Tenure-track assistant Professor of Ornithology and Curator in Ornithology University of Copenhagen, Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Natural History Museum of Denmark Faculty of Science

211-0555 Tenure-track assistant Professor of Ornithology and Curator in Ornithology


Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate 

Natural History Museum of Denmark 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 



A tenure-track faculty position as Curator of Birds at the level of Assistant Professor is available from 1st  August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
The successful applicant will be located within the Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate (CMEC) (http://macroecology.ku.dk/) at the Section of Biodiversity, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen (http://snm.ku.dk/english/).  


The Natural History Museum of Denmark is both a Museum and a Department under the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. Through world-class natural history research, collections, teaching and public engagement, the Museum contributes to solving and explaining some of the major challenges in the field. All scientific staff members at the Museum are expected to use half of his/her time on research and the other half on curation, teaching, public engagement, and other Museum activities as agreed with the Museum leadership. 


Job description: 

Within CMEC and the museum, the successful candidate is expected to collaborate with the faculty, staff, and students on a variety of diverse research projects and to participate in institutional administration with the main task of being Curator of Birds for the large ornithological collection at the museum (120,000 specimens, 15,500 skeletons, 35,000 tissue samples; http://snm.ku.dk/samlingerne/toer-og-vaadsamlinger/zoologi/bird-collection/). We are interested in applicants that have a documented field-based research-background from either continental Euro-Asia, Africa and/or the Neotropics and who study avian biogeography, macroevolution, microevolution and/or macroecology with a focus on integrating data on phylogeny, traits, and/or species distribution with genomic data, especially intraspecific genetic variation. 


We expect that the successful candidate have: 

• An international research profile within collection based research and field-based ornithology.  

• Experience with curation of bird collections. 

• Demonstrable experience in organizing and participating in collecting activities in the field. 

• Broad taxonomic expertise in Aves. 

• Ability to integrate and thrive in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment. 

• A potential to establish a thriving research program, as documented by publications in leading journals and plans for future research 

• Research background fitting with the profile of the CMEC and the Section of Biodiversity at the museum. 

• Experience directing undergraduate or graduate student research, or display the potential to do so. 


Duties include:  

• Building a thriving research program within the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. 

• The Curation/administration of the bird collections at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, and continuation of the museum’s tradition of active collecting and specimen exchange to develop this research resource. 

• Participation through research, administration, and teaching in national and international programmes in which the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and the Section of Biodiversity are involved, and in initiation and development of such programmes at the museum. 

• Supervision of MSc projects and PhD students; teaching courses in ornithology, systematics and biogeography. 

• Participation in institutional services and other tasks requested by CMEC and the Museum. 

• Engage in the work of securing external funds at the highest international level 


CMEC and the museum are multi-cultural, and the day-to-day working language is English. At any given time, CMEC consists of ~50% international PhD, postdocs, and faculty. Copenhagen is an international city and is ranked as the one of the most livable cities in the world. There are numerous international schools to go along with the excellent public education system, state-supported healthcare, and generous holiday and pension packages. The Office of International Staff and Mobility (http://ism.ku.dk/) facilitates recruitment of international staff. 


The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, and obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within Curator of Birds.

To a limited extent the position may also include other duties. 

The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact. 




The assessment of applicants will consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field. The curatorial expertise is mandatory whereas teaching qualifications are not, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered and viewed positively. Additionally, ability to attract external funding, managerial skills, out-reach, and innovative qualifications of applicants will also be considered as well as evidence of the potential to collaborate within the over-arching research themes of CMEC and the scientists within the Section of Biodiversity and CMEC. 



Inquiries concerning the position can be directed to Professor Carsten Rahbek, Director of The Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. E-mail: crahbek@snm.ku.dk 

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. 


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. The starting salary is currently up to DKK 419,760 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 71,760). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 


The tenure-track programme 

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures. 

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term - and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.  


Criteria for promotion 

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria: 

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period 

  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications 

  • A significant track record of successful external research funding Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group  

  • Completed http://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses 

  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students  


The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  

Please include in the following order: 



  • Application letter (max 2 page), summarizing your experience and expertise. 

  • Curriculum vitae including: 

  • Please describe and document international network and relations  

  • Please describe and document internationally based activities 

  • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark 

  • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media 

  • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants. 

  • Please describe and document your experience with curation of bird collections. 

  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  

  • Research plan - Description (max. 5 pages) of current and future research plans and explicit statement about forging collaborations within CMEC and the museum  

  • Description (max 2 pages) of curatorial management and collection strategies for the bird collection at the museum 

  • If available, description (max 1 page) and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications – please describe and document: 

  • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students 

  • Teaching experience 

  • Formal pedagogical training 

  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of at least two professional references  

  • Complete publication list indicating max. 5 papers particularly relevant to the application 

  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers 


The deadline for applications is 18-03-2018. Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered. 


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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. 

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  


Interviews/trial lectures will be held 29.06.2018 


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0555. 


The Natural History Museum of Denmark (SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen) is Denmark’s largest museum within zoology, botany, and geology. The Museum is committed to collecting, registration, conservation, research, and dissemination to illuminate the natural history of Denmark and the Earth. The NHMD holds approximately 400 employees. For more information, please read more here: http://snm.ku.dk/  


The Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, is Denmark’s largest research and educational institution within nature science and has 4.400 employees and 9.000 bachelor- and master students at the 12 Departments under the Faculty. The Faculty of Science’s budget is annually 3 billion DKK. For more information about SCIENCE, please see http://www.science.ku.dk/ 

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