Associate Professor in Marine Governance and Coastal Community Development (42257)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, a position as Associate Professor in Marine Governance and Coastal Community Development is open for appointment from June 1, 2018 or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning (PLAN) conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions. The Associate Professor will be located in the city of Aalborg, Denmark. Internally within the University, the position will be linked to the research center IFM – Centre for Blue Governance. IFM – Centre for Blue Governance undertakes social scientific research within fisheries, marine governance, and the development of coastal communities and regions, both internationally and nationally. IFM – Centre for Blue Governance collaborates cross-disciplinarily in the department in order to develop sustainable solutions.

Job description

The Associated Professor will do research within marine governance, coastal community development and stakeholder participation. The successful applicant will have a proven track record and documented experience in these areas such that he/she can contribute to the continued development of the research centre’s position as one of the leading research centres investigating the political processes surrounding fisheries/maritime management and development and transition within coastal communities internationally. The position will especially have a strong focus on developing cross-disciplinary and participatory research in Greenland and the Arctic region specifically, and the applicant is expected to contribute with long-term research experience and network among stakeholders and researchers in the Arctic region. 

Teaching responsibilities for the position fall within Techno-anthropology and Geography, but also in other study programmes at the University. The applicants should document research interests and teaching portfolio relevant to these disciplines.

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Jan van Tatenhove (

Qualification requirements:

  • Having a Ph.D. degree relevant in a relevant social scientific discipline;
  • Demonstrated research interest in natural resource management in the Arctic
  • Possessing experience in cross-disciplinary and policy-oriented research
  • Documented experience with social scientific methods and mixed methods research
  • Possessing an active network and relationships within societal institutions working with community development, fisheries, marine and natural resource management in Greenland and the Arctic
  • Experience in planning and coordinating educational programmes at the bachelor and master level

The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor, but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Nickie Hermansen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 7902

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen  here.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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Thu Feb 22 00:00:00 CET 2018

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Online application - some good advice

Online application - some good advice

Aalborg University uses an electronic recruitment system for receiving applications. Towards the bottom in the respective job advertisement you will find a link, which you need to use when applying for the position. Before uploading your application it is important that you have all relevant documentation ready in a Word or PDF format, as you need to upload all material at the same time. You cannot leave the application and return to it a couple of hours later without having to start over.

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If you experience technical problems, we encourage you to try again. If the technical problems, contrary to expectation, cannot be solved, please contact the member of staff listed as the contact person in the job advertisement.