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Associate professor in Chemical Engineering

The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering (BCE – www.bce.au.dk) at Aarhus University, invites applications for an associate professorship 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
Within Chemical Engineering, the BCE Department has strong research sections in Environmental Engineering and Materials & Process Engineering. Close collaboration with our neighbouring Departments (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. Translation of results into solving relevant societal challenges is a highly prioritized part of our work.

Working area
The position will support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current range of strong competences in Chemical Engineering. Possible topics for the position are all related to Catalysis Engineering, and the research solve both fundamental and applied research topics related to the green transition and sustainability of our economies. It can include, but is not restricted to the following areas:

  • Power-to-X
  • CO2 activation and conversion
  • Catalytic conversion of bio materials
Besides new catalysts, the research can include novel reactor design, catalytic processes and/or upscaling and characterisation of catalysts on larger scale. It is paramount that the candidate has a extended experience with implementation of research into industrial applications. Ability to relate research to achievement of UN sustainability goals will be emphasized as well.

The position will to a start 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. PtX and carbon utilization are growth areas. The candidate should preferably have experience with managing growing organisations.

The candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. The candidate is expected to have extended experience with industrial research and development, and must document experience with research and technology development on higher TRL levels 3-7. Direct industrial R&D experience from employment in a research intensive company is considered highly positive. Candidates must, relative to their academic career stage, have a strong record of research accomplishment, a record of sustained external funding, with concomitant nationally or internationally recognized leadership in their field. Output from industrial research must be significant and, if not published in scientific journals, documented otherwise.

The candidate is expected to be able to drive the build-up of internationally competitive research activities, and 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.

Further expectations for the level of appointment is:

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: https://tech.au.dk/fileadmin/tech.au.dk/HR/Vejledninger_Tech_DK/Kriterier_for_varig_ansaettelse__Tech_.pdf

Place of employment and place of work
The position includes two permanent workplace addresses in Aarhus and Tjele respectively. The attendance at each workplace address is by agreement with your immediate supervisor. At the time of employment, the distribution between the workplace addresses is expected to be 3 days with place of employment in Aarhus and 2 days with place of employment in Tjele, or by further agreement. In Aarhus the place of work is Åbogade 40, 8200 Aarhus N. In Tjele the place of work is AU Campus Foulum, Burrehøjvej, 8830 Tjele. The area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.

Application
Your application must contain a visionary research statement with concrete research proposals, a teaching statement, a CV including current research activities, Industrial R&D experience and output, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Both research and teaching statements should not be longer than 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.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Department for Biological and Chemical Engineering (Lars D. M. Ottosen, LDMO@bce.au.dk, +45 51371671) or Head of Section for Process & Materials Engineering (Anders Bentien, bentien@bce.au.dk, +45 30369515).

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 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.

Deadline
29 April 2021

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 www.international.au.dk/

 


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