Assistant Professor in Rural Development and Nature Management in a Global North Context

University of Copenhagen Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

Assistant Professor in rural development and nature management in a Global North context

Assistant Professor in rural development and nature management in a Global North context

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management invites applications for a position as assistant professor focusing on the analysis of rural and agricultural development with an emphasis on nature management and cultural landscape research in a Global North context. Central research topics will be on nature conservation, environmental protection and the role of land owners as well as the impact of current Danish and international legislation in landscape management and environmental protection. The successful candidate has a broad expertise of rural development research – including shifts in economic base, demography and agricultural production strategies. Candidates with a broad methodological experience using both quantitative and qualitative methods and spatial analysis using GIS will be preferred. Experience with digital and historic cartographic sources will be an important qualification. It is a further qualification if the candidate has specific knowledge of the Danish context obtained through research or work in other sectors.

The assistant professor’s duties are mainly related to research and teaching. Research obligations include publication and other scientific communication. The assistant professor will be invited to participate in ongoing projects in the research group, but other research activities will be welcomed according to opportunities. It is expected that the assistant professor applies for external research funding individually or jointly with colleagues.

The assistant professor will be teaching and examining on a number of courses within countryside planning, agricultural geography and landscape ecology and can expect to supervise student projects at bachelor or master’s level. The ability to teach courses at Bachelor level in Danish is an important qualification. To a limited extent the assistant professor may also be requested to perform other duties.

It is expected that you contribute constructively to implementation of department strategies, wellbeing and collaboration at the department and take part in scientific and social events.  You must have good cooperation skills, abilities for self-management and experience from collaboration with stakeholders beyond academia is an advantage.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section for Geography, Ole Mertz.

The position is time-limited to 3 years and it is based within the Section for Geography and the Research Group on Transformation of Cities and Landscapes – Geoinformatics.
The position is open from 01 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). 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
  • 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 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 1st March 2021, 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.


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: 01-03-2021
Employment start: 01-05-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning