Head of the department of Geoscience and Natural Ressource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

We are looking for a new head of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) at the Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) who, with respect for our current work and foundation of excellence, can support and strengthen the department to continue its leading international role. The position commences on 1 May 2023.

IGN gathers unique knowledge and research in areas ranging from volcanoes to cell walls, and from ecosystems to global challenges. The department – one of the largest and most academically diverse at the University of Copenhagen – has a strong combination of fundamental and applied research that supports a diverse portfolio of degree programmes. Through fundamental and applied research, educational activities and public-sector services within geology, geography, forestry, nature, biomass and landscape architecture and planning, the department creates new knowledge and educates graduates and professionals. The department also advises government authorities, with the aim of addressing the current major challenges posed by climate change and greater pressure on natural resources.

Head of department profile
We are looking for a head of department whose experience and vision for the department are aligned with the following characteristics:

Strategy: Has a clear understanding of the future opportunities and challenges for the department’s research and study programmes. Is able to inspire and engage a diverse group of employees in developing the department’s vision, aligned with the university and faculty’s strategic priorities, and to formulate specific goals and develop implementation strategies that support the vision. Has a visionary, collaborative and strategic approach to advancing and strengthening the department’s profile.

Administrative and leadership experience: Is interested in management and organisation, and has solid experience managing a highly complex research institution. Can document good management results and is capable of managing and supervising a wide range of activities related to research, education, planning, HR, infrastructure, competency development and external engagement.

Finance and resource management: Has a good sense of and experience in finance and budget management in a diverse and complex organisation.

Academic experience: Is an experienced and internationally recognised researcher at at least the level of associate professor within one of the department’s fields.

Broad academic interests and knowledge: Is interested and engaged in the full breadth of the department’s academic areas. Is a listener who, through collaboration and motivation, can ensure the best possible opportunities for developing the department’s broad range of degree programmes and research. Has the desire and will to gain insight into the department’s research areas and show respect for other people’s areas of expertise.

Cooperative leader: who has demonstrated their ability to perform confidence-building, enthusiastic, empathetic and transparent management in a complex and diverse organisation that spans a wide range of disciplines. A manager who knows how to shape decisions through collaboration and consensus, but also to make decisions without consensus when necessary and explain their choices. Has an interest in working with managers across the university, in other disciplines, in pursuit of the department, faculty and university’s goals.

Commitment to academic and research excellence: High level of professionalism and commitment to promoting academic excellence in research across the department’s many subject areas, through recruitment and talent development and budgetary decisions.

Commitment to sought after degree programmes with a high academic level: High level of professionalism and commitment to promoting attractive degree programmes that educate graduates who are in demand. An experienced lecturer who has contributed to the development of the university’s degree programmes, and has knowledge of and experience navigating the educational policy system.

Can demonstrate good experience with promoting cultures in which excellence in education and learning environments is valued and rewarded, and involving and engaging students in the development of learning environments that educate to meet society’s needs.

Diversity and inclusion: Cherishes values such as diversity, international outlook and respect for the individual’s unique contribution – and has experience in promoting these. Has a focus on gender equality and diversity issues in relation to appointments and promotions of academic and administrative staff.

Communication skills: Has strong communication skills – can listen actively and communicate effectively to individuals and groups. Inspires and creates frameworks that encourage others to bring their best ideas and visions into play.

External relations and fundraising: Has achieved good results in attracting external funding and representing the department before government authorities, grant givers, the business sector and other external stakeholder groups. Has a focus on supporting new talent and committed researchers so that they can play an active role in fundraising from external sources.

Language skills: Is highly proficient in English and Danish/Scandinavian

Please read the Job and Personal Profile for more information on the department, the job and the recruitment process.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dean Katrine Krogh Andersen on +45 3533 2010.

Terms and conditions of employment
As a general rule, the position of head of department will be on a fixed-term basis with a five-year period of employment and the possibility of an extension of up to three years.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the collective agreement for academics employed by the state entered into between the Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), as well as in accordance with the protocol covered by the collective agreement for academics employed by the state relating to heads of department and deans at universities.

For external applicants, academic assessment may be required in line with the executive order on university appointments.

The scope of any research and teaching activities will be negotiated and agreed with the Dean.

The application deadline is 12 February 2023. Applications must be received electronically via the UCPH Job Portal. Click “Apply now” to submit.

The application must contain your CV and a statement in English (max. three pages) explaining your vision for the department, including the key elements of a strategy for the management and organization of the department.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.



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: 12-02-2023
Employment start: 01-05-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning
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