments.
The group leader is expected to:
  • Develop a strong research programme
  • Attract external research funding
  • Be interested in collaborating with other DanStem scientists and contribute to common activities at DanStem such as seminars and PhD courses
  • Be interested in training and supervision of young researchers
  • To contribute to teaching and educational activities
Terms of employment  
Appointment will be as associate professor for six years. Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.
Applicants recruited from abroad may be eligible for a special researcher taxation scheme.
Further information  
For inquiries, please contact the DanStem Director, Professor Henrik Semb, For questions regarding BRIC and the cancer research at BRIC, please contact the Director at BRIC, Professor Kristian Helin,
International applicants may find the university’s International Staff Mobility unit useful:
The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position. Please submit the application with the required attachments by clicking on “Apply online” below or via this advertisement found on
The closing date for applications is February 7, 2018.
The application for the position must be submitted in English and include the following:
  • Application including reasons for applying for this post
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant degree and educational certificates (diplomas)
  • List of publications
  • List of 5 publications you specifically wish to be considered in the assessment
  • Research plan – a concise description of previous research experience and a summary of current and proposed research (max 5 pages)
  • The online application form requires you to attach a formal teaching portfolio. This is not required for this position. Instead, documentation of your teaching and supervision experience must uploaded
Furthermore, 3 letters of recommendation should be arranged and be sent directly (subject: “GL – name of applicant”) by the recommending person.
Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at
Please note that the candidates may be asked to provide additional material. The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students (medical sciences, oral health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary medicine and animal science), app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions for the benefit of patients and the community.


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