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5-year position as Professor in Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics at Aarhus University

The National Centre for Register-based Research (NCRR), Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position as a Professor in Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics. The position is to be filled by 1 October 2020.

The position
The appointee is expected to establish and lead an independent research group in bioinformatics, statistical genetics, and psychiatric genetics. More specifically, the appointee is expected to work on combining genomic and epidemiological data in models related to the causes and consequences of mental disorders. We expect the applicant to work closely with epidemiologists, data analysts, clinicians and visiting researchers based at the National Centre for Register-based research. In particular, we are looking for researchers interested in driving innovation in how to combine evidence from epidemiology (e.g. data available from Danish registers) and genetics (e.g. polygenic risk scores, and related measures of genetic risk status).

The position will be based at the National Centre for Register-based Research (NCRR), Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus University. NCRR is an interdisciplinary research center and a leading international research centre in psychiatric epidemiology. The applicant is also expected to collaborate both with researchers at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, as well as with researchers at other departments across the university, including psychiatric genetics researchers at the Department of Biomedicine and at the Bioinformatics Research Centre.

The working language at the department is English, but the appointee should be able to teach in Danish after 4 years of employment.

The candidate
We seek an internationally competitive researcher with an excellent academic track-record in statistical genetics, bioinformatics and psychiatric genetics. The applicant must document good capabilities in dissemination and fundraising and excellent collaborative skills as demonstrated through a significant number and quality of international publications. We expect the candidate to be an expert in developing methods in statistical genetics and to have a strong documented track record in this area. We also expect the candidate to have proven a record of obtaining significant research funding. The candidate is expected to have teaching experience and experience in supervising graduate students or other relevant management experience. Applicants must present their work plan and strategy for a research program on basic and applied perspectives.

The following professional and personal qualifications are required:

  • PhD degree or equivalent qualifications
  • Documented research qualifications at a high level in statistical genetics, bioinformatics, and psychiatric genetics.
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in teaching and supervision
  • Experience in communication of research to broader audiences;
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Ability to write and speak English fluently

Applicants should present their future research avenues and visions for building an independent research group, as well as how they plan to obtain funding. Qualifications in teaching will be evaluated, and the applicants are encouraged to describe how they would like to contribute to teaching in the future.

Working place
NCRR – the National Centre for Register-based Research is a section at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS financed mainly by external research funds ( The Centre houses an internationally acknowledged group of researchers in psychiatric epidemiology, regularly publishing scientific articles ( In addition to its own research, the Centre also conducts guidance and counselling related to register-based research projects, validation and data management of register data, as well as development of methods for analysis of register data. Other significant grants based at NCRR include

Niels Bohr Professorship: Until the end of 2021 NCRR hosts Niels Bohr professor John McGrath from Brisbane, Australia. Professor McGrath is world leading in psychiatric research, and the grant from the Danish National Research Foundation has enabled him to establish an exciting research project at NCRR in close collaboration with the employees of the Centre. Read more here.

iPSYCH: The head of NCRR is also scientific director of iPSYCH. iPSYCH studies the environmental and genetic architecture of mental disorders ( iPSYCH is the world’s largest study of its kind and presently includes approx. 130,000 persons.

CIRRAU: The National Center for Register-based Research also houses CIRRAU (Center for Integrated Register-Based Research), funded by Aarhus University with the purpose of promoting interdisciplinary register-based research ( CIRRAU provides the necessary and basic data infrastructure for the implementation of several registry-based research projects.

Place of work is Fuglesangs Alle 26, 8210 Aarhus V

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Preben B Mortensen, email:

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Charlotte Zingenberg ph.: + 8716 53 62 E-mail:

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

Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
    Publications. Up to 10 publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in five copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

Read more about Aarhus BSS' professorship policy here.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.

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

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at


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