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Professorships in Computer Science

IT-Universitetet i København


The Computer Science Department at the IT University of Copenhagen invites applications for several full-time faculty positions at the rank of full professor. The proposed starting date is September 2019 or soon thereafter.

The IT University’s vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to ground-breaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The Computer Science Department seeks to conduct research and education that are both foundational and have impact on industry and society.

The candidate
We look to hire strong candidates holding a PhD in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or a closely related field.

The candidate must be able to conduct education and research in one of the following three areas:

  • Algorithms, including combinatorial algorithms; data structures; complexity theory; parametrized complexity
  • Information security, including construction and verification of secure systems; proofs, tools and logical foundations; trust; security-critical applications like voting systems and processes; or cryptology
  • Software engineering, including organizational and human aspects of software development; processes, methods and tools; empirical studies; contemporary industrial practices for software development and deployment.
The ideal applicant takes a combined theoretical and practical approach. Experience with interdisciplinary work, also outside computer science, is an advantage.

Job description
The professor is expected to contribute to research and education, to develop strategy, and mentor junior faculty and postdocs in the applied-for area. Moreover, the professor is expected to attract external research funding and to build external collaboration in joint research projects also with partners outside of academia.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant is expected to have a track record of delivering excellent results with regard to:
  • Research
  • PhD supervision
  • Education and curriculum development
  • Outreach outside academia, eg. to industry, other organizations, or the public
  • Research management
  • Attracting external funding.
The applicant must document results in all these directions. It must be documented that the applicant is both internationally recognized and has had an impact outside her/his peer community, for instance in collaborations with industry or other organizations outside academia.

Therefore, the responsibilities of the professor will include:
  • Develop education and teaching at the university
  • Influence the way IT is used in Denmark
  • Lead cooperation with external partners
  • Create a pipeline of external research funding
  • Develop relations to external partners, to business, government and society at large.
The application should document the applicant's background and track record with respect to the responsibilities listed above.

The application should also state any additional qualities that the candidate may possess, such as excellent communication skills, leadership skills in diverse environments, and the like.

Working at the IT University
We have an open and informal working environment and a varied everyday life. Current faculty in the Computer Science Department is rather diverse, with PhD degrees from 15 different countries. We are committed to improving the gender balance among students and among faculty, and encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

Working in Copenhagen
Copenhagen has a strong educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

Applicants must be able to read and speak a Scandinavian language or be willing to learn Danish.

General information
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time academics. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialisation of IT.

Questions about the positions can be directed to Head of Department Peter Sestoft, IT University of Copenhagen, or tel. 7218 5083.

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

The application must be in English and must include:
  • A short plan outlining and arguing for the intended research and teaching initiatives and engagements (2-3 A4 pages)
  • A memorandum stating your most important scientific work relevant to the position and your contribution to such work (2-3 A4 pages)
  • 5-10 relevant publications or other research contributions relevant for the applicant’s field
  • A numbered list of publications and other research contributions relevant for the applicant’s field. The enclosed publications/contributions should be marked with an asterisk (*)
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Information indicating experience and results in Ph.D. supervision, research management, fundraising and research cooperation
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificate etc.)
  • Documentation of pedagogical training and experience along with a teaching record relevant for the position. The teaching record should at least for each course include your official responsibility, the size of the course, the academic level, and the number of students. Include max. 5 course descriptions to document the experience.
Recognizing the diversity of traditions, methods and delivery format in the range of fields included in this call, the publications or other documented research contributions should be submitted in the format relevant for the applicant’s field. All application materials are to be submitted through the online application portal in the format of pdf documents.

The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 25 April 2008.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chairman of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Application procedure
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website:

The IT University uses tests in connection with the recruitment process.

Application deadline: 6 May 2019, at 23:59 CEST.

Applications received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline, so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.