Associate Professor of Software Engineering

We are looking for outstanding applicants in all areas of software engineering, but research areas of special interest include: Model-driven software engineering, Formal Methods in Software Engineering, Requirements engineering, Process-aware Information Systems Engineering, Software Architecture, Software testing and verification, Security and Privacy by Design, Software engineering and AI, Empirical software engineering, Software development processes.

The successful applicant will become part of the department's section for Software, Data, People & Society (SDPS). The SDPS section's research is concerned with research in technologies & methods for the development of effective & trustworthy software systems and management of data, designed for and by the people that develop and use the systems, often in an inter-disciplinary context. 

The candidate is expected to meet the following criteria:

  • A strong publication track record, including a significant number of corresponding authorships
  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications
  • Demonstrated success in achieving external research funding
  • Demonstrated clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group
  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

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

The department values interdisciplinary research and teaching and is actively involved in several cross- faculty research projects and educational programmes. Thus, the successful candidate must be capable of and interested in facilitating cross-disciplinary interactions both within the Computer Science Department and across the University. The candidate is expected to engage in interdisciplinary teaching, including courses for students with a non-technical background, e.g., the humanities or health sciences.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

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 documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

The section for software, data, people & society currently focus on database systems and management, distributed systems and ledgers (e.g. blockchain), security and privacy, process modelling and intelligence (e.g. process mining), computer-supported collaborative work, health informatics, human- computer interaction, and information systems development.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of SDPS Section, Professor Thomas Hildebrandt (, cell phone: +45 3142 5279) and Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (, cell phone: +45 2460 0599). 

The position is open from 1 February 2020 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 473.749 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 81.011). Negotiation for salary supplement and a starting package 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
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 September 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 22 November 2019

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0100/19-2E


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