Professor of Molecular Neuropharmacology

University of Copenhagen Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Professor of Molecular Neuropharmacology

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a professor to the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology to commence as soon as possible.

At the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology ( we work in a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Science and Life Science. We prioritize development of sustainable, meaningful and high impact knowledge and skills for society and the world in order to take active part in shaping the future and solving the challenges of tomorrow. We strive to form a sharing environment where we work towards common goals and unlock our full potential by working together in a responsible academic community.

Job description

A professor at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is a committed and responsible member of our academic community providing research, education, innovation and outreach activities to the society.  The successful applicant will be an active member or leader of one of our interdisciplinary research clusters and disciplinary teaching groups. We aspire to facilitate research across complementary and synergistic research disciplines. The research clusters provide a departmental framework for scientific collaboration at high international level, and facilitate an inspiring scientific working environment.

The applicant should have a strong background in molecular neuropharmacology investigating mechanism-of-action of receptor/transporter function related to neurotransmission, for details see “Desired qualifications”. Additionally, a proven track-record of developing academic courses at the pre and post graduate level is required.

The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination of results to the scientific community and to the general public
  • Develop, organize and conduct research-based teaching, including associated examination, within the field of pharmacology
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of students and researchers
  • Engage in outreach and/or innovation activities both within the Department and towards academia and industry in general
  • Being a committed and dedicated member of the Department’s academic community
  • Obligation to share knowledge with society, e.g. participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications

Six overall criteria apply for 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:

The applicant must be able to document:

  • original academic production at high international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline within: research, teaching, innovation and outreach
  • leadership and/or management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer
  • development, organisation and conduction of research-based teaching within pharmacology as well as supervision of students

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

Desired qualifications:

(i) An established record in one or more fundamental aspects of molecular neuropharmacology. Examples include studies of ligand-receptor interactions, development and pharmacological characterization of novel pharmacological tool compounds and delineation of molecular mechanism-of-action of receptor/transporter function related to e.g. receptor activation, substrate transport, signaling and allosteric modulation.

(ii) Potential to establish a research program with focus on the molecular pharmacology of neuronal receptors, transporters and/or proteins regulating these, and the study of molecular mechanisms underlying diseases by e.g. studies of genetically modified mice.

(iii) Demonstrated ability to develop novel reagents or technologies that are of broad applicability or yield new insights into molecular mechanisms relevant to pharmacology.

(iv) Capacity to instigate and participate in collaborative science involving scientists across scientific disciplines (e.g. medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, structural biology, and cellular and molecular biology), which is crucial given the highly interdisciplinary nature of today’s research.

(v) Training and documented expertise in development of courses and teaching in a broad range of pharmacological topics from the molecular to the systems level.

(vi) Engagement in innovation activities and ability to transform scientific discoveries into novel innovations, e.g. demonstrated by a track-record of patent applications and/or establishing spin-out companies.

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 2020.


For further information, please contact Head of Department Helle Waagepetersen,, or see //

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 motivation for applying for this position (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 10 publications to be considered in the assessment process
  • 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 on for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific position. 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, Sunday, 24 January 2021.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held in week 14 or 15; 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.


Application deadline: 24-01-2021
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Lægemiddeldesign og Farmakologi
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