Associate Professor of Globalization of Agriculture and Rural Transformation


University of Copenhagen


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Start Date

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Associate Professor of Globalization of Agriculture and Rural Transformation 
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section for Geography  
Faculty of Science,  
University of Copenhagen 
The purpose of the position is to strengthen and develop ongoing research on the interaction between the globalization of agriculture and socio-economic dynamics in rural areas that are undergoing transformations. The research will have a specific focus on Africa and Asia. The position will also strengthen teaching in development geography and globalisation processes in agriculture analysed through local and global value chains. 
Applicants are required to have a strong and proven record of research within the field described above. Thorough knowledge of methodological issues in global value chain analysis is required and experience from policy formulation is considered an advantage. Experience with field work in Africa and/or Asia is also a requirement. Moreover, applicants must have a keen interest in collaborative research and documented experience from joint research projects is an advantage. Proven records of successful applications for external funds are essential as the successful applicant is expected to seek research funds either independently or in collaboration with other researchers.  
Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Experience with conducting field based teaching in developing countries is an asset.
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 fulfil other tasks requested by the Department.  
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. 
The position is associated with the research group Environment and Society in Developing Countries, which is one of four research groups in the Section for Geography. The other research groups are Transformation of Cities & Landscapes – Geoinformatics, Dynamic Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology, and Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and the Section thus offers a broad approach to research and teaching within Human and Physical Geography.  
Further information on the Department can be found at: Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier,, phone +45 3533 4233 
The position is open from 1st March 2018 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.  
Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 455.206 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 77.840). 
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 17 October 2017, 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
Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 29 January 2018.  
Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0527. 

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Claus Beier

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