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(211-0560) Associate Professor in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as associate professor within the field of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy. The position has its main emphasis on European land use related environmental and renewable resource policies, e.g. forest policy, climate policy and conservation policies, and/or their national counterparts. The Department wishes to fill the position by 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
The Associate Professor will do theoretical and empirical research within the above field, research-based teaching and public sector consultancy work on issues related to national and international politics and governance of natural resource utilization, e.g. forests, wildlife, recreational areas etc., protection and conservation of natural habitats, natural resources and the environment; and design, implementation and evaluation of policies and policy instruments. Research may also have a micro focus, e.g. on how policies may affect collaboration and contracting between public authorities and landowners, or how policies may affect the behaviour of land owners and other citizens.  
Applicants must have a PhD degree in the above mentioned field or equivalent, must have worked with research within relevant fields in a previous academic position, and have solid theoretical and thematic knowledge.  
Applicants will be assessed based on their qualifications within the following areas
  • Research competences of high international standard within most of the above mentioned topical and methodological areas as appropriate for the level of Associate Professor. 
  • A documented solid track record of publications at an international level, within the topical areas of the position. 
  • Experience from roles as PI or Co-PI in larger interdisciplinary research teams, including ability to raise funds for such research efforts alone and/or as member of teams. 
  • Experience as main- or co-supervisor for PhD students and Post Docs within the area. 
  • Experience with undertaking policy-oriented research in collaboration with the surrounding society is considered an advantage. 
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. Applicants who are not proficient in Danish or another Scandinavian language must be willing to complete Danish language education within the first three years of employment. 
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 fulfil 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. 
The Associate Professor will be a member of the staff in the department’s Section of Environment and Natural Resources. The section undertakes research, teaching and advisory work for the public and private sector within a range of issues related to the use, management, regulation and protection of environment and natural resources. The Section has key responsibilities in two MSc programmes and two BSc programmes, and has a large group of PhD students. The Associate Professor will be involved in PhD supervision in connection to own research topics.  
Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/departments/, specifically at http://ifro.ku.dk/english/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Bo Jellesmark Thorsen, tel. (+45) 20138345, bjt@ifro.ku.dk
The position is open from 1 October 2018 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.  
Commencing salary is currently For Assoc. Professor – up to DKK 461.868 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 78.979) 
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 31 March 2018, 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 9 August 2018.  
Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0560. 

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Bo Jellesmark Thorsen
E-mail: bjt@ifro.ku.dk


Application deadline: 31-03-2018
Employment start: 01-10-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food and Resource Economics

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