Professor of Information Systems (211-0517) – University of Copenhagen

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Professor of Information Systems (211-0517)

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen is seeking candidates for a professorship in Information Systems. The new professor is expected to make a significant contribution to leadership in the Information Systems discipline within the Department of Computer Science. The professor must ensure that information systems research, teaching and outreach activities are thriving and act as a mentor to young researchers.

Outstanding applicants in all areas of information systems will be considered, but research areas of special interest include:

  • Digital innovation 
  • Information systems development 
  • IT management and governance 

We are looking for an experienced researcher with an innovative mind-set and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile of the department's Human-Centred Computing Section. The section's research is concerned with the theory and practice of how people engage with computing. Currently our focus is on computer-supported collaborative work, health informatics, human-computer interaction and information systems development.

The department values interdisciplinary research and teaching and is actively involved in several cross-faculty research projects and educational programmes. Thus, the successful candidate must be capable of and interested in facilitating cross-disciplinary interactions both within the Computer Science Department and across the university. The candidate is expected to engage in interdisciplinary teaching, including courses for students with a non-technical background, e.g., the humanities or health sciences.

The hiring of a new full professor is a part of the Department’s effort to strengthen our research and teaching in Information Systems. The potential is to hire additional junior faculty of information systems. This will be decided upon after consultation with the new full professor, who is expected to head the research group and provide leadership and mentoring to the younger researchers.

It is expected that there will be opportunities for collaboration with other researchers in the HCC section as well as researchers affiliated with the Centre for Communication and Computing (CCC). CCC is a multi-disciplinary center within the University of Copenhagen joining expertise from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities. The purpose of the centre is to facilitate collaboration among researchers from different scientific fields who share a common interest in the study, design and creative uses of information technologies in order to enhance the ways that people communicate and collaborate in their work, social and everyday lives.  For more information, please go to

Furthermore, we would like to mention that the Department also wants to build a new research group in Software Engineering and is currently seeking a new full professor to head the group. This group of researchers may also be potential collaborators.

The professor will be expected to secure competitive external funding and build an internationally recognized research group. The position comes with a competitive start-up package.

UCPH’s language policy is based on targeted parallel language use, i.e. communication at and from the university should happen in the language (Danish or English) which is the most relevant in the situation or in both languages if that is the most relevant and appropriate. Thus, proficiency in English – but not necessarily in Danish – is required. However, non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to interact in Danish with colleagues and students within a reasonable period of time (i.e. 2 or 3 years).

Selection Criteria

  • A research doctorate or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering or another relevant field. 
  • A demonstrated relevant world-class track record of high quality research and scholarship as evidenced by publications in high-quality journals and conferences. Outstanding applicants in all areas of information systems will be considered. Experience in interdisciplinary research will be an advantage. 
  • A track record of leadership, including leading of a research group, effective management of academic staff, organization of workshops and conferences and involvement in outreach activities. 
  • A track record in attraction of research funding from competitive grant agencies and other sources including industry. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong links with industry, government and other external partners. 
  • Drive, energy and a vision for building and leading a world-class research group in information systems. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to teach effectively across a range of subjects, including the capacity to supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and develop curriculum and learning resources. Experience in interdisciplinary teaching will be an advantage. 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. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other researchers, students and technical-administrative staff. 
  • Relevant industry experience will be an advantage.  

Key responsibilities


  • Build and sustain strong research activities in information systems, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration where appropriate. 
  • Obtain significant research funding from sources outside the University. 
  • Publish in top-tiered refereed journals, books or monographs and refereed conference proceedings. 
  • Supervise PhD students. 


  • Coordinate and teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses as required by the Head of Department. 
  • Develop courses, programmes and learning resources in collaboration with other teachers and students.  
  • Supervise master’s students. 

Leadership and service

  • Provide leadership in the information systems discipline. 
  • Encourage and assist PhD students and young researchers to publish in top-tiered refereed journals, books and refereed conference proceedings. 
  • Foster excellence in research and teaching. 
  • Undertake professional activities including membership of assessment and other committees, membership of editorial boards, organization of workshops and conferences. 


  • Develop collaborative relationships with industry and government. 
  • Engage in dissemination of research results to industry and government and to the wider public. 

The Human-Centred Computing Section is an interdisciplinary environment that centers on the intersection between man and machine, between the social and the technical – without privileging the one above the other. The section has three major research groups – Human-Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Health Informatics – and approximately 35 researchers, including 10 faculty members. Further information about HCC and the Department of Computer Science can be found here. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section, Professor Jørgen Bansler (; +45 2381 1332) and Head of Department, Professor Mads Nielsen (; cell phone +45 2460 0599).

The position is open from 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University of Copenhagen is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas where they have been traditionally under-represented and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender or 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 Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Commencing salary is currently DKK 596.794 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 102.052). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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 Sunday 10 December 2017, 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/trial lectures will be held on 14 March 2018.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0517


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.