Associate Professor of Health Design in Landscape Architecture

Associate Professor of Health Design in Landscape Architecture
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a position as associate professor of landscape architecture in health design. We seek candidates to perform excellent research and teaching within evidence-based health design in landscape architecture. The successful candidate has a creative mind-set, a relevant research record and a strong interest for teaching and communication. The candidate is expected to contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching, collaborate with relevant partners, develop ability to attract research funding, and to communicate to policymakers and practitioners.

The position is placed in the interdisciplinary research group Nature, Health & Design, which conducts research within a wide range of research trends on interactions between human health and the natural environment. The research group runs a full-scale laboratory, located in the Hoersholm arboretum, called Nature, Health & Design Lab. The lab. consists of two settings; The Forest Therapy Garden Nacadia® and the Health Forest Octovia®. The research group’s research expertise provides evidence to guide policy makers, urban planners, landscape architects, therapists and other health professionals in translating gained knowledge into practice.

Applicants must have an academic degree within landscape architecture, or corresponding educational background. More specifically, candidates should have the following competences:

  • Expert knowledge within mixed-methods research
  • Academic qualification and/or practical experience in evidence-based design in landscape architecture
  • Experience of co-design processes
  • Theoretical knowledge of how natural environments can offer opportunities for health promotion, support nature-based treatment as well as rehabilitative training
  • Experience in designing health supporting green spaces for specific target groups
  • Skills in carrying out post-occupancy evaluations of green spaces
  • Experience in working in interdisciplinary research environments

Moreover, good interpersonal and communicative skills required for teamwork across disciplines and with partners are necessary, as well as ability to work independently and deliver project activities within deadlines.

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.

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.

Six overall criteria apply for associate 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 .

Workplace will be 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 candidates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. The IGN value scientific interactions among colleagues, cross disciplinary interactions and care for the early career scientists. Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier,

The position is open from 1 July 2023 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 18 January 2023, 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 12 May 2023.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0456/22-2E.

posted: 21 December 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.