150163 Two Senior Researchers of Forensic Chemistry

Department of Forensic Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint two senior researchers to the Department of Forensic Medicine to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at: https://sund.ku.dk/.

Job description

Management of the research activities in the field of forensic chemistry and supervision of students. The Department of Forensic Medicine serves government institutions with research-based investigations. Therefore, the candidate selected for this position must participate in requested case work for the police and civil authorities and in the development of methods suited for this purpose. All requested investigations are performed under an accreditation (ISO17025).

The senior researcher’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:       

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Development of methods to requested case work in forensic chemistry
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers, e.g. PhD-students
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments
  • Participate in requested case work in cases related to criminal investigations

Required qualifications

The candidate 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
  • Experience with requested case work in forensic chemistry
  • Experience with the work under an accreditation
  • Insight in the practices and requirements of the Danish judicial system and public government
  • Able to write and speak Danish

The candidate is supposed to have research experience with modern mass spectrometry techniques, such as liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Experience with development and programming of automated sample pre-treatment procedures using fully automated robotics units is expected. Development and programming of drug databases coupled on-line to mass spectrometry instruments are also required skills. Knowledge of application of laboratory information system (LIMS) driven processes in the laboratory is supposed.

The candidate is required to have experience with forensic case work and be able to contribute to writing forensic declarations for use in police cases.

Experience with instruction of PhD and masters students is presumed.

The senior researcher 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.


For further information, please contact Head of Section of Forensic Chemistry Kristian Linnet, Kristian.linnet@sund.ku.dk, https://sund.ku.dk/.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: https://www.ism.ku.dk/ (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

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 https://jobportal.ku.dk/.

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, Thursday 26 September 2019.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held on 16 December 2019.


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Ansøgningsfrist: 26-09-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-02-2020
Afdeling/Sted: Retsmedicinsk Institut

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