Professor of Historical Biogeography

Globe Institute 
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a professor to the GLOBE Institute to commence as soon as possible. 
Information on the Department can be found at:

Job description
We seek applicants with a research profile within the area of historical biogeography of terrestrial systems with a focus on Late Quaternary biodiversity dynamics in plants and mammals. Research experience should include using macroecological, paleocological and paleoclimatological data and spatial models to understand past and future species responses to climate change and humans. Moreover, research experience on the past and current role of climate change in contemporary large-scale gradients of biological diversity (i.e., species richness) is also positively considered. The research should be within the broader research program of the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the GLOBE Institute and should contribute to linking past biodiversity dynamics with the current and future distribution of life on Earth. CMEC has also a strong commitment with the development of large-scale biodiversity data sets and experience in building such data is considered a positive assess. 

This is a position with a focus on research and teaching. Experience in teaching climate change/ biodiversity and species distribution models will be considered. 

The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination 
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers 
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate 
  • Academic assessments 

Required qualifications 
The successful applicant should be able to:

  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline
  • Manage research and other management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities.
  • Provide research-based teaching at university curriculum courses.

The professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. 
The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2020).

For further information, please contact Professor Carsten Rahbek,; http://globe.ku.dk
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents: 

  • Application, including motivation for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 10 publications to be considered in the 
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities. 

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday 8 March 2020.


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.


Application deadline: 08-03-2020
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Globe Institute, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate

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