Associate Professor of Bone Biology of Osteoporosis and Cancer Osteolysis

University of Copenhagen Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Associate Professor of Bone Biology of Osteoporosis and Cancer Osteolysis (Fixed-term, 3 years)

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor in a fixed-term, three year position to the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at:  

Job description

The Associate Professor is expected to develop a program addressing the major public health problem of osteoporosis and cancer related bone loss from a basic biology point of view. It is generally accepted that mesenchymal stem cells of the bone marrow exhibit a multipotent differentiation repertoire involving both bone and fat and that the choice of path is subject to pharmacological intervention. However, while the insight into the mechanisms of lineage differentiation is increasing, further translational research requires highly sophisticated preclinical model systems and the ability to narrow down potential drug targets based on understanding of the relevant signalling pathways and epigenetic regulation. Therefore, further advancing the field will rely heavily on both reproducible cell based assays and relevant mouse genetics. The successful candidate should use both in vitro and in vivo models based on mesenchymal stem cells and transgenic mouse models. Funding of the research program must be obtained prior to commencement of the appointment. The candidate is expected to contribute to the departments teaching activities.

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

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 criteria here:

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.

Terms of employment

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

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 2020.


For further information, please contact Head of Department Ole William Petersen,, telephone +45 28757284.

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


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

  • Application, including information about external funding (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, 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:

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.

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 29 October 2021.


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.


Ole William Petersen


Application deadline: 29-10-2021
Employment start: 01-04-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine