Professor of Computational Astrophysics
University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute

Professor of Computational Astrophysics

Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Computational Astrophysics group at the Astrophysics and Planetary Science section, part of the Niels Bohr Institute, invites applications for a two-year professorship in computational astrophysics for 7,5 hours per week on average.


We are seeking a highly motivated individual with expertise in computational star and planet formation, and solar physics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to guide more junior fellows, participate in outreach activities, and organize international meetings.


The Computational Astrophysics group at the Astrophysics and Planetary Science section has a long tradition of realistic computational modelling with a strong theoretical foundation in a broad range of astrophysical subjects. The interests in the group includes star formation, planet formation, solar physics, collision-less plasmas, computational astrochemistry, and synthetic observations. We have strong ties to the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Niels Bohr International Academy, the young stars group at NBI, and the cosmo-chemists at the Globe institute.


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.


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 can also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.


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 out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.


The research of the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Group addresses some central questions in the evolution of matter in the Universe; How do stars form? How do planets form and evolve? Under which conditions might life emerge and evolve? We pursue these questions with the help of state-of-the-art telescope facilities through Denmark’s membership of ESO and ESA, and with access to one of largest HPC facilities dedicated to astrophysics in Scandinavia hosted at the faculty of Science.


Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Institutleder, Jan W. Thomsen,


The position is open from May 1st, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.


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


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.


Commencing salary is currently


For Professors - DKK 626.311 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 107.099)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.


Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 2 January 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

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


Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 30 March 2020.


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0004/19-2K.



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.



Application deadline: 02-01-2020

Employment start: 01-05-2020

Working hours: Full time

Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institute

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