Head of Department at the Department of Food and Resource Economics

As of August 1st, 2024, The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is looking for a Head of Department for the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), who, together with the department's staff and students, can ensure the continued development of the department and contribute to the resolution of national and global issues.

The department possesses unique competencies in social science research, our educational programs, and conducts research-based consultancy for the public sector, enabling us to provide knowledge for solutions to many of today's important challenges, including environmental, climate, natural resource, food, global development, and consumer behavior issues. The department's goal is to conduct independent research at the highest level and actively integrate research into our programs and in the public debate. This is being done as part of efforts to address society’s sustainable development and transformation.

The department educates Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD students within the social sciences and interdisciplinary fields. IFRO actively works to raise awareness about our programs, including society's need for candidates with the relevant skills.

Responsibilities and Profile of the Head of Department
As the Head of Department, you report to the Dean at SCIENCE and hold overall responsibility for the department's academic, financial and personnel matters.

You lead the research and education strategic development of the department, working closely with the department's leadership team and other staff members, while also contributing to the implementation of KU's policies and strategy.

As department head, you must thrive at the intersection of research, education, innovation, communication, leadership, administration, and various research groups, and fundamentally understand the value of the professional and cultural diversity that the department encompasses.

The role of the Head of Department also involves efforts to open doors, build and nurture networks, and represent the department and faculty in a wide range of contexts.

To be considered for the position:

  • You must be motivated in the leadership role and have relevant experience as a research and personnel manager in a larger unit, preferably supplemented with a recognized leadership education.
  • You should be an experienced and internationally recognized researcher at a minimum associate professor level within one of the departments subject areas and have a broad understanding and interest in the department's other subject areas.

Please read the full job and personal profile for the position here, where the organization, tasks, and desired qualifications and qualities are further described.

If you have questions about the position, you can confidentially contact Dean Katrine Krogh Andersen at phone number + 45 35 33 20 10.

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 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.

UCPH is in the process of designing a new shared administrative organisation at UCPH, which is expected to lead to changes within the next 12 - 18 months. The purpose of the administrative reform is, among other things, to strengthen cross-organisational cooperation, increase efficiency, and ensure good career paths for administrative staff members at UCPH. The reform will lead to cutbacks on administration.

The application deadline is Monday, 6 May 2024. Applications must be received electronically via the UCPH job portal. Click on "Apply now".

The application must include:

  • your CV
  • a presentation in English (max. three pages) of your vision for IFRO, including the key elements of a strategy for the department’s development, organization and for the performance of the management task.

The University of Copenhagen seeks to reflect society and encourages applications irrespective of personal background.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmarks largest science research and education institution with 4,000 employees and 9,700 Bachelor and Master's students in 12 departments. The Faculty has an annual budget of DKK 3 billion. Learn more about The Faculty of Science here.


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: 06-05-2024
Employment start: 01-08-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Fødevare- og Ressourceøkonomi
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