Associate Professor in Soil Science


University of Copenhagen


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Start Date

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as associate professor in soil science.

The associate professor will be responsible for conducting research and teaching in the field of soil science in the perspective of geosciences, physical geography and human-environment interactions. We expect the candidate to have a solid and broad background in soil sciences and preferably an interest in temperate zone soil science to complement our current Arctic and Tropical expertise. We expect clear visions for developing the field of soil science in an earth system perspective and a track record of research within two or more of the following subjects:

  • Environmental soil science and soil management
  • Soil forming processes in a landscape context
  • Soil fertility and degradation
  • Soil physics

Experiences with field and laboratory based research and teaching activities as well as soil mapping and GIS is considered beneficial.

As associate professor you are expected to have an internationally recognized and competitive research profile demonstrated through significant publications and international collaboration. You should have clear visions and plans for scientific development as well as considerable experience in obtaining and managing research grants. You are expected to have comprehensive university level teaching experience involving developing and organizing your own teaching as well as experience with supervision of students from BSc to PhD level. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors is required. Experience with research communication to relevant stakeholders is also important.

Once employed at our department, we expect that you are creative and able to demonstrate innovative approaches to your own research that will generate high impact and senior authored publications as well as popular science communication. You should build strong scientific networks and initiate and lead research applications and projects with national and international collaboration involving diverse stakeholders. You will teach and supervise at BSc, MSc and PhD level and continuously develop your teaching by linking research and its applications into the curriculum. Further you must contribute constructively to 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.

Your work place will be at 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 graduates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. The Department has advanced laboratory facilities and staff supporting chemical and physical analyses of soils.

The position is primarily embedded in the Section for Geography and the research group “Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis. Processes and interplay between climate, soil and water”. The Section for Geography is a vibrant research and educational environment that spans a wide range of geographical sub-disciplines within human and physical geography. The Section is part of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and collaborates broadly within and beyond the department. Further information on the Department can be found at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier,

The position is open from 1st January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact Name

Claus Beier

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