Faculty of Science
Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management

Associate Professor in Groundwater
Geochemistry (211-0448)


We seek a scientist with considerable experience in hydrologeology and geochemistry who will be responsible for developing a research and teaching program within groundwater geochemistry and stable isotope hydrology. Specifically, we are interested in topics such as; (i) understanding solute fluxes in the subsurface and across hydrological domains (vadose zone, groundwater, and surface water) at different spatio-temporal scales and how geochemical processes affect these, (ii) the use of stable isotopes to link hydrological and geochemical processes, (iii) the use of groundwater flow and reactive transport models to investigate coupled flow and geochemical processes, and (iv) solving relevant groundwater quality problems in different environments. The associate professor shall contribute to the further development of the department's internationally recognized research program in water resources and add expertise and new perspectives to activities within not just water resources, but also bridging out to other disciplines and groups at the department.

Applicants with a strong research and teaching profile including supervision of students within both groundwater geochemistry and hydrogeology are invited. The candidate should be able to combine detailed field monitoring and experiments, controlled laboratory experiments, and numerical flow and reactive transport modelling and bring this into the context of analyzing and solving real world problems. It is also required that the candidate has experience with running a geochemical laboratory.

The successful applicant must document a strong track record in research fields relevant for the position. Additionally the applicants should have track records in international research collaboration as well as in teaching and supervision at university level. The candidate should be able to attract external national or international research funding.

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.

The candidate should be qualified to contribute to and further develop teaching in the geology study program at all levels specifically BSc- and MSc-level courses in hydrogeology, water resources and geochemistry.

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 fulfill 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.

Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management is part of the Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen. The department conducts research and teaching within geology, geography and geoinformatics, forest, nature and biomass, and landscape architecture and planning. The geology section is organized in four research groups: basin studies, geophysics, geochemical, mineralogical and petrological earth sciences, and water resources. Through encouraged mutual collaboration among the research groups and with partners of Geocenter Denmark, the candidate will profit from access to a multitude of expert knowledge and other laboratories and will have the possibility for expanding into other cross-disciplinary research fields.

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/departments/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Peter Engesgaard, pe@ign.ku.dk.

The position is open from 1 March 2017 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 for Assoc. Professor - up to DKK 449,720 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 76,902)

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 22 November 2016, 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 22 February 2017.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0448.

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