Associate Professor on the promotion programme or Professor in Hydrology and Water Resources

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

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management is hiring a Professor/Associate Professor on the promotion programme in hydrology and water resources to play a leading role in the further development of the department’s and university’s internationally recognized research program in this important area.

The position aims at strengthening and profiling research and education in hydrology and water resources to underpin assessment, sustainable use and protection of water resources both in a national and international context. In a national context emphasis is on exploitation and protection of groundwater resources. The interactions of water with land use, surface characteristics, geological settings and climate are important elements of the position. Relevant research topics include integrated surface water and groundwater modelling at catchment scale, use of satellite data for land surface characterization and estimation of hydrological variables and fluxes, use of geological and geophysical data for quantifying the subsurface geological architecture and the associated uncertainty, impact of climate change on water resources, experimental investigations and modelling of flow, geochemical reactions and reactive transport in heterogeneous geological media and at interfaces between hydrological compartments.

As the successful candidate you should be an internationally recognized scientist with a strong track record in hydrology and water resources linked to geoscience. You must be able to demonstrate a strong research profile in topics that are key to the understanding, modelling and assessment of water resources. Documented research based on existing data and observations and/or field experimental data as well as quantitative assessments of how errors and uncertainties of data, parameters and system understanding propagate to uncertainties in model predictions are key points.

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 research proposals 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, research management including supervision and training of early career scientists 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.

University of Copenhagen’s criteria for recognising merit
Six overall criteria apply for associate professor/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.

For associate professors on the promotion programme:

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About the promotion programme The University of Copenhagen offers particularly talented associate professors employment with the possibility to enter into a promotion programme that can lead to employment as a professor.? To be employed as an associate professor on the promotion programme, the candidate must both qualify to work as an associate professor now and demonstrate the potential to transition into a position as a professor at the end of the programme. Both will be assessed based on the UCHP criteria for merit.

An associate professor is usually on the promotion programme for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 8 years. During the programme, there will be annual interviews with the head of department to assess if the associate professor is “on track”. The programme ends with a final assessment before transitioning to professorship.

Learn more about the UCPH promotion programme here.

Terms of employment
The position is open from 1 April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Vivian Kvist Johannsen (

Filing of application
The position may be applied for at the associate professor level or professor level. Please note that it is possible to apply at more than one level. If applied at more than one level, separate applications must be submitted (see below).

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

Applying for the associate professorship on the promotion programme please include

Applying for the professorship 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 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

Interviews will be held on 7 February 2024.

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

211-0001/23-2EA, Associate Professor on the promotion programme in Hydrology and Water Resources.

211-0244/23-2K, Professor in Hydrology and Water Resources.

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