211-0094/19-2E Associate Professor of Soil Biological Fertility University of Copenhagen Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences Denmark

211-0094/19-2E Associate Professor of Soil Biological Fertility



Associate Professor of Soil Biological Fertility

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen


The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a position as Associate Professor of Soil Biological Fertility, starting from 1 December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Place of employment will be at Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark 


Job description

Soil fertility is of fundamental importance to sustainability of agroecosystems and the main responsibility for the Associate Professor will be to strengthen the department’s research profile on soil biological fertility aspects, complementing strongholds on soil chemical and physical fertility. The research profile includes, but is not limited to, the role of biological organic matter decomposition and release of plant nutrients for soil fertility, strategies for using microbial agents for soil nutrient mobilisation, plant growth promotion or biostimulation/control, methods for biological enhancement of nutrient availability from recycled organic wastes and carbon sequestration in soils. The research of the associate professor should address agricultural practices, measures and technologies to enhance soil biological fertility through use of recycled, bio-based fertiliser products and new/improved fertilisation strategies in agricultural systems to lower emissions and enhance soil carbon sequestration. Furthermore, the research should contribute to better modelling of soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics in agroecosystem models, in order to better assess sustainability and long-term-resilience of agricultural production systems. Agroecosystems in focus could include conventional intensive, high-input as well as low-input or organic farming systems in various climatic zones. 


Duties include the associate professor’s own research, development of the field in collaboration with other research group members, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The associate professor must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department. Teaching areas to be covered include, but are not limited to, land use and natural resource management, tropical crop production and soil fertility management, climate change and sustainable agricultural practices in both intensive and more low-input agricultural systems in different parts of the world.


Required qualifications 

The successful applicant should be able to document:


    A PhD in agricultural or soil sciences or equivalent.

    Strong research experience and publication record within the subject areas listed in the job description, to a level achievable in a position as assistant professor or equivalent.

    University level, research-based teaching experience and ability to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. 

    Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors.

    Ability to attract external funding for and conduct research projects, also in collaboration with other researchers and larger networks.  

    Experience in research dissemination to the public and relevant stakeholders.

    Good interpersonal and communicative skills.


Assessment of applications will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.


Description of the scientific environment 

The Plant and Soil Science Section at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences covers fundamental and applied studies of plant-environment interactions and soil processes, which are fundamental drivers for development of climate-smart and resource efficient agricultural systems for sustainable production of food, energy and biomaterials. The research fields include soil fertility, plant nutrition, molecular plant breeding and plant defense genetics. The soil fertility research group, which this associate professor position will be part of, comprises a professorial chair, two other associate professors, and 10-15 postdocs and PhD students.


Further information on the Department is linked at https://plen.ku.dk/english/ and the Section at https://plen.ku.dk/english/research/plant_soil/. Inquiries about the position can be made to head of section Jan K. Schjørring, phone 353 33495 or mail jks@plen.ku.dk 


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. 


Commencing salary is currently for Assoc. Professors up to DKK 473.479 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 81.011). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 


Please include 


    Curriculum vitae including information about external funding 

    Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent) 

    Research plan – description of current and future research plans 

    Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines

    Complete publication list

    Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers



The deadline for applications is 2 June 2019, 23:59 GMT +2. 


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. 


You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.


Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 2 October 2019. 


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0094/19-2E.

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