Assistant Professor of Landscape Technology and urban climate adaptation

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 16 Sep 2019

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a 4-year position as assistant professor in Landscape Technology and urban climate adaptation.

Adaptation of cities to future climates is a challenge of our time, calling for many changes in the built environment to take place over a short period of time. Decision support for such changes are important, and calls for continued data collection and development of new tools focused on multiple scales - from site to city. Improved understanding of the performance of landscape based stormwater infrastructure such as green roofs and permeable pavement is needed in many key areas; from their ability to mitigate floods, droughts and pollution, to their interactions with urban ecosystems, climate and groundwater. Smart planning and optimal placement of these infrastructures at larger scales will be possible with the right geospatial data, but this can be lacking in many of the world’s fastest developing cities. Here remote sensing technologies can make good contributions to aid in the development of stormwater flow and flood risk models, forming the basis for urban planning measures.

We seek a well-rounded candidate who is capable of bridging between hydrologic/hydraulic modelling and urban planning, and thus holds skills and competencies within:

• Modelling of ‘conventional’ stormwater systems (pipes) as well as landscape based solutions (rain gardens, permeable pavement etc.) using e.g. SWMM, MIKE-URBAN, or the like

• Land cover and site suitability analysis using remote sensing and GIS-based methods

• Designing, testing and monitoring of water quantity and quality control measures

• Integrated urban water management, urban planning, ecosystem services and livability

• soil-water-plant-atmosphere interactions

The assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within landscape technology and urban climate adaptation. To a limited extent this may also include performance of other duties.

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation /. Inquiries about the position can be made to Henrik Vejre, hv@ign.ku.dk

The position is open from 15 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 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.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 430.569 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 73.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

- Curriculum vita

- Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)

- Research plan – description of current and future research plans

- If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document:

o Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students

o Teaching experience

o Formal pedagogical training

- Complete publication list

- Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 16 September 2019, 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 /.


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