Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management,
Faculty of Science

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in
Geomicrobiology (211-0508)

We seek a scientist with experience in the emerging research area of geomicrobiology. We expect the candidate to combine field observations, microbial laboratory experiments, and process modeling. The ideal candidate is expected to build a research platform in geomicrobiology by bridging to different research groups at the department and the faculty, and adding new expertise and perspectives to the department's research program in geology.

The successful applicant must document a track record in research fields relevant for the position and should have track records in international research collaboration. The candidate must document a strong track record in procuring external national or international research funding.

The candidate should have the potential to contribute to and further develop teaching in the geology study program at all levels.

The tenure track 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 Geomicrobiology. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties.

The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

The position is open from 1 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Christian J. Bjerrum,

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 413.717 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70.746).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The tenure-track programme An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the 'final appraisal' is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

Criteria for promotion

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period
  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications
  • A significant track record of successful external research funding
  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group
  • Completed and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses
  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • Please describe and document international network and relations
    • Please describe and document internationally based activities
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
    • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
  • 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:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 18 June 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 7 July 2017.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0508.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe's top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation - with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture - creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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