Assistant/Associate Professorship in Computational Complexity Theory

University of Copenhagen Department of Computer Science

Denmark

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professorship in computational complexity theory Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship or an Associate Professorship in computational complexity theory.

We are looking for an outstanding researcher with an innovative mind-set and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile of the Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU. This is part of an exciting environment including the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre, joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and involving extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Lund University on the Swedish side of the Oresund Bridge. We aim to attract top talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory, but we also have a track record of start-ups and surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is currently number 2 in the European Union (post-Brexit) according to the Shanghai Ranking.

The Department of Computer Science offers a friendly and thriving international environment with excellent opportunities to build up an internationally competitive research group. There are many funding options for getting started on research in Denmark, and the department has an experienced research support unit that offers mentoring and assistance when applying for funding. Further information on start packages and recruitment grants offered by Danish private and public foundations is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/research/recruitment-grants-and-start-packages/experienced-researchers/.

Copenhagen is one of the 10 most livable cities in the world with a rich culture (https://www.visitcopenhagen.com). Family life is made easy by a publicly supported daycare and healthcare systems, dual career opportunities, parental leave, and six weeks of annual vacation. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark at www.workindenmark.dk. Useful information is also available at the International Staff Mobility office (https://ism.ku.dk), which offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen.

Description of the position
This is a position in theoretical computer science, or, more specifically, in computational complexity theory. Candidates are expected to publish in the premier venues within theoretical computer science, such as STOC, FOCS, and CCC, or in journals of comparable quality, such as JACM or SICOMP. Interdisciplinary work applying complexity theory to other areas is viewed as an additional asset but is not necessary.

Work duties include own research, development of the scientific field, research assessment tasks, research grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful candidate will also teach and supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other department tasks as needed.

The position is open from 1st March 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Qualifications

Needed qualifications at the Tenure-track Assistant Professor level: The position requires an increasing publication trajectory in international premier venues in the area of specialization. Research plans and publication record should delineate a clear potential for attracting external funding. An active network of international collaborations will be considered as a positive asset. The tenure-track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and have high potential to make a continued scientific impact at the international level. Documented university-level experience in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is not mandatory but will be an advantage. If not already holding formal pedagogical qualifications, the successful candidate is required to obtain pedagogical training equivalent to the University of Copenhagen Teaching and Learning in Higher Education program for Assistant Professors.

Needed qualifications at the Associate Professor level: The position requires a track-record of publications in international premier venues in the area of specialization as well as proof of successfully attracted external research funding. Candidates are also required to have documented university-level competence in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching and must be able to explain and reflect upon their teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program is expected. Candidates are also expected to have managerial qualifications, for instance in managing their own research group, and outreach experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement, and relocation expenses, is possible. Note that Denmark has a robust social security network including healthcare, childcare, and other generous benefits. Thus, direct salary comparisons across nations are typically not meaningful. Furthermore, unlike some North American universities, University of Copenhagen appointments are 12 months in duration and thus require no need for faculty to procure summer funding.

Information on tenure-track program

Candidates hired as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will be assigned a mentor who will provide the candidate with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted to Associate Professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

Criteria for promotion

After a 6-year tenure-track period, Tenure-Track Assistant Professors are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period
  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications
  • A significant track record of successful external research funding
  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group
  • Completed https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses
  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

If the criteria are met, the Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will be promoted to Associate Professor.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Documented teaching qualifications and ability to attract external funding will also be considered, as will managerial and outreach qualifications.

Six overall criteria apply for Tenure-Track Assistant or 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 an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

Criteria for Tenure Track Assistant Professors: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf

Criteria for Associate Professors: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf .

Further information

Further information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science can be found at https://di.ku.dk/english/ and https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/, respectively. Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk) or to the Head of Department Jakob Grue Simonsen (simonsen@di.ku.dk).

Application instructions

The position may be applied for at the Tenure-Track Assistant Professor level or at the Associate Professor level. Please observe that it is possible to apply to be considered at both levels, but then two separate (though possibly identical) applications must be submitted.

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

If you are applying for the positions as Tenure Track Assistant Professor, please include:

  • Curriculum vitae including:

    Diplomas (MSc and PhD degree or equivalent). If you have not yet defended your PhD thesis, please enclose a declaration from your supervisor on expected submission and defence of PhD thesis.
    • Description and documentation of international network and relations.
    • Description and documentation of internationally based activities.
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark.
    • Outreach activities, i.e., popular lectures or other activities in the media.
    • Grants held, personal or in part, including career development grants.
  • Research statement: description of current and future research plans, including a short description of up to 5 selected papers.
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications, covering:Complete publication list, starting with links to author pages at DBLP and Google Scholar.
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students.
    • Teaching experience.
    • Formal pedagogical training.
  • Separate reprints of the above up to 5 selected papers.

If you are applying for the positions as Associate Professor, please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • Description and documentation of international network and relations.
    • Description and documentation of internationally based activities.
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark.
    • Outreach activities, i.e., popular lectures or other activities in the media.
    • Grants held, personal or in part, including career development grants.
  • Diplomas (MSc and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research statement: description of current and future research plans, including a short description of up to 5 selected papers.
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list, starting with links to author pages at DBLP and Google Scholar.
  • Separate reprints of the above up to 5 selected papers.

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2022 23:59 GMT+2

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment to be assessed by an Assessment Committee. All short-listed candidates are assessed formally as either “qualified” or “non-qualified”, and a subset of the qualified candidates are invited for a formal interview by the Recruitment Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held on 30 January 2023

Please refer to the following numbers in future communication in this case:

  • Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in computational complexity theory: 211-0142/22-2N
  • Associate Professor in computational complexity theory 211-0447/22-2E
APPLY NOW

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.

Info

Application deadline: 02-10-2022
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science


In your application, please refer to Polytechnicpositions.com

FACEBOOK
TWITTER
LINKEDIN

baner1

baner10

baner12

baner14

baner2

baner3

baner4

baner5

baner6

baner7

baner8

baner9