Professor of Programming Language Design and Implementation

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU) invites applications for a professorship in the Design and Implementation of Programming Languages. Full professors are expected to make a significant contribution to leadership in their field within the Department of Computer Science. They must be strongly engaged in research, teaching, outreach activities, and the mentoring of young researchers.The professor will join the department’s Programming Languages and Theory of Computation (PLTC) Section (  The section's research involves a wide range of topics covering programming language theory (e.g., semantic, logical and algorithmic aspects of programming and formal verification) and applications (e.g., computer security and privacy, systems, distributed ledger technology, and fintech).

The PLTC section is part of a vibrant and expanding research environment ( at the University of Copenhagen, with a variety of collaboration opportunities across different areas of computer science and other fields of research.

Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record in the general area of design and implementation of programming languages, including research publications at premier venues within the area. All outstanding applicants within the general area will be considered, but research areas of special interest include:

  • Advanced techniques for efficient implementation of high-level programming languages, specifically functional programming languages (e.g., automatic memory management, large-scale program optimization, formally verified compilation/transformation, code generation for modern computer architectures).
  • Type systems, module systems and programming abstractions for high-performance data-parallel programming languages.
  • -Design and implementation of domain-specific languages for various areas of application, specifically finance or economics.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked number 1 in the European Union (post Brexit) by Shanghai Ranking.

The department offers a friendly and thriving international research and working environment with opportunities to build up internationally competitive research groups. Working conditions at the University of Copenhagen support a healthy work-life balance and Copenhagen is a family friendly capital city.

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., health sciences.

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. It is preferred that the applicant has a wide-range of research-based teaching experience on all levels of the university education.

Selection Criteria

  • A research doctorate or equivalent in Computer Science, applied mathematics, statistics, or another relevant field.
  • A demonstrated relevant world-class track record of high quality research and scholarship as evidenced by publications in internationally leading journals and conferences.
  •  A track record of leadership, including leading of a research group, effective management of academic staff, organization of workshops and conferences, and involvement in outreach activities.
  • A track record in attraction of research funding from competitive grant agencies and other sources including industry.
  • Drive, energy, and a vision for building and leading a world-class research group.
  • Demonstrated capacity to teach effectively across a range of subjects, including the capacity to supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and develop curriculum and learning resources. Experience in interdisciplinary teaching will be an advantage. 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.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other researchers, students, and technical-administrative staff.
  • Relevant international experience will be an advantage.

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.

The professor is expected to secure competitive external funding and build an internationally recognized research group.

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.

Further information on the Department is linked at

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section, Professor Jakob Grue Simonsen (; cell phone +45 6075 7989) and Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (; cell phone +45 2460 0599).

The position is open from 1 January 2021 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 DKK 631.596 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 108.003)

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)
  • Complete publication list including links to author’s page with DBLP and Google Scholar
  • Research statement  – description of research including plans for the future. This should include a short description of 5 selected papers.
  • Copies of the above 5 selected papers (in separate reprints)
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines

The deadline for applications is Sunday 2 August 2020, 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 16 November 2020.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0044/20-2K


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.