Associate Professsor in geographic information technology (211-0358)


Associate Professor in geographic information technology

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a position as associate professor in geographic information technology from September 2015.

The position will be anchored in both the Section for Geography and Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning.

During the past decades, geographic information technology has proven and consolidated its relevance and potentials in all kinds of spatial planning initiatives. The Department of Geosciences and Natural Management (IGN) has a long tradition of research in the fields of geographical information systems (GIS) and computer aided design (CAD) within landscape architecture, geography and other fields. After a fusion of several departments recently, IGN is looking for the right profile to contribute to bridging the gaps between different scientific groups involved in this field. One of the major goals for this position is to add to and re-think the contents of the existing teaching curricula and consider new cross-sectorial teaching initiatives at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning and Section for Geography to strengthen the collaborative focus in this field.

The candidate should have a solid scientific profile and strong teaching experiences within several of the following topics related to geographic information technology:

  • Geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Abstractions of the real world through different GIS data models
  • Data acquisition
  • Spatial modelling and analysis
  • Application programming in Python
  • Database management systems
  • Spatial decision support systems
  • Spatial statistics
  • Geodesign
  • Geovisualisation.
  • GIS and CAD data integration.Experience within one or more of the following disciplines in relation to GIS: Physical geography, land cover/use, climate change adaptions, landscape planning and design, urban planning and design will be considered an advantage.

Furthermore, the candidate should have experience in the  following area:

  • Cross-disciplinary research collaboration with involving external , private partners
  • Cohosting seminars, conferences and workshops with external partners.
  • Production of ‘popular scientific material’
  • Participation in the planning/design processes and evaluation of proposed designs.

Applicants are required to have a strong university level teaching experience, specifically within GIS involving:

  • Development of course curricula at BA, M.Sc., and PhD levels
  • Development of course material (lectures, exercises, compendia, books) at BA, M.Sc., and PhD levels.
  • Conduct of courses at BA, M.Sc., and PhD levels
  • Supervision at BA, M.Sc., and PhD levels
  • External teaching activities (in relation to, e.g. professional master programs and technical workshops and seminar)Applicants must have documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen’s teacher training program for assistant professors is required.
  • Part of the teaching duties requires Danish language skills. If the applicant does not have sufficient Danish language skills, the successful applicant must acquire these skills within the first years of appointment.
  • Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will 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.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section Landscape Architecture and Planning, Henrik Vejre (, +453533 1819 or Head of Section Geography, Lasse Møller Jensen ( +453532 2566.

The position is open from 01 09 2015 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.

Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 444,165 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 75,952)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be 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 qualificationsaccording to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2015.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 17 July 2015.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0358


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