Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Faculty of Science

Associate Professor in Physical Geography focused
on hydrology of the unsaturated zone

An associated professorship within physical geography is open. The position has a strong focus on near-surface hydrology processes mainly in permafrost-affected regions and includes both field and modelling aspects of Arctic/cold region hydrology.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the cross-disciplinary research and teaching of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analyses Research Group under the Section of Geography. Specifically, the position will complement the current research activities in the Arctic within the Centre for Permafrost (CENPERM), linking landscape history, near-surface water flow, net ecosystem water and energy balance at local and regional scales. Please see for further information regarding CENPERM. Moreover, the candidate is expected to contribute to the general education in physical geography as well as strengthen and further develop education in near-surface hydrology in cold regions, including climate change aspects of hydrology, extreme events, and water budgets at both BSc-, MSc- and PhD-levels in Geography and at MSc-level in the Climate Change MSc Program (CCIMA).

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. In addition, applicants are expected to have a strong record of research including both field measurements and modelling. Research experience within hydrology of the unsaturated zone in the Arctic/cold regions will be considered a strong 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 the ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

At CENPERM, more than twenty staff members, PhD-students and Master students are focussing on soil, plant and microbial interactions across climate zones across multiple sites in Greenland. The centre is interdisciplinary and hosts researchers from the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and the Department of Biology. The centre is located in the heart of Copenhagen city and has over the past six years published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. It is hosted by the Section for Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Bo Elberling, professor and director of CENPERM,

The position is open from 1st November 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

For Assoc. Professor - up to DKK 461.868 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 78.979)

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 13 June 2018, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 10 October 2018.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0569.

posted: 14 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.