162069 Associate Professor in ‘Genome-wide early embryo epigenomics’ (Fixed-Term 2 years)

Associate Professor in ‘Genome-wide early embryo epigenomics’ (Fixed-Term, 2 years)

At the Center for Chromosome Stability

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine


Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 

University of Copenhagen 


A fully funded fixed-term Associate Professor position is available in the Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS, www.ccs.ku.dk) in a research group headed by Assoc. Prof. Mads Lerdrup. The post is available from January 15th, 2025 (or at a mutually agreed date). The appointment is for a fixed term and expires January 14th, 2027. Highly motivated and committed candidates with interest within the areas of mammalian embryo development, epigenetics, genomics, computational biology, DNA damage repair and infertility are encouraged to apply.


The CCS is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and its mission is to advance our understanding of how chromosomal instability causes human disease. The CCS is embedded at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (www.icmm.ku.dk). The working language of the CCS is English. In addition, the group is a part of the Norwegian Centre for Embryology and Healthy Development (CRESCO www.cresco.uio.no/).


The Lerdrup group seeks to understand how inbuilt genomic conflicts of interests are handled by mammalian organisms. In particular, the role of regulatory and epigenetic mechanisms in successful transition from gamete to embryo, and how divergent uses of the same DNA-template are coordinated. Our research is multidisciplinary and collaborative, and centers on computational studies of functional, structural, comparative genomics, and transcriptomics.

The research in the Lerdrup group is generously supported by a Novo Nordisk Foundation Biomedical project grant, the DNRF, and the Norwegian Research Council. More information on the group can be found at https://ccs.ku.dk/research/lerdrup-group/.


Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine focuses on basic cellular and molecular biological processes, their regulation and their significance for cell function, interaction, and organisation in tissues. The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate teaching programs spanning cell biology, genetics and basic human biology, including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, as well as anatomy. More information on the Department can be found at http://www.icmm.ku.dk

Job description 

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of: 

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination.
  • Research-based teaching, including pregraduate and postgraduate teaching, course organization, and associated examination.
  • Research supervision of students and junior group members.  

Required qualifications  

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 criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

Furthermore, each applicant must 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.

The successful applicant should be able to document: 

  • Research qualifications achievable in a position as assistant professor or equivalent within the subject area. 
  • Considerable experience with teaching, including research-based teaching. 
  • Documentable development of pedagogical competences.
  • A deep understanding of biology and experience with diverse fields. 
  • Bioinformatics expertise, including analysis of high throughput genomics/epigenomics and phylogenetics. 
  • Experience with genome-wide analysis of, for example, ChIP-seq and WGBS, in relation to underlying genome sequences and evolutionary changes. 
  • Experience in bioinformatics with low-input samples.
  • Wet-lab insight and experience and integration of experimental and computational biology.  
  • Considerable experience with the publication process. 

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


The working language of the department is English and, consequently, the successful applicant must possess excellent skills in written and spoken English. 


Place of employment 

The initial place of employment will be at the Center for Chromosome Stability at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.  


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 Associate Professor Mads Lerdrup, mlerdrup@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, and 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 5 publications to be considered in the assessment  
  • Teaching plan 
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio



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, 4 August 2024.

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 organization – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.



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Ansøgningsfrist: 04-08-2024
Ansættelsesdato: 15-01-2025
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Region Hovedstaden

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