Professor in Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

Tuesday 23 Mar 21

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DTU Space (the National Space Institute at DTU) invites applications for a Professorship in the area of extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology. 

You will lead the development of extragalactic astrophysics at the Cosmic Dawn Center of Excellence at DTU Space. A major focus of the Center is on far-IR/sub-millimetre extragalactic astronomy and the interplay between galaxy formation and the interstellar medium at the earliest cosmic epochs.

The ideal candidate should have an outstanding research profile in extragalactic astronomy, including observational experience at major observatories. The candidate should have a track record of leadership of international research collaborations and networks. Preference will be given to candidates who also have a track record in theoretical and computational research in the field.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your duties as professor will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within astrophysics. To a limited extent, this may also include performance of other duties.

You are also expected to:

  • Take a lead in the development of extragalactic astrophysics at the Cosmic Dawn Center of Excellence at DTU Space.
  • Formulate and execute observational programmes on large observing facilities, e.g., VLT, ALMA, HST, and JWST.
  • Carry out numerical simulations of high redshift galaxies, in particular their stellar population and interstellar medium components, that will serve as a theoretical framework for extracting new physical insights from observations.
  • Lead and participate in both national and international collaborations and activities associated with the Cosmic Dawn Center at DTU Space.
  • Teach bachelor and graduate students in the Earth and Space Physics and Engineering educational programme of DTU Space.
  • Supervise PhD students.
  • Actively pursue national and international sources of funding for PhD students and postdocs, as well as for international conferences and workshops.
  • Actively engage with other research groups at DTU Space to further the development of space and astrophysics research excellence at the institute.
  • Motivate your colleagues to be their best and achieve ambitious goals.

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

Candidates for the position must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an Associate Professorship.

Candidates with a strong research profile in extragalactic astrophysics, in particular far-IR and submillimetre astronomy, are encouraged to apply. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU Space, as well as a natural interest in collaboration and personal responsibility. Finally, the candidate must document didactic/pedagogic training.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from section head, Allan Hornstrup, mail:, tel.: +45 4525 9722.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 April 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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