(211-0243/23-2K) Professor of Past Climate and Life Evolution

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management is hiring a Professor of Past Climate and Life Evolution.

The position aims at strengthening and profiling research and education in the processes that have determined climate change, environment and evolution of life during Earth’s history with a particular focus on utilizing sedimentary systems for extraction of information of how these Earth systems have changed on different time scales.

The successful candidate should have a foundation in geology and be able to demonstrate a strong research profile within a range of topics that are key to our understanding, modelling, projection and quantitative assessment of changes in Earth’s climate history, environment and life evolution based on analysis of sedimentary archives. Documented experience with data sampling in the field and/or laboratory analysis is considered advantageous.

As full professor, you are expected to be an internationally recognized researcher that has contributed significantly to the research fields. You should have demonstrated ability for attracting external research funding as well as having experience with research leadership, including mentoring of early career researchers.

You are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon your own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Moreover, you are expected to have shown leadership in developing and implementing educational programmes within the research field.

As a full professor you are expected, in addition to conducting your own research, to play a leading academic role in accordance with the university’s criteria of merits. You are expected to drive and inspire the development of the research field, initiate and conduct significant research applications and explore the cross-disciplinary potential within the department and the University of Copenhagen. You must teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, conduct assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. You may also contribute to the development and execution of continued education programmes for non-university partners in government, society and the private sector. Further, you must take a responsible and active role in shaping a strong, diverse and inclusive research environment with care for the early career scientist. You must take active part in department forums, committees and working groups, constructive implementation of department strategies and promote scientific and social events and cross departmental collaboration.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, external funding track record, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications as well as academic citizenship contribution will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.
Please read more at https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5c_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-professors.pdf .

Your work place will be the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) within Geology Section. The department 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 candidates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. We value scientific interactions among colleagues, cross-disciplinary interactions and care for the early career scientists.
Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Vivian Kvist Johannsen vkj@ign.ku.dk.

The position is open from 1 April 2024 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 Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. 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 8 October 2023, 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held on 2 February 2024.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0243/23-2K.

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.

posted: 14 September 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.