Professor with Specific Responsibilities in Surveying & Positioning (50128)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, Aalborg University Copenhagen a position as Professor with special responsibilities in Surveying & Positioning</em> is open for appointment from 1.11.2018 or soon thereafter. The Employment is a temporary position of 5 years, with a possibility of extension. The Department of Planning includes development and planning in a broad sense, and thereby it reaches from the social science aspects of development (technological, environmental, international and administrative aspects) to physical planning, sector planning, land management, and to technical subjects such as environmental management, energy planning, surveying and geoinformatics. The department belongs to the Technical Faculty of IT and Design. You can read more about the Department here." This position is within an interdisciplinary research group within the department consisting of geoinformatics, land management, urban and regional planning, and geography.

Job description

Aalborg University is currently seeking to expand its research team and teaching capabilities with a Professor in the field of land surveying and positioning.

A successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to teach and conduct research in the broad area of surveying and positioning, and should have research experience aligned to at least the first two of the following topics:

  • Geodetic positioning and GNSS
  • Land surveying and boundary law
  • Photogrammetry, lidar and remote sensing
  • Navigation and location-based services
  • Data quality assessments

The position is closely related to the chartered surveyor education programme, which is running in a dual campus environment, with parallel educations in Aalborg and Copenhagen. As Professor with special responsibilities, you will be expected to play a leading role in strengthening the Land Surveying and Management education at the Copenhagen campus in close cooperation with the research group in Aalborg campus. It is expected that you take an active role in teaching and development of curriculums for the M.Sc. programme in Land Surveying and Management. However, you may also be involved in teaching other study programmes at the University.

The position will be placed in Copenhagen alongside a strong geoinformatics research group and a smaller land management group.  

As Professor with special responsibilities, you will be expected to develop a strong research profile within the field of land surveying and positioning, including supporting young academics (PhD, post.doc. etc.) in their career development. Experience with supervision of PhD students is advantageous. With the responsibility to initiate, attract and lead externally funded research and innovation projects, you are required to be experienced in project development and project management. 

In summary, the main responsibility as Professor will be to build up a research agenda within the fields of surveying and positioning in an interdisciplinary department. You will have responsibility to:

  • Strengthen the existing research environment in land surveying at the Department of Planning
  • Attract external funding to establish a research agenda with international impact and visibility
  • Supervise PhD students
  • Provide leadership for the master’s programme in Land surveying and Management
  • Actively engage with internal and external research environments and beyond in order to strengthen Aalborg University’s position within the field.

We offer an innovative research environment within the field of geoinformatics and land management but seeks to strengthening the research within land surveying and positioning.

All teaching programmes at Aalborg University utilise a problem-based learning philosophy, which, among other things, requires that at least half of the ECTS per semester are derived from group-based student projects. This model offers ample opportunities for developing strong ties between teaching, research, and practice.    

You may obtain further information about the position from Professor and Head of section Henning Sten Hansen, +45 28156464,

Qualification requirements:
The level of qualifications shall correspond to the ordinary positions at the level of Professor however, also the potential of the candidate to further develop the academic fields in question as well as a documented original scientific production shall be taken into consideration. An assessment of the ability of the candidate to undertake the specific projects related to the appointment in question will be particularly emphasised. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. 

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.

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

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Nickie Kate 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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Fri Jun 01 00:00:00 CEST 2018

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