Tenure-track assistant Professor within Algorithms (211-0015/18-2N) – University of Copenhagen

Tenure-track assistant Professor within Algorithms (211-0015/18-2N)

The Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU), Denmark, seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship within algorithms.

The Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU is headed by Professor Mikkel Thorup. The group is prolific at the topmost conferences like STOC, FOCS, and SODA (we had 10 papers accepted for SODA’18 and Thorup is PC chair for FOCS’18).  Adding to the excitement, we have the center Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) which also involves the IT-University of Copenhagen. The aim is to attract top talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithmic thinking. While the focus of BARC is algorithms theory, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

The successful candidate will get a faculty position at DIKU provided that the criteria for promotion are met, and will participate in BARC, enjoying the inspiration from the many PhD students, Postdocs, and visitors.  

The tenure-track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties.

The tenure-track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact. 

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered. 

The position is open from 1 June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section, Professor Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk) or Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (madsn@di.ku.dk). 

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


The candidates must have  

  • a PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent 
  • demonstrated strength within algorithm with a solid publication record at the top conferences STOC, FOCS, and SODA.

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.  

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.952).  

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

The tenure-track programme 

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.  

Criteria for promotion 

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria: 

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications inhigh-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period 
  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications 
  • A significant track record of successful external research funding
  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group  
  • Completed https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses 
  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students  

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

Please include  

  • Curriculum vitae including: 
    • Please describe and document international network and relations  
    • Please describe and document internationally based activities 
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark 
    • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media 
    • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants. 
  • Diplomas: Master and PhD degree or equivalent. If you have not yet defended your PhD thesis, please enclose a declaration from your supervisor on expected submission and defense of PhD thesis  
  • 2 recommendation letters 
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans  
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document: 
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students 
    • Teaching experience 
    • Formal pedagogical training 
    • Complete publication list and links to author pages with DBLP and with Google Scholar citations 
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers 

The deadline for applications is 1 January 2019, 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.  

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 12 April 2019 

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0015/18-2N 


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