Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Environmental Impacts

The Department 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.  
Job description  
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). 
Required qualifications 
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 
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to research group leader, professor Lars Stoumann Jensen,, phone +45 3533 3470. 
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 426,625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72,952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include:
  • Curriculum vita 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans in relation to the projects mentioned above 
  • 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 max. 5 particularly relevant papers 
The deadline for applications is 26 February 2019, 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

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Lars Stoumann Jensen


Application deadline: 26-02-2019
Employment start: 15-04-2019
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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