Associate Professor of Materials Science

University of Copenhagen


Associate Professor of Materials Science

Fixed-term Associate Professor of Quantum Materials
Niels Bohr Institute - NQCP
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

Applications are invited for a fixed-term position as associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme (NQCP) section working on quantum materials related to solid state quantum information processing. The successful candidate must have a strong background in both experimental and theoretical aspects of quantum materials with a preferable research profile in one or more of the following areas: semiconductor and/or superconductor materials, advanced quantum materials devices, or solid-state quantum computing platforms. The successful applicant is expected to be able to attract funding and lead a major research program, to strengthen and develop collaborations within the Niels Bohr Institute and internationally. Furthermore, the research program is expected to have strong synergy with the activities of NQCP and support its mission.

We seek an outstanding scientist who has (1) the talent and vision to define an independent research programme, (2) the scientific maturity to supervise students and postdocs, and (3) the ability to attract external funding in open competitions at national and international levels.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

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 an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at .

The newly established Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Program (NQCP) is building a talented and diverse international team to create a cutting-edge program in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. At the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, where the formulation of Quantum Mechanics was born 100 years ago, the ambition is to build a programme involving exciting innovations at every level, from the quantum processor to the quantum-classical interface and all the way quantum algorithms and applications. 

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Acting Head of Institute Joachim Mathiesen,

The position is open from 1 May 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

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

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The position is limited until 31 December 2029 and appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 19 November 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held on 20 March 2024.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0540/23-2E.


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: 19-11-2023
Employment start: 01-05-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institute

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