Assistant Professor of Human Geography


University of Copenhagen


Monday, December 16, 2019

Start Date

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a three year position as assistant professor in Human Geography with a specific focus on land systems and land use change in the Global South. The position is open for three years with the possibility for extension.

The main focus of the position will be teaching and research on the trends, drivers and outcomes of land use change in the Global South. Emphasis will be on how smallholder systems adapt to the multiple drivers at different levels that aim to intensify or expand agriculture and that often lead to regime shifts in land systems with a diverse set of both positive and negative social-environmental outcomes. Methodologically, emphasis will be on qualitative approaches aiming at in-depth understanding of causal mechanisms, but often in combination with quantitative approaches.

As an assistant professor, your main duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication, and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations, primarily within the BSc and MSc programmes of Geography and Geoinformatics, but could also be within the MSc programmes on Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation as well as Environment and Development. You will be expected to apply for research funding within the research field mentioned above. To a limited extent the position may also include performance of other duties. The ability to teach courses at Bachelor level in Danish (or Norwegian or Swedish) is necessary.

Your work place will be within the Section for Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN). IGN 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 graduates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. The department has strong experience in interdisciplinary collaboration within and beyond the department. Further information on the Department can be found at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section for Geography, Ole Mertz.

The position is open from 1st March, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter and is a 3-year time-limited position with possibility for extension.

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