Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

University of Copenhagen


Tenure-track assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics 

Department of Food and Resource Economics 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 


The Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as assistant professor within the field of Agricultural Economics. The position will have its main emphasis on economic aspects related to the activities within the agricultural sector and exploration of the factors driving the changes in agricultural activities, e.g. agricultural and environmental policies, climate change, and food demand. We are looking for applicants with documented research experience, including empirical modelling and/or econometric research within one or more of the following research areas:  

  • economics of land use and climate change and related policies;  

  • agricultural economics and microeconomic analysis of farms and farm households; 

  • evaluation of agricultural and environmental policies; 

  • agricultural value chains and upstream and downstream effects of agricultural activities 

  • agricultural food markets and trade in developed and developing countries. 

The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include theoretical and empirical research within the above fields, including contributions to collaborative and interdisciplinary work, obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within resource economics. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties, like public sector advisory work. 


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. 


The position is open from 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section Jesper Sølver Schou, tel. (+45) 35 33 69 01, jss@ifro.ku.dk or  Head of Department Bo Jellesmark Thorsen (+45) 353 31700, bjt@ifro.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.  


The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.952).  


Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 


The tenure-track programme 

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.  


Criteria for promotion 

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria: 

  • A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in  high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period 

  • Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications 

  • A significant track record of successful external research funding

  • Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors/mentors, or/and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group  

  • Completed http://www.ind.ku.dk/english/course_overview/up/ and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses 

  • Successful supervision/co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

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


Please include  

- Curriculum vitae including: 

  • Please describe and document international network and relations  

  • Please describe and document internationally based activities 

  • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark 

  • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media 

  • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants. 

- 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 up to 5 particularly relevant papers 


The deadline for applications is 24 March 2019, 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.


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


Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 23 August 2019. 


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0017/18-2N. 

In your application, please refer to Professorpositions.com


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