Assistant Professor of Mathematical Health and Disease Modelling

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University | Roskilde, Denmark

Classification: Mathematical modelling , Applied mathematics

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as assistant professor of mathematical health and disease modelling from March 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to three years and is a part of a long term strategic focus in this research area. Department of Science and Environment is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The Department conducts basic and applied research within mathematics, medical biology, physics, molecular biology, environmental sciences, and chemistry. Bachelor and master programs are offered within these areas. Research and education within the fields take place in a collaborative and interdisciplinary university environment. The Assistant Professor will be affiliated with Centre for Mathematical Modelling - Human Health and Disease, which is part of the Section of Mathematics and Physics within the Department of Science and Environment. One of the focus areas within the research centre is mathematical modelling and analysis of cancers of the blood forming system in close collaboration with clinicians. These cancers often require aggressive treatments and have a poor prognosis. Personalized prediction of treatment response and disease progression is of great interest. Up to now the impact of different mutations and regulatory signals on disease dynamics is insufficiently understood. Mathematical models can help to close this gap and to better understand fundamental disease mechanisms. This field of research at Roskilde University has recently been strengthened by a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship (Principal Investigator, Prof. Thomas Stiehl, RWTH Aachen University and RUC, and the Assistant Professor will be an important collaborator in this project encompassing PhD students and faculty and co-supervised by Prof. Johnny Ottesen and Assoc. Prof. Morten Andersen. See Responsibilities and tasks The assistant professor’s work hours will be distributed between research including publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within mathematics and mathematical modelling e.g. related to the new master’s programme Mathematical Bioscience ( To a limited extent, this may also include performance of other activities. The ideal candidate is expected to complete the educational training program for assistant professors at RUC (up to 220 hours). The training program will give you pedagogical and didactic tools as well as familiarize you with the Roskilde University educational model called Problem-oriented Project Learning (PPL). Qualifications Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent within mathematics, mathematical modelling and computation or other closely related fields. The applicant must have qualifications in mathematics and documented research experience within one or more of the following areas: Mechanism based mathematical modelling of health and disease Applied mathematics Dynamical systems with applications in biomedicine Parameter estimation methods for dynamical systems Numerical and computational skills for analysing data sets At the time of appointment, successful candidates must be fluent in English for academic purposes. Additional qualifications It will be seen as a strong advantage to have: Documented teaching experience within one or more of the above fields Keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching/research in an interdisciplinary environment. Documented experience with interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations Knowledge in the biology of cancerous diseases Ability to independently read and understand research publications reporting clinical trials and laboratory studies related to fields of clinical oncology and cancer biology The ideal candidate shall be enterprising, possess good communication skills and be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department. Assessment In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to: Research topic and vision of the candidate Scientific production at an international level Fulfilment of above listed qualifications Previous publications in peer reviewed journals in the field of mathematical biology or closely related fields Documented experience with analysis of human health-related data Experience in collaboration with medical doctors or biologist at hospitals, research institutes or pharmaceutical companies Experience in teaching mathematics or mathematical modelling Other academic experience e.g. from organizing research conferences or seminars Questions For further information about the position, please contact Head of Center Professor Johnny Ottesen (tel (+45) 4674 2298, email: or Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Susanne Sørensen (tel. (+45) 4674 2111, email: Terms of employment The employment is full time. Organisationally you will refer to the Dean Susanne Sørensen. On a daily basis, you will refer to Professor Johnny Ottesen. The position is according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Application procedure After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee. Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment. The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application. Application To apply for the position go to Applications must be in English, and include: Cover letter CV Documentation of education Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here) A complete list of publications Research plan of the candidate (1-2 pages) Up to 5 relevant scientific works that you want to be included in the assessment If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here) Please submit your application no later than December 15th. 2021. Apply Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Last updated: 12 November 2021

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