(211-0260/20-2E) Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Management

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Oct 2020

Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Management
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for an associate professorship in Landscape Ecology and Landscape Management with a specific focus on the ecological and social base for policy making and management of agricultural landscapes.

The position aims at strengthening the field of planning and management of agricultural landscapes, within and across the disciplines that are central to research and teaching at the Department. These comprise environmental issues in the farmed landscape, including pollution of the aquatic environment, climate change, biotope management, structural and functional changes of the landscape, and sustainable food production. Further, the position should address subjects as policy making, spatial planning and governance, rural development, rural sociology and other disciplines in which the agricultural landscape and farmers are central in the practical implementation. A specific goal of this position is to bridge between the academic fields of policy making, spatial planning and landscape ecology.

As an applicant, you should have an international research profile and strong teaching experiences within one or more of the academic fields mentioned above. Experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching is a critical asset. You should have solid expertise within landscape ecology and one or more of the following fields: rural sociology, environmental planning, spatial planning, and policy making. As field work is expected to be conducted in rural area in Denmark knowledge of the Danish language is an advantage. Also experience with fieldwork methods and advanced GIS, including landscape modelling will be considered a strength. The applicant is expected to have broad knowledge on the relationships between farm practice as a social phenomenon, the landscape as a physio-biological phenomenon and public planning and regulation, including co-creative planning processes and regulation affecting agricultural landscape management.   

As associate professor, you are expected be an internationally recognized researcher that has contributed to the relevant academic fields. You should have demonstrated good ability for attracting national and international research funding as well as having basic experience with research leadership.

You are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon your own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Moreover, you are expected to have contributed to developing and implementing academic courses within the research fields. Ability to conduct course teaching in Danish will be considered a strength.

Besides conducting own research, you are expected to contribute to the development of the research field, initiate and conduct research applications and explore the cross disciplinary potential within the department and the University of Copenhagen. You must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, conduct assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. You will also contribute to the development and execution of continued education programmes for non-university partners in government, civil society and the private sector. Further, you must take a responsible role in constructive implementation of department strategies, wellbeing and collaboration at the department, take part in department forums, committees and working groups and initiate and take part in scientific and social events.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, 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.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational 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. You can read more at https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf .

Your work place will be the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), which conducts research and education on the past, present and future physical, chemical and biological environments of the Earth and their interactions with societal and human systems to provide candidates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. We value scientific interactions among colleagues, cross disciplinary interactions and care for the early career scientists.  Further information on the Department can be found at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier, cbe@ign.ku.dk .

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

Terms of employment
The position is open from 1 March 2021or 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 Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Commencing salary is currently

For Assoc. Professor up to DKK 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.379).

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 28 October 2020, 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 8 February 2021.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0260/20-2E.

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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