In the Vice-Chancellors newsletter

February 18, 2017

In the last newsletter from the universities Vice-Chancellor, he wrote about Danish Institute for Advanced Study.

He wrote about the 10 new open positions and the new D-IAS house on Campus Odense.

Read the newsletter here:


Danish IAS: 10 research positions and a new building

Next week is the application deadline for 10 positions at the assistant professor level, all of which are openings in our strategic research initiative known as the Danish Institute for Advanced Study.

The Danish IAS was established with a view to cultivating and strengthening the groundbreaking interdisciplinary research at SDU, and these openings are accordingly in research areas where the university already occupies a strong position internationally. These are also areas of research which are represented in Danish IAS through nine research leaders, or ´chairs`.

We are going down new paths in our recruitment for these 10 positions because we would like to attract the most talented researchers who want to want to push the limits of what has been possible to date. The recruitment process is accordingly organised in such a way that the Danish IAS and the facuties will work together to select promising candidates with an outstanding research background. The candidates must also possess a curiosity that impels them to challenge traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines.

The successful applicants will become part of their respective research environments at the five faculties, but they will also get the special responsibility of forging links between these environments and the Danish IAS.

These 10 new openings very clearly demonstrate that the Danish IAS has grown from an idea to reality, and I am therefore pleased to tell that we have come a long way with the plans to construct a building for the interdisciplinary research centre.

It will be located on the Odense campus´western flank, next to the building which today houses the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Construction of the 3500 Square metre, three-floor building will commence in a year from now – in February 2018 – and it is expected that it will be ready for use in May 2019.

The new building will be designed in such a way as to promote the fundamental idea behind the Danish IAS: To facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between researchers. We believe that these interdisciplinary interactions can create an excellent environment that will not only attract some of the best researchers, but also more research funding.