of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen has a vacant 2-year assistant professor position
in Soil Fertility and Environmental Impacts. The position is open from 15 April 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Place of employment will be at Thorvaldsensvej
40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Description of the scientific environment
The Soil Fertility research group, in which this assistant professor
position is placed, focuses on soil and waste organic matter decomposition
processes and soil nutrient turnover, availability and losses in
agro-ecosystems. Our research aims at a mechanistic understanding of soil
nutrient and organic matter dynamics at both the level of micro-scale
biogeophysical processes and at eco-system scales, in the pursuit of increased
nutrient use efficiency, improved crop productivity and reduced environmental
impacts from agriculture.
The assistant professor’s
duties will primarily be within research, including obligations with regard to experimental
work, publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with
associated examination obligations within soil fertility and environmental
impacts. The assistant professor is expected to be qualified to contribute to
teaching on a M.Sc. course in Environmental Impact Assessment. To a limited
extent the position may also include performance of other duties.
The assistant professor will mainly
conduct research within two research and development projects, namely CarbonFarm - Sustainable Cultivation Concepts in Agriculture –
and NutHY - Nutrients for Higher
organic crop Yields – both funded by the Danish Green Development Program. The
main research task in CarbonFarm is
to investigate how different cultivation concepts, incl. reduced and
conservation tillage, influence soil organic carbon stocks. This will be studied
in field experiments and soil column experiments using, among other, carbon isotope
tracer techniques, but may also include contributions to assessment of overall
environmental impacts of these cultivation practices. In the NutHY project the main research task is
to identify and refine agro-industrial residues, which can be used as
appropriate new nutrient resources in organic farming, contributing to more
efficient nutrient recycling and further expansion of the organic food sector
in Denmark. Experimental studies will include formulation and characterization
of relevant residues/ mixtures in laboratory and pot trials (using various isotope
tracer and other techniques).
The ideal applicant holds
professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below:
- Applicants should have a PhD degree in environmental or soil science or
related disciplines, and several years of research experience.
- Very strong knowledge
of biogeochemical turnover, transport and losses of nutrients and carbon from soils
and farming systems, and their environmental impacts.
- Experience with studies of C, N and P turnover in soils, organic waste
materials as fertiliser and emissions to the atmospheric or aquatic environment,
including use of isotope tracers.
- Strong skills in planning, conducting and analysing comprehensive
experiments based on lab, pot and field-trials.
- Experience with teaching in environmental assessment topics.
- Good interpersonal skills, experience with working in larger research teams.
- Excellent English writing and speaking abilities.
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
- Professional qualifications relevant to the position
- Research publications
- Relevant work experience
- Documented teaching experience
- Other professional activities
- Language skills
University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society
and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of
Terms of employment
The position is
covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of
Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics
in the State.
salary is currently up to DKK 426,625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72,952). Negotiation for salary supplement is
in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
(Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
plan – description of current and future research plans in relation to the projects
- 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
reprints of max. 5 particularly relevant papers
deadline for applications is 26 February
2019, 23:59 GMT +1.
the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager
selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.