Assistant professorship in modular robotics and embodied artificial intelligence

The Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab at the Computer Science Department at the IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals for a faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. The proposed starting date is October 2023 or soon thereafter.

The IT University’s vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The Computer Science Department seeks to conduct research and education that are both foundational and have impact on industry and society.

Job description

The Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab (REAL) is based at the IT University of Copenhagen. Our vision is to do research on the border between fiction and fact, to create new, feasible solutions for the society of tomorrow. The lab has an interdisciplinary experimental practice and explores what-if scenarios using fundamental science and engineering to work towards the realization of these scenarios. Academically, the group is rooted in artificial intelligence with specific interests in robotics and evolutionary computation, but generally the research agenda is driven by opportunities arising both within science and in society. The candidate is expected to conduct research and to collaborate with fellow faculty members in the REAL lab and the Computer Science Department in general and to develop interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations when relevant. The candidate is expected to contribute to the IT University’s education programs, chiefly technical programs, both by giving courses and by supervising BSc and MSc theses. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to engage with society through external collaboration, to participate in securing external funding, and to contribute to the IT University’s strategic goals.

The assistant professorship is a temporary full-time position starting around October 2023 and ending in September 2026. The position requires academic qualifications at the Ph.D. level.

The candidate We look to hire strong candidates that can contribute to our work at the intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, and mechatronics holding a PhD in these areas or a closely related field. The candidate is expected to conduct research and research-based teaching in one or more of the department’s existing areas, including:

  • Mechatronics of modular robotics;
  • Distributed control of embedded, modular systems;
  • Embodied artificial intelligence applied to physical robotic systems;
  • Distributed robot learning (e.g. based on cellular automata); and
  • Evolutionary robotics

The ideal candidate should document:

  • Publications of research at a high international level in well-respected peer reviewed venues such as Alife, Gecco, and IEEE conferences.
  • Competences in developing and conducting teaching that is well received by students
  • A record of contributing to the goals of the institutions in which he/she has worked, for example participation in committees, etc.

The application should also state any additional qualities that the candidate may possess, such as excellent communication skills, leadership skills in diverse environments, and the like.

General information

The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time academics. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.


Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation´s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).


The application should be in English and should include:

  • A motivated application, including a cogent argument for how qualified you are for the position and brief statements of research and teaching plans that relates to the criteria in ITU´s Competency Development Profile
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.)
  • Copies of 3-5 publications relevant to the position.
  • A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk (*)
  • Documentation of pedagogical experience and teaching record within one or more of the teaching areas listed for the position

Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting. 

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Kasper Støy ( head of the Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab (REAL).

Working at the IT University

Located in modern architecture at the intersection of the new Ørestad and the old Amager, a 6-minute metro ride from the center of Copenhagen, the IT University offers an informal working environment, a varied everyday life, and a highly motivated, ambitious, competent, and diverse international faculty, with PhD degrees from 17 different countries. The IT University is an equal opportunity employer and prides itself in actively and successfully pursuing an improved gender balance among students and among faculty. We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

Working in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a strong educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Copenhagen is among the world’s most livable cities according to the Economist Global Liveability Index. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

Application procedure

You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pressing the button “Apply for position” in the job announcement on our website.

Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

The IT University uses tests in connection with the recruitment process.

Application deadline: 19 June 2023, at 23:59 CET.

Applications/enclosures received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline, so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.