Assistant professor (tenure track) / Associate professor in Chemical Engineering

Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University
Aarhus C, Aarhus (DK)
April 06 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Faculty, Other

The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering (BCE – at Aarhus University, invites applications for assistant professor (tenure track) or associate professor in Chemical Engineering.

The University has an ambitious strategy to increase its activities within research and education in the engineering sciences. The vision is to bring AU into the global elite of technical universities. The University therefore seeks exceptionally innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up and to strengthen and develop Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University.

The position is available from November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering
The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section has strong chemical engineering research areas within Environmental engineering, Materials Engineering and Process Engineering. Close collaboration with the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Molecular Biology & Genetics, iNano, Biosciences, Food, Agroecology and Chemistry, is a natural part of our culture. The successful applicant will be working with Chemical Engineering and will produce and disseminate knowledge and research results in the relevant field. Translation of results into solving relevant societal problems is a highly prioritized part of our work.

Working area
The successful applicant will be working with the chemical basis of relevant processes and their translation into solving societal and industrial challenges. This position will support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current range of strong competences in BCE. Possible topics for the position are all related to Chemical Engineering research and include, but is not restricted to, one of the following research areas:

  • Functional Materials
  • Biobased polymers
  • Process Engineering

It is crucial that candidates have a deep understanding of real world systems and the ability to implement research in industrial applications. Ability to relate research to achievement of UN sustainability goals will be emphasized as well.

It is an additional requirement that the successful candidate has strong interest in teaching, university education, and is willing and motivated to take the responsibility as Head of Degree Programme for the Chemical Engineering degrees at BCE. Extensive support for this task can be expected, as well as a significant reduction of teaching loads. Experience with developing and managing educational programs in chemical engineering will be considered an advantage, but is not a requirement.

The position will be anchored in the section for Process & Materials Engineering, and the candidate is expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the department as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential.

The candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Relevant industrial R&D experience is considered positive. Candidates must, relative to their career stage, have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, a record of sustained external funding, with concomitant nationally or internationally recognized leadership in their field.

The candidates are expected to be able to drive the build-up of internationally competitive research activities, and/or contribute to strengthening the current research activities. Commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including existing courses and development of new courses, is expected in the extend that it can be combined with the Head of Degree Program function.

Further expectations for the various levels of appointment are:
Assistant professor (tenure track): Candidates must demonstrate potential for outstanding research and teaching. Some years of post-graduate research and publication experience is required. Experience from successful external research collaborations with industry and academia, project management skills, and experience in attraction of external funding is preferred.
Associate professor: Candidates must have a strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience.
Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Technical Sciences, Åbogade 40, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Your application must contain a visionary research statement with concrete research proposals, a teaching statement and relevant experience with development of degree programmes, a CV including current research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Both research and teaching statements should not be longerthan 2-3 pages in length each. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly. Finally, you must indicate level (assistant professor or associate professor) you are applying for as well as the main disciplines that you specialize in.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Department for Biological and Chemical Engineering (Lars DM Ottosen,, +45 51371671) or Head of Section for Process & Materials Engineering (Anders Bentien,, +45 30369515).

  Technical Sciences Tenure Track Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.

The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:

  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.
Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Ensuring gender balance at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering is a high priority at Aarhus University, and therefore, we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

29 April 2021


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