Deadline: December 04, 2017

Betina Jordan Hansen

+45 35 32 35 22

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General Description

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as Associate Professor in Biomedical Innovation Law. The position includes research-, teaching- and administrative responsibilities. The position is available from 1 March  2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
The successful candidate will be part of a new Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) supported by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The overall aim and ambition of CeBIL is to contribute to the translation of groundbreaking biomedical research into safe, effective, affordable and accessible therapies by analyzing the most significant legal challenges to pharmaceutical innovation and public health from a holistic cross-disciplinary perspective.  
CeBIL will focus on the legal framework for enhancing and regulating innovation in 5 selected cutting edge areas: Antibiotics, Orphan Drugs, Precision Medicine, New Medical Uses and Biologics Manufacturing. The results of these studies will be further analysed in a 6th Synergy study which will be carried out within a unique multi-level conceptual framework that integrates law, ethical considerations, economics, science, business and policy. 
CeBIL is hosted by the Faculty of Law and is carried out with a unique high profile network of national and international partners. We expect these to include leading experts at inter alia the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at KU, Harvard Medical School, University of Cambridge and University of Michigan. We will also collaborate with public bodies, interest organizations and industry.  

The position

The successful candidate is expected to play an active role in the build-up and development of CeBIL. In addition, the main responsibilities of the Associate Professor are:  

  • research in the academic field, including publishing and disseminating research results both nationally and internationally 
  • research-based teaching and administrative duties relating to teaching and research. 
  • development of the academic field to the highest international level and to manage and develop research-based teaching with associated examination and administrative duties, including supervision of, amongst others, master students and PhD students 
  • to participate in knowledge exchange with the surrounding society and participate in public debate, and  
  • research leadership, including procurement of research funding for research projects, submitting applications for research funding, educational guidance and supervision of assistant professors and postdocs as well as academic assessments and evaluations. 
  • further developing an international research network in biomedical innovation law. 

The Associate Professor is obligated to develop and maintain his or her competences within teaching, education and pedagogic. Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the Faculty.  
Required qualifications 
The faculty emphasizes the following:  

  • applicants must be able to document scientific qualifications within IP and/or medical law at a high international level including development of the research area. Applicants must have experience with publishing in leading international journals / by leading international publishers and experience with presenting research at the leading international conferences within their field of research 
  • furthermore, applicants must display ability and will to continue the development of the field, including development of new theory and publication of research relating to and developing the field’s international state of the art 
  • applicants must show ability to participate in research collaboration and to stimulate to the building of a strong and active research environment through research leadership, ability to attract external funding and of handling research management functions 
  • applicants must have attained a high level of teaching qualifications, including qualifications in the development of research-based programs and the implementation of research-based teaching in the field, and must have an interest in contributing to new developments in the teaching area.  

The position is permanent and therefore the Faculty expects that the appointed associate professor over time acquire skills in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish. The Faculty actively encourages and supports academic staff with little or no knowledge of written and oral Danish (or another Scandinavian language) in the effort to acquire skills in Danish. 
Applicants are encouraged to read more at the CeBIL webpage:  
Further information about CeBIL can be obtained by contacting Managing Director, Professor Timo Minssen (   
For more information, applicants are encouraged to read the memorandum “Job Structure for Academic Staff atUniversities 2013” as well as the “Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law”.  
Applicants are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the study programmes and the various courses in these, which are currently offered by the Faculty  
Salary and terms of employment as Associate Professor  
The appointment is a permanent position covered by the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In addition to the basic salary you will receive an annual supplement, currently DKK 92.881,94 (as of April 1, 2017). In addition to this, a total contribution to your pension fund equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual supplement is paid.


Letter of motivation, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications, incl. papers, articles and books, must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English. Submitted material in other languages may be included based on the Assessment Committee’s discretion, but this cannot be expected. 
The application MUST include the following 8 elements: 
1. Application / letter of motivation 
2. Curriculum vitae 
3. Diplomas. Documentation of qualifications (degrees/diplomas, etc.)  
4. Publications list. Complete numbered list of publications 
5. Teaching portfolio including documentation for teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching visions within the research area. For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen. 
6. Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publications plans and plans for applications for external funding. The plan also documents the applicant’s skills to contribute to research in one or more of the Faculty's research centres and environments, including how research can benefit the students in one or more of the Faculty's programmes.  
7. Publications. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than two (2) may be monographs. Applicants, who have written a PhD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications if the thesis is written in one of the languages mentioned below. A PhD thesis written in another language may be submitted, but the Assessment Committee is not required to assess the thesis.  
8. Co-author declaration. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case. 
In addition to the material which the applicant wishes to include in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material for the assessment of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material should this be requested.  
Application procedure 
The application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications MUST be uploaded electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed. 
We will not accept submitted scientific publications by ordinary post. 
Applications must be addressed to the Dean and uploaded electronically.  
An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.  
Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email. 
Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert Assessment Committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves. 
According to the University of Copenhagen’s “Action Plan for Career, Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management” there is to be at least one applicant of each gender before a position can be filled.  
University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.  
For further information on the process please contact academic officer Betina Jordan Hansen, +45 35 32 35 22, e-mail:  
Application deadline 
The application must be uploaded by 4 December 2017, 23:59 GMT+1.  
Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted. 
If your application does not include all the required supporting documents your application will be  
rejected and will not be considered by the assessment committee. 


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