Professor of Biostatistics (KU SUND)

22. september, 2020


The University seeks to appoint a professor of biostatistics to the Department of Public Health to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Department of Public Health can be found at The position as professor belongs to the Section of Biostatistics which conducts biostatistical research and development, participates in medical research projects and offers biostatistical advice to PhD students and staff in all disciplines of the Faculty of Health Sciences, to those engaged in experimental and clinical medicine, public health and odontology. The section’s methodological research covers most areas of biostatistics, but is particular focused at event history analysis, latent variable models, causal inference, trial design, statistical computing, and epidemiological methods. The applied statistical collaboration covers all areas of medical research and ranges from short consultations to collaborative projects lasting several years. The section teaches biostatistics within all pre-graduate programs of the Faculty well as courses in the PhD programme of the Faculty. More information available at

Job description

When considering applications for the professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant’s ability to document a high level of original scientific work at an international level within the focus areas of the section as detailed above. This will include a track record of developing novel biostatistical tools (preferably including both analysis of mathematical properties as well as implementation aspects) as well as a track record of successfully enter collaborations with other medical researchers such that the developed biostatical tools create real impact on medical research.

The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

Research, including publication/academic dissemination Research-based teaching, including associated examination Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers and management Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate and providing specialized statistical advising to media, public institution and similar Academic assessments Creating new collaborations with other fields/researchers with in medical research, which can ensure that the methodological research of the section remains relevant and useful for applied medical researchers. Over time some of these collaborations are expected to lead to joint applications for research funds.

Required qualifications

The successful applicant should be able to:

  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline
  • Document considerable experience with manage research and researchers as well as other management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer
  • Provide research-based teaching and statistical consulting.

The professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criteria here:

Terms of employment 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 organisations.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

Questions For further information, please contact Head of Department Steffen Loft,,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).


The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Application, including motivation for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding Diplomas (Master’s, PhD and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications Research plan (3‐5 pages) Uploads of maximum 10 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:


Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. 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 applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

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 University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held on 11 January 2021

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.