Assistant Professor of Geoscience

University of Copenhagen

Assistant Professor of Geoscience

Tenure-track assistant Professor of bridging geo- and AI-sciences
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) & Department of Computer Science (DIKU)

Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

IGN and DIKU are offering a joint tenure-track position to strengthen and sustain the collaboration in research for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to bridge between geoscience and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and also to educate the next generation of computer scientists and geoscientists to develop and use AI for solving problems in geoscience and remote sensing in academia and industry. The tenure-track assistant professor will be employed at IGN but the obligations related to the position will be shared among IGN and the DIKU.

We are looking for an outstanding researcher with an innovative mind-set and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile of the departments within geo- and AI Sciences. Research areas of interest include data-driven land system science and geoscience based on the ever-increasing stream of geospatial data (e.g. 2D data from satellite sensors, 3D point cloud data from LIDAR instruments, and tracking data) and other biological and genetical data that holds great potential for unravelling these major unknowns for improved sustainable resource management. Candidates are expected to publish in premier venues within computer science, including, but not limited to NeurIPS/ICML/COLT/JMLR, and/or geoscience journals as well as journals covering broader environmental aspects.The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within IGN and DIKU. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties.

The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant 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. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at

The position is open from 1 March 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of IGN Vivian Kvist Johannsen, and/or Head of DIKU Jakob Grue Simonsen,

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 Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The tenure-track programme
The tenure-track programme is a career programme and an assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the <a href="