(211-0601/24-2E) Associate Professor of Forest and Landscape Ecology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 20 Jun 2024

Associate Professor of Forest and Landscape Ecology
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN)

Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen seeks one or two Associate professor in the Section Forest and Landscape Ecology to strengthen research on the role of ecological processes in guiding restoration, conservation, and management at different scales in forest and urban settings. We work with large-scale multi taxa responses along environmental and management gradients across ecosystems.


We are looking for skilled researchers with a PhD or similar in Ecology that has a strong track-record covering forest or urban biodiversity, management, and conservation with specific emphasis on the response of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to environmental and management gradients.

The candidate should have experience with management of large scale research projects with focus on either the urban or the forest environment:

1) methods for monitoring and evaluating forest management practices, advanced spatial analyses, remote sensing methods, notably airborne laser scanning techniques as well as mapping of forest and woodland ecosystem properties at different scales. Additional relevant experience includes the development and recovery of forest ecosystems following land-use change, statistical analyses, data science.

2) innovative methods for monitoring and management of urban plant community ecology and biodiversity in response to urban air pollution and climate extremes, climate adaption or nature based solutions. Additional relevant experience includes research on green infrastructure and their importance for flora and fauna.

The candidates are expected to contribute to the science-policy interface by disseminating knowledge and strategic priorities to decision-makers and the public. We expect strong expertise in turning scientific empirical evidence into appropriate decision tools for conservation planning.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies, and must be able to explain and reflect upon their own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors is required.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will consider their level of documented, original scientific production, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

University of Copenhagen’s criteria for recognising merit
Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor / associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria, research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and leadership are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more here:
https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf .

Description of the department:

IGN conducts basic and applied research and research based teaching within the fields Forest, Nature and Biomass, Geography & Geoinformatics, Geology–Geoscience and Landscape Architecture and Planning. Beside research, development and education, tasks include public-sector services, innovation, monitoring, consultancy and dissemination as well as international development and environmental assistance often with a focus on nature based solutions.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Vivian Kvist Johannsen ([email protected] ) or Head of Section Prof. Inger Kappel Schmidt ([email protected] ).

Terms of employment
The position is open from 1 December 2024or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 1 page)
  • 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 maximum 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 20 June 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held on 22 November 2024.  

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0601/24-2E.

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.

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