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Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Soil Biogeochemistry

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University of Copenhagen

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Soil Biogeochemistry

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN).
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) at University of Copenhagen is looking for a highly talented research leader in terrestrial biogeochemistry.

The position is opened in association with the Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures (land-craft.dk). Food security, climate change and loss of biodiversity represent three of today’s major societal challenges. Finding solutions for all these challenges requires studies that extend across multiple spatio-temporal scales. The Land-Craft center brings together experts on climate impact research and landscape analyses with backgrounds in biogeochemistry, agronomy, biology and geography of Aarhus and Copenhagen Universities as well as of external partners. Land-CRAFT was formed in June 2022 to undertake fundamental and applied research from field to landscape scales that will address the outlined societal challenges.

The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in Land-CRAFT with responsibility as theme leader for Landscape-Biogeochemistry experiments. The research in vacant position has the overall aim to identify and trace nutrient cycles and transports in landscapes to better understand and represent C and N cycling and associated exchange of greenhouse gases between the land surface and atmosphere, and further analyze how those are affected by land use, land management and changes in environmental conditions. Experimental work will specifically, but not only, include deployments of stable isotope analysis (Isoscape) and tracers, and work will combine field- and lab-scale experiments. Research will also include scaling and biogeochemical modeling approaches with a particular focus on stable isotopes.

Your research and role as theme leader is one out of three key positions of Land-CRAFT and will be complemented by two other theme leaders working on remote sensing and modelling of nutrient cycles of landscapes.

The position is offered as either a Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor depending on the qualification of the applicant. Please note that it is possible to apply for both levels. We encourage you to do so if in doubt. If you apply at both levels, separate applications must be submitted (see below).

Your profile

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has a good background with experimental studies on terrestrial biogeochemistry. Further on, you have

  • A PhD in physical geography, biology, agronomy or similar with focus on environmental soil biogeochemistry or soil science.
  • An experimental background with studies on soil biogeochemistry, preferably with focus on soil greenhouse gas emissions and process studies.
  • Experience with operation/ maintenance of laboratory instruments (GC, EAs, IRMS, lasers) for relevant work.
  • Experience with modelling of isotope or nutrient processes, and/or geospatial data analysis and scaling will be considered beneficial
  • Documented research qualifications at a high international level
  • An ability to carry out independent, systematic, well-organized research work as well as work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Good communication skills in English.

Regarding the tenure-track assistant professorship

Applicants for a tenure-track assistant professorship must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, have an internationally recognized potential for outstanding research achievements.

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 Soil Biogeochemistry . The position will also contribute to the development and execution of continued education programmes for non-university partners in government, civil society and the private sector. The tenure track assistant professor must also contribute constructively to implementation of department strategies, wellbeing and collaboration at the department and take part in scientific and social events. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties.

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

Regarding the associate professorship

Applicants for an associate professorship are expected to have an internationally recognized record of outstanding achievement in research, having made ground-breaking contributions to the applicant’s area of specialization, and to have strong documented university level teaching credentials. They must be able to explain and reflect upon their own teaching practice and portfolio. Pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Candidates are also expected to have managerial qualifications, for instance in managing their own research group, and out-reach experience.

Duties include furthering the applicant’s own research, development of the scientific field, research 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, contribute to the development and execution of continued education programmes for non-university partners in government, civil society and the private sector. The associate professor must also contribute constructively to implementation of department strategies, wellbeing and collaboration at the department and take part in scientific and social events, as well as 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.

Workplace and environment

Your workplace will be at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. We conduct 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 graduates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. The Department has advanced research infrastructures, laboratory facilities and staff supporting chemical and physical analyses of environmental samples.

The position is primarily embedded in the Section for Geography and the research group “Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis”. Within this, and other research groups at IGN, the expertise in terrestrial biogeochemistry is strong and the research benefits from the integration of science from plot to landscape levels including field measurements, laboratory experiments and modeling.

We expect that you will be an active part of the international climate change impact research community and that you will contribute positively to the social working environment. The work includes tight collaborations with researchers at other communities at the department, institutes at University of Copenhagen, Århus University and international collaborators within Land-CRAFT.

Further information on the Department can be found at (ign.ku.dk/english). Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Per Ambus ([email protected]) or Head of Department Claus Beier ([email protected])

Information on tenure-track program

Candidates hired as tenure-track assistant professor will be assigned a mentor who will provide the candidate 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.

After a tenure-track period, lasting up to 6-year, 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 (www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up) 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

If the criteria are met, the tenure-track assistant professor will be promoted to Associate professor.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational 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/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf

The position is open from May 1st 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, and relocation expenses, is possible.

Submission of application

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

If you are applying for the position at tenure-track assistant professor level, 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

If you are applying for the position at Associate Professor level, 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 University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline for applications is November 15th 2022 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on March 17th 2023.

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

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Soil Biogeochemistry: 211-0146/22-2N

Associate Professor in Soil Biogeochemistry: 221-0458/22-2E

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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