Vacant position - Professorship in Subsoil Geomicrobiology - apply before October 3th 2005

Published 02-08-2005

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) invite applications for a joint Professorship in Subsoil Geomicrobiology. The position is primarily located at GEUS. Up to one sixth of the year's work will be located at the KVL Department of Natural Sciences, where the main responsibilities will lie within planning of educational programmes and teaching.

Job description:
The main responsibility of the successful candidate will be to motivate, strengthen and develop the institutions' research and teaching activities regarding the microbiological composition of subsoils and aquifers affected by xenobiotic substances. This research focuses on microbial degradation of xenobiotic substances under realistic and natural conditions and aims to provide an understanding of the ability of various subsoils, sediments and aquifers to degrade xenobiotic substances. Molecular biology and molecular biology methods are also employed. It is an advantage, but not a necessity, if candidates are additionally able to bring to the position other areas of expertise of relevance to GEUS/KVL.

In the selection process, emphasis will be placed on the following qualifications:
· Documented research qualifications in the fields of subsoil geomicrobiology and molecular biology
· A high level of original scientific production of international standard
· Documented ability to design and implement cross-disciplinary projects
· Experience in leading major research projects
· Documented teaching experience at BSc up to PhD level
· Experience with continuing education, both in the form of lecturing and tutoring. Documented expertise in the development of courses and educational programmes and in the preparation of course material would be an advantage
· Ability to engage and motivate staff and good ability to cooperate
· Innovative and able to develop GEUS/KVL´s research and teaching activities in the field.

Importance will also be accorded to the applicant's professional networks, both national and international, as well as to the applicant's ability to integrate the microbiological field with the geochemical/environmental chemistry field.

Applicants must master the English language. Non Danish speaking applicants must be prepared to learn Danish at a suitable working level within the first twelve months of employment.

Salary and employment conditions:
The position is a five-year fixed-term appointment with the possibility of a three-year extension.

Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The annual salary is approximately DKK 470.412,00 plus a pension arrangemant. A personal supplement may be negotiated through the relevant professional organization. If the applicant is already a Danish civil servant, Civil Service conditions of employment will apply.

Applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

Further information:
Information about GEUS is available at and about KLV at More information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Per Rosenberg, GEUS, phone +45 3814 2323, e-mail, or Head of Department Susanne Sørensen, KVL Department of Natural Sciences, phone +45 3528 2440, e-mail

The application, which should be written in English and marked "Professorship in Subsoil Geomicrobiology", GEUS No. 0361-029, should contain the applicant's curriculum vitae (including documentation of the applicant's educational history) and a complete list of published works. Relevant scientific works that the applicant wishes to be taken into account by the Evaluation Committee should be enclosed (though a maximum of 10). Other material documenting the applicant's research and teaching qualifications should also be enclosed. In addition, the applicant should include a 2-3-page memorandum briefly describing the applicant's most important scientific works of relevance to the position, the applicant's contribution to these and the applicant's teaching qualifications. Applicants are also encouraged to provide a brief, one-page account of their vision for the field and their plans to develop the field at GEUS/KVL.

In addition to the material submitted by the applicant, the Evaluation Committee may decide to include further material in its evaluation. Applicants are bound to submit any additional material requested by the Evaluation Committee.

Applicants will be evaluated in accordance with paragraph 5, sektion 5 of the Statutory Order on the Appointment of Faculty at Universities, etc.

Applications and enclosures submitted in paper form should be submitted as six identical, collated sets. Applications and enclosures may also be submitted electronically on CD-ROM or by e-mail provided they are in Word 97 or Word XP readable format.

Applicants who are already Danish civil servants should address their applications to the Queen.

Applications must be received by GEUS no later than 12 noon (Danish time) on October 3th 2005 and should be submitted to:

Øster Voldgade 10
1350 Copenhagen K