17. december 2020

Assistant professor in the field of Climate Science at the Niels Bohr Institute

Assistant professor:

Niels Bohr Institute's (NBI) section for the Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth (PICE), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering an assistant professor position starting 1 March 2021.

Peter Ditlevsen

PICE studies the elements of the Earth and climate system – the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets, sea ice, solid Earth, and the interactions between them. The position is available for 2,5 years.

This position is support for the CriticalEarth project – a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Network (ITN)

The assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research within the climate system, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within the ITN network CriticalEarth. To a limited extent this may also include performance of other duties.

Research should be in the field of proxy development and proxy-based synchronization of ice cores to different archives using stratigraphic markers, between the Holocene and last interglacial. And an experimental and innovative person would be favoured.

Further the assistant professor is to ensure the day to day running of the Critical Earth project - “Multiscale Critical Transitions in the Earth System - funded through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme under Grant number 956170 and  provide key support to an ITN network of 15 to be recruited PhD Fellows (ESRs), who will be trained to research new methods for assessing the mechanisms and associated risks of critical transitions in the climate. As art of the ITN network the position offers a strong, cross-disciplinary network among leading Universities and research institutions across Europe and with contacts to industry, governmental- and non-governmental institutions.

Assessment of applicants for the assistant professor role  will consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/

Required qualifications and skills:

  • PhD degree in a field related to climate science
  • Research experience in the field of proxy-based climate synchronization

Experience of teaching or supervision of students Additional preferred skills

  • Experience coordinating an EU research project
  • Experience with drafting and reporting deliverables to EU, including Data Management and GDPR strategies
  • Experience of web design and publishing content
  • Skills in communications and media relations and social media

Work task description
The position is part scientific research within the field of paleoclimatic climate change and management of the ITN project, the tasks involve, but are not limited to:

Research Activities in the field of past climate change and synchronization between paleo records, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations.

Science Project Management of the ITN project Critical Earth. The day-to-day management of the CriticalEarth will be handled by the Science Project Manager (SPM) in support of the Project Coordinator, together with the secretariat and EU Liaison Office at UCPH. This includes; 1) support in the recruitment of 15 PhD students. 2) Reporting to EU The SPM will be tasked with drafting key documents, such as the Data Management Plan and GDPR and Communication strategies for the project. The Manager will also coordinate the submission of other scientific and financial reports with project members, Work Package owners, the PI and EU Liaison Office to ensure the timely submission of deliverables to the EU portal. 3) Construction and management of ITN network website.  The website should act as a networking hub for the 15 PhD students, with details of workshops and training opportunities, as well as a platform for outreach and dissemination of the ITN project findings. 4) Internal communication The SPM will maintain the web-pages of the project and will establish a monthly newsletter and UCPH ERDA account to keep the network informed of progress, forthcoming meetings and opportunities.  

Conditions and terms of employment
The position is open from 1 March 2021 and is a full time position for two and a half years (2.5 years), dedicated to lab and desk based research as an sssistant professor as well as managing the ITN grant.

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.

How to apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans (max 1 page)
  • 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 with five relevant papers.

The deadline for applications is 3 January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The selection will be exclusively based on qualification without regard to gender identity, sexual orientation religion, national origin or age. Disabled applicants with comparable qualifications will be given preference.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee. 

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

Further information
For further details or information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Peter Ditlevsen; pditlev@nbi.ku.dk


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: 03-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: The Niels Bohr Institute