159970 Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods for Precision Livestock Farming (Fixed-term, 4 Years)

Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods for Precision Livestock Farming (Fixed-term, 4 Years)
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint an associate professor for a period of 4 years to the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to commence on the 1st of March 2024.

Information on the Department can be found at: https://ivh.ku.dk/english/.  

Job description
In addition to the vacant position, the herd management group consists of a full professor, an associate professor, two post docs, and a PhD student. The group belongs to a research group for Data and Modeling at the Section for Production, Nutrition and Health, which also includes research groups for Pig Nutrition and Feeding, Pig Health and Cattle Production, Nutrition and Health. 

The aim of the position is to strengthen the herd management group in relation to precision livestock farming with particular emphasis on quantitative methods for classification, monitoring and decision support in relation to production and health. Another aim is to maintain and extend the international impact of the herd management group.

The position is expected to contribute to the research strategy of the department in relation to sustainable animal production and it includes teaching of courses and supervision of students. The candidate should be able to contribute to and further develop teaching at all levels in herd management. The candidate should be able to attract external national or international research funding.

The associate 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
Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to document:

  • Research qualifications within the field of precision livestock farming with particular emphasis on quantitative methods for classification, monitoring and decision support at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching
  • A strong scientific network (also internationally)

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

Terms of employment
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 4 years.

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation 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 Head of Department Birgit Nørrung, birgit.noerrung@sund.ku.dk, https://sund.ku.dk/.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: https://www.ism.ku.dk/ (International Staff Mobility).

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

  • Application, including motivations for applying for the position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)

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 https://employment.ku.dk/.

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. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday 1 October 2023.


Interviews for this position are likely to be held late in December.


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: 01-10-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

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