Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences


Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences

GLOBE Institute

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


The GLOBE Institute invites applications for an Associate Professorship in Planetary Sciences at the Centre for Star and Planet Formation to commence as soon as possible.

Description of the department:
The Globe Institute is an international node of scientific excellence, composed of multidisciplinary centres of research excellence. The centres’ scientific foci concern: 1-the origins and evolution of stars and planets, 2-the origins and evolution of life and Earth’s ecosystems, 3-the origins and evolution of human diversity and 4-the origins, evolution, and treatment of disease. While the main aim of the Globe Institute is scientific advances in basic research, it also seeks to transform these into societal outputs by: 1-developing world-class multidisciplinary university level education, 2-Conducting outreach to the public, 3-Providing fact-based information for public stakeholders, policy-making, and government, 4-Integrating basic scientific advancements into applied solutions for the benefit of societal development, medical treatment, food production, and forensics. Further information about the Institute and the STARPLAN centre can be found at and

The Centre for Star and Planet Formation is a multidisciplinary research centre focused on understanding the formation of planetary systems, including the Solar System, using a multidisciplinary approach that combines astronomy, astrophysics and cosmochemistry.

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

Information on the Department can be found at:  

Job description

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 fulfil other tasks requested by the Institute.

The associate 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
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications

We seek a dynamic researcher with experience in the field of planetary sciences working on problems related to understanding the formation and earliest evolution of the solar system. The ideal candidate is expected to have strong background geochemistry and take full advantage of the state-of-the-art isotope facilities that the institution offers to pursue innovative research. These include thermal-ionization and multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (Thermo Scientific Triton and Neptune) as well as ultra-clean laboratories.  A strong, internationally recognized research record and an outstanding publication history is required. We are particularly interested in candidates with a cross-disciplinary research profile that may allow them to work at the interface between the disciplines of cosmochemistry and astrophysics. In addition, the candidate is expected to have the ability to lead a research group and secure external funds at the highest international level.

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 successful applicant should be able to document:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching
  • The associate professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

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 2013.

Gross annual, commencing salary is currently DKK 473,749 for associate professors including an annual supplement (including pension DKK 554,760).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Inquiries about the position can be made to the director of the Centre for Star and Planet Formation Prof. Martin Bizzarro at or Head of Institute Anders J. Hansen,

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


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

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 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.

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 outreach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

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, Friday 4 october 2019.



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Martin Bizzarro


Ansøgningsfrist: 04-10-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-01-2020
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Globe Institute

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