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Full professor in Climate modelling

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (iClimate) at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position as full professor. The position is to be filled by March 1st 2020 or as soon as possible, subject to negotiation. For the right candidate the faculty will be able to provide a start package to ease the transfer of a research group.

Aarhus University, Science and Technology (AU/ST) have established an interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (iClimate) with the purpose of contributing to solve our grand societal challenges within Climate Change and Climate systems via excellent research. iClimate has the ambition to significantly increase our basic understanding of the climate system by interdisciplinary and close collaboration between research teams with different scientific backgrounds and expertise. The Centre will expand our understanding of the underlying processes driving climate change and related impacts on the global scale, in the Arctic and the global/Arctic interactions. Understanding the underlying processes is vital for development within three major areas of societal importance; agriculture, power production/consumption, and urban systems, which holds the key for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions/fluxes or even CO2 extraction and for stimulating climate adaptation (see also

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Atmospheric Environment at the Department of Environmental Science, which is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted related to some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 150 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at The department is co-located at RISØ Campus with part of Department of Bioscience in Roskilde 35 kilometers west of Copenhagen.

Description of the position
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development and management of the center and to the fulfillment of the overall ambition to significantly increase our understanding of the climate system by interdisciplinary and close collaboration between research teams with different scientific backgrounds and expertise.

The new professor will take a leading role in the future building of the department of environmental science with equality and diversity at its core. This includes talent development within the area by supervising graduate students, post docs and tenure track scientist.

The successful candidate is expected to build a high-class research environment within climate and earth system modelling and is expected to contribute to model developments describing new understandings of the forcing and drivers of the climate system from anthropogenic and natural origins at global, regional and national scales. Climate modeling with regards to impacts on the Arctic or agriculture in Denmark and globally are of specific interest due to Aarhus University leading role in these research fields.

The professor will likely assess relevant scenarios including high-end in terms of socio-economic pathway (SSPs) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), including overshooting challenges. Scenario and sensitivity model studies showing the importance of the different climate drivers are important in order to make recommendations to stakeholders. The professor will co-develop climate services and site-specific climate risk assessments for and with end-users from the public and private sectors.

The successful candidate will be part of the atmospheric modelling group in Department of Environmental Science that have a strong research environment within modelling of atmospheric chemistry, including studies of the interactions between climate change and air chemistry. This position is central for the overall coordination of the interdisciplinary work within iClimate and with other national and international research groups.

Qualification requirements
The position requires experience within the field of climate change and climate modelling. The ideal candidate has experience with interdisciplinary science as well as experience with interactions with the surrounding society. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have strong international networks and capabilities of building networks at international and national level.

Applicants should have several years of highly productive post-graduate research after completed PhD, and strong publication experience. A significant track-record of successful external research funding, as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals are required. Publications with high-level publishers (according to BFI (The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator) of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science) are also recognized.

A demonstrated research leadership and ability to attract large research projects and to successfully supervise PhD students and Master theses/Bachelor projects is required. Experience in conducting consultancy/advisory projects and/or developing and delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is desirable. The successful applicant must have proven extensive international research collaboration (e.g. joint papers and proposals) and have an ability to provide inspiration and guidance for colleagues. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. In addition, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for values of equality, diversity and inclusion. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams and believes in creating an attractive work/life balance in her/his research group.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, RISØ Campus in Roskilde, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde , Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at AU International Center offers a full range of services to make the transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Other information
English is the working language at the department for many of the researchers. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it is desirable that international employees are able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates (and their partners) are offered Danish courses.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor and Head of Department Carsten Suhr Jacobsen (; +45 8517 8501), or Professor and Center leader Jørgen Brandt (; +45 8715 8522).

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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.

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.

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

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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

01 September 2019


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