Associate/Assistant Professor in Applied Arctic Geophysics

DTU Civil Eng
Wednesday 18 Apr 18

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The Department of Civil Engineering at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for an Associate/Assistant Professor position in the Section for Geotechnics and Geology. DTU Civil Engineering is composed of five sections with the Section for Geotechnics and Geology focusing broadly on geology and geotechnics and currently expanding its activities in Arctic and Cold Climate applications. We seek a researcher within the broad field of applied Arctic geophysics in an infrastructure context, with a special focus on the application of geoelectrical methods for site investigation purposes.

Responsibilities and tasks
The department is looking for a flexible and enthusiastic candidate, who will take part in developing an Arctic geotechnical and geophysical research platform within the framework of Arctic DTU, Center for Arctic Technology, taking advantage of the DTU campus in Sisimiut, Greenland. In particular, it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to contribute to one or more of the following fields:

  • Continue the development of geoelectrical methods for application in Arctic site investigations focusing on infrastructure development and maintenance.
  • Develop experimental methodology and facilities for geotechnical/geophysical classification of permafrost soils at both the Lyngby and Sisimiut campuses
  • Development of multi-disciplinary hazard and risk evaluation frameworks focusing on Arctic infrastructure in a changing climate.
  • Hydro-thermo-mechanical modelling of permafrost areas in an infrastructure context.

With this position, we open for new and interesting research fields, which are to be defined in collaboration with the successful candidate. We therefore ask the applicants to submit a proposed research plan describing how the applicant expects to contribute within the outlined research fields.

Dissemination of research results is expected through scientific publications, interdisciplinary collaborative projects at national and international level, and the candidate is expected to undertake public sector consultancy in Greenland whilst engaging in the continuous dissemination of these activities. The successful candidate is expected to engage heavily in fundraising activities targeted towards this field of research.

Educational responsibilities include among other things classroom teaching/lecturing, supervision of individual (or group) projects, and supervision of M.Sc. students, PhD students, and postdocs. The position will include travel activities and 1-2 months/year of the teaching will take place in Sisimiut, Greenland at Bachelor and Master level courses. The educational responsibilities will, to the extent possible, be related to the research focus area, however flexibility is required and it is expected that the candidate will be able to cover and contribute to a wide spectrum of topics within basic geotechnics and geophysics on both bachelor and master level.

Please note that the expected teaching at undergraduate level is primarily to be in Danish, while at postgraduate level (M.Sc. or PhD) it is required to be in English. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses, with the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first two-three years.”

Administrative duties include academic assessment work on all levels.

Other content of the position:

  • Associate Professors – Responsibilities related to PhD and Postdoc supervision, research project management, and academic departmental work.
  • Assistant Professors – will have to complete DTU’s education in university teaching (UDTU) and is expected to co-supervise PhD students.

The candidate is expected to operate within an interdisciplinary research team as well as actively collaborate with other research groups at DTU and foreign universities.

Candidates for an

  • Assistant Professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent)
  • Associate Professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an Assistant Professorship
  • Associate professorship must document didactic/pedagogic training 

All applicants must have a strong knowledge of applied geophysics in an infrastructure context and experience with field activities in permafrost areas.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The assistant professor position is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment.

More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen, +45 4525 2251, e-mail:, or Professor Ida Lykke Fabricius, +45 4525 2162, e-mail:

You can read more about the department at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Views regarding teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • List of publications (applicants applying for the position as associate professor should indicate scientific highlights)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • Suggested research plan

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for” please indicate whether you are applying for position as Associate or Assistant Professor.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Civil Engineering is a university department engaged in building and construction.
  • The mission of the department is to conduct an optimal combination of education, research and industrial collaboration together with innovation. The department contributes to establishing social and commercial value creation through the development of technological knowledge. Furthermore, the department cooperates closely with the public sector.
  • The vision of the department is to be one of World’s leading civil engineering institutions and thereby become a preferred partner in collaboration with businesses and institutions in the building sector.

The Section of Geotechnics and Geology aims to establish a coherent understanding of the importance of geological and geotechnical conditions for the operating principles of construction and infrastructure as well as form the basis for socially responsible utilization of natural resources, including Denmark's subsoil.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.