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Associate Professorship in Microbial Physiology

The Department of Biology at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a permanent, full-time associate professor position in microbial physiology to expand and strengthen the departments research and teaching in microbiology as well as applied and environmental microbial ecology. The position opens on January 1st 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The position


We invite an excellent candidate in microbial physiology and biochemistry to join the department´s Section for Microbiology to complement and strengthen the sections strong research profile in the microbial ecology of natural and technical systems, which integrates microbial ecophysiology, biodiversity, evolution and biogeochemistry. The appointee is expected to collaborate broadly with the current scientific staff at the department along with maintaining and extending her/his national and international network.
The preferred candidate should have an active research focus on studies of metabolic pathways and catalytic functions of environmentally relevant microorganisms and utilize state-of-the art cultivation and omics techniques for this purpose.

The appointee will contribute to teaching and supervision at all levels of education (BSc, MSc, PhD), and participate in curriculum development as well as the application of innovative teaching methods, including collaborative student involvement. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or in community engagement programs, as well as involvement in departmental and university services is an expected and integral part of all positions at the department. Qualifications and experience in teaching will be taken into careful consideration during the evaluation.


The candidate


We are looking for an internationally competitive researcher with an excellent academic track-record in microbial physiology/biochemistry and a proven ability to address forefront research questions within this area. We expect that our new colleague shares our enthusiasm for teaching and supervision of bachelor- and graduate students.
Applicants should present their work plan and strategy for a research program as well as a plan for future funding.

We expect the successful candidate to:

  • Conduct research at the highest international level
  • Establish and develop her/his own research group
  • Establish synergies between her/his own research and ongoing research activities at the section and department level
  • Contribute to relevant teaching and supervision of bachelor, masters and PhD students
  • Be able to raise substantial extramural research funding
  • Contribute to the departments strategy and working environment
  • Learn spoken and written Danish to be able to communicate and teach in Danish within a few years.



Qualifications


The following professional and personal qualifications are required:
  • PhD degree in microbiology or a related field
  • An outstanding, independent research profile in Microbial Physiology
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in teaching and supervision
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Experience of and interest in attracting extramural research funding
  • Ability to write and speak clear and fluent English
Research qualifications will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and the academic output, e.g., the number and quality of publications in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals or compatible high-ranking series published by internationally recognised publishing houses.


Working Environment


The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Building 1540, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The associate professor will be part of the research group at the Section for Microbiology. The section offers state-of-the-art laboratories for microbial cultivation, molecular biology and geochemistry supported by a skilled staff of 8 laboratory technicians. Here the candidate will join a collaborative and complementary-skilled team of 5 professors, 3 associate professors and 2 tenure track assistant professors. Research at the section is supported by substantial external funding and is tightly integrated with the Centers for Electromicrobiology and Water Technology. Besides, the newly funded Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center at Aarhus University may also offer collaborative research opportunities for the candidate.

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with about 400 students enrolled as well as a PhD program. The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with a long-standing tradition for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite.  The working language is English, and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.
Read about the Danish work-life balance and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University here.
The Aarhus University campus is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction. You can read more about the Department of Biology here.


Further information 


For additional information please contact Head of Section Associate Professor Kasper U. Kjeldsen (kasperuk@bio.au.dk,  tel +45 5137-7737) or Head of Department Professor Hans Brix (hans.brix@bio.au.dk)


Deadline


Applications must be submitted online and received by: 5 September, 2022.
 


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


Natural 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

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 www.international.au.dk/

 

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Associate Professorship in Microbial Physiology

The Department of Biology at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a permanent, full-time associate professor position in microbial physiology to expand and strengthen the departments research and teaching in microbiology as well as applied and environmental microbial ecology. The position opens on January 1st 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The position


We invite an excellent candidate in microbial physiology and biochemistry to join the department´s Section for Microbiology to complement and strengthen the sections strong research profile in the microbial ecology of natural and technical systems, which integrates microbial ecophysiology, biodiversity, evolution and biogeochemistry. The appointee is expected to collaborate broadly with the current scientific staff at the department along with maintaining and extending her/his national and international network.
The preferred candidate should have an active research focus on studies of metabolic pathways and catalytic functions of environmentally relevant microorganisms and utilize state-of-the art cultivation and omics techniques for this purpose.

The appointee will contribute to teaching and supervision at all levels of education (BSc, MSc, PhD), and participate in curriculum development as well as the application of innovative teaching methods, including collaborative student involvement. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or in community engagement programs, as well as involvement in departmental and university services is an expected and integral part of all positions at the department. Qualifications and experience in teaching will be taken into careful consideration during the evaluation.


The candidate


We are looking for an internationally competitive researcher with an excellent academic track-record in microbial physiology/biochemistry and a proven ability to address forefront research questions within this area. We expect that our new colleague shares our enthusiasm for teaching and supervision of bachelor- and graduate students.
Applicants should present their work plan and strategy for a research program as well as a plan for future funding.

We expect the successful candidate to:

  • Conduct research at the highest international level
  • Establish and develop her/his own research group
  • Establish synergies between her/his own research and ongoing research activities at the section and department level
  • Contribute to relevant teaching and supervision of bachelor, masters and PhD students
  • Be able to raise substantial extramural research funding
  • Contribute to the departments strategy and working environment
  • Learn spoken and written Danish to be able to communicate and teach in Danish within a few years.



Qualifications


The following professional and personal qualifications are required:
  • PhD degree in microbiology or a related field
  • An outstanding, independent research profile in Microbial Physiology
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in teaching and supervision
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Experience of and interest in attracting extramural research funding
  • Ability to write and speak clear and fluent English
Research qualifications will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and the academic output, e.g., the number and quality of publications in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals or compatible high-ranking series published by internationally recognised publishing houses.


Working Environment


The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Building 1540, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The associate professor will be part of the research group at the Section for Microbiology. The section offers state-of-the-art laboratories for microbial cultivation, molecular biology and geochemistry supported by a skilled staff of 8 laboratory technicians. Here the candidate will join a collaborative and complementary-skilled team of 5 professors, 3 associate professors and 2 tenure track assistant professors. Research at the section is supported by substantial external funding and is tightly integrated with the Centers for Electromicrobiology and Water Technology. Besides, the newly funded Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center at Aarhus University may also offer collaborative research opportunities for the candidate.

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with about 400 students enrolled as well as a PhD program. The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with a long-standing tradition for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite.  The working language is English, and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.
Read about the Danish work-life balance and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University here.
The Aarhus University campus is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction. You can read more about the Department of Biology here.


Further information 


For additional information please contact Head of Section Associate Professor Kasper U. Kjeldsen (kasperuk@bio.au.dk,  tel +45 5137-7737) or Head of Department Professor Hans Brix (hans.brix@bio.au.dk)


Deadline


Applications must be submitted online and received by: 5 September, 2022.
 


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


Natural 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

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 www.international.au.dk/

 

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