Assistant Professor in Social and Urban Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management University of Copenhagen Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management Faculty of Science Denmark

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for tenure-track assistant professorship in Social and Urban Geography.

The position focus on the socio-economic processes of urbanization at the regional and local scales and/or on urban development and urban dynamics, preferably in a Global North context. To be a successful applicant, you should have expertise in two or more of the following fields:

  • Socio-spatial inequalities and processes of social differentiation or social mobility
  • Local social networks, place identity, and everyday practices
  • Urban growth, regulation, planning and sustainable urban systems

Experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods and Geographical Information Systems is an advantage as is willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research.

As assistant professor, you are expected to have a clear and forward-looking visions and plans for the development of your research towards future impact. You must have good cooperation skills, abilities for self-management and experience from collaboration with stakeholders beyond academia is an advantage.

The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication. You will participate in research-based teaching of courses and examination at BSc and MSc level and develop your teaching skills as well as co-supervise PhD students. You will be expected to develop your own as well as collaborative research applications, and be committed to project management and interdisciplinary collaboration. You will build an international scientific network, develop collaboration with stakeholders and collaborate closely with colleagues at the department and contribute to collegial development of the department including participation in scientific and social events. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties. The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.

You must have good cooperation skills, abilities for self-management and experience from collaboration with stakeholders beyond academia is an advantage.

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.

Your work place will be at 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 graduates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society.

The position is primarily embedded in the Section for Geography and the research group Transformation of Cities and Landscapes – Geoinformatics. The Section for Geography is a vibrant research and educational environment that spans a wide range of geographical sub-disciplines within human and physical geography. The Section is part of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and collaborates broadly within and beyond the department. Further information on the Department can be found at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier, cbe@ign.ku.dk.

The position is open from 1st February 2020 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.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 430.569 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 73.627).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The tenure-track programme

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors 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.

Criteria for promotion

After a 6-year tenure-track period 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 track record of successful external research funding or clear potential to develop such a track record
  • 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 http://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

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

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


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