Full Professor in Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section (BCE) at Department of Engineering (ENG www.eng.au.dk) at Aarhus University invites applications for a full professor in biocatalysis. The University follows an ambitious strategic investment plan to significantly increase activities within research and education in Industrial Biotechnology. The vision is to bring AU into the global biotechnology elite. Aarhus University therefore seeks an exceptionally innovative and visionary engineering researcher to be part of this build-up and to strengthen and develop the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Aarhus University. The position is affiliated to Department of Engineering and is available from 1st of November 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Industrial Biotechnology at ENG-BCE
BCE has a strong research expertise within Industrial Biotechnology, including biocatalysis, enzyme engineering, microbial biotechnology.

The advertised professorship must support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current range of strong competences within Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. The available professorship in biocatalysis relates specifically to research in optimization of enzymatic conversion by substrate, medium and reaction engineering. The research should lead to practical and economical biotransformations in industrially relevant environments, leading to a greener and more efficient chemical industry and strongly supporting the transition towards sustainable circular bioeconomies.

Qualifications
For this positions, it is crucial that candidates hold a deep understanding of real-world systems and relevant application domains such as food, feed, bulk chemicals, materials and higher value molecules.

The candidates are expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the Industrial Biotechnology research area, the Department of Engineering in general as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential.

The candidates must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Relevant industrial R&D experience, or documented collaboration with industrial partners, is considered highly 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.

Qualifications for the full professor level at Aarhus University include 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.

Application
Your application must contain a CV including research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Also, a teaching plan/statement and a research plan (length of 2-3 pages each, including your planned future teaching and research directions) are required. 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.

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Technical Sciences, Gustav Wied Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C.

Deadline: 30 September 2020.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of the BCE Section Anders Bentien, bentien@eng.au.dk, or Head of Department of Engineering, Lars DM Ottosen, ldmo@eng.au.dk

New organisation
A process has been initiated in terms of reorganizing of engineering at AU. Read more here: https://eng.au.dk/en/news-and-events/news/show/artikel/new-organisation-to-strengthen-engineering-at-aarhus-university-1/

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 ques-tion 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.

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/

Deadline:
30 September 2020

 


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